Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-02-26

When murder becomes an end, in and of itself, all principles are cast aside. The fact that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ severely condemned Usama bin Zayd, when he killed a captive who had pronounced the Muslim Declaration of Faith (Shahadah), is meaningless to the shot-callers of ISIS when they decided to murder Abdur Rahman Kassig, a captive aid worker who had uttered the Shahadah. Where are we to place their actions in light of the Prophet’s ﷺ condemnation of Usama? The mass murder of randomly kidnapped Coptic Christians by ISIS demands that we ask a similar question. Where do we… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-02-11

As-Salaam Alaikum, Our condolences to the families of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and her sister Razan, the three young Muslims who were murdered yesterday in North Carolina. May their entrance into Paradise be swift and sure, as is the case for the martyr. Many are complaining of the lack of media coverage around this event. The sad fact is that the mainstream media that recently brought us “I am Charlie” has no interest in humanizing Muslims. The deceased were too full of life and positive energy to meet the media-fueled stereotype of the evil, sneaky, not to… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-26

From a rally in front of Dallas City Hall to an interfaith gathering inside a North Dallas church, hundreds of North Texans spent Sunday decrying terrorism — and denouncing those who blame the entire Islamic religion for the violent acts of an extremist few. By Brandon Formby and Claire Z. Cardona, Dallas TX, January 25, 2015 Staff Writers From a rally in front of Dallas City Hall to an interfaith gathering inside a North Dallas church, hundreds of North Texans spent Sunday decrying terrorism — and denouncing those who blame the entire Islamic religion for the violent acts of an… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-20

Mockery: Behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. Mockery of entire groups has effectively been criminalized in Western societies. One would think thrice before publicly mocking Jews, African Americans, homosexuals or many other groups. Yet when it comes to Muslims, all bets, and societal protections are off. To quote Yeats, “we traffic in mockery.” From his moving poem, “Nineteen Hundred Nineteen”: “Come let us mock at the great That had such burdens on the mind And toiled so hard and late To leave some monument behind, Nor thought of… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-13

By Brian Stelter (CNN) It is a message of defiance, but also forgiveness—and many Muslims responded with similarly mixed emotions. It is a magazine cover depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie,” the slogan that became a worldwide meme. Above Mohammed are the words “All Is Forgiven.” On Wednesday, two Muslim extremists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine with a history of mocking Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including several top editors, by two men with terrorist connections who said they were avenging… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-11

Muslims are messengers of mercy to humanity. This message is being buried under the mountains of distortion and defamation being directed towards our community and the gasoline that some ignorant, misguided or devious Muslims are wittingly or unwittingly pouring on smoldering embers of hatred, fear and insecurity that some anti-Muslim forces are spreading here in the West. We are directly commissioned by our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) to undertake this mission of mercy when he mentioned to a group of his companions: “You will not enter Paradise until you are merciful.” Those assembled replied, “All of… Read More


Praise Allah!

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-03

If you have been blessed to experience beauty this day or night, praise Allah! If you are in a cold climate yet have a warm home, praise Allah! If you have been blessed with good health, praise Allah! If you have ample resources or adequate wealth, praise Allah! If you have books to read and pens with which to write, praise Allah! If you have food each time that you open the fridge, praise Allah! If you have running water healthy and clear, praise Allah! If your loved ones are safe and… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-18

The attack by the Pakistani Taliban, purportedly in retaliation for the Pakistani Army’s offensive in Waziristan, illustrates the degree to which an anti-Islamic cult of death has permeated into the ranks of some groups claiming an affiliation with Islam. Be it Boko Haram, ISIS or the Taliban, no one is spared the Satanic wrath of these deranged murderers. Boko Haram blows up mosques filled with worshipers, kills school girls, kidnaps others and sells yet others into sexual bondage. ISIS kills anyone deemed guilty of opposing their twisted view of Shari’ah with wanton impunity. And now the Taliban kills 141 people… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-13

Like Eric Garner, I can’t breathe, eleven times… Maybe because America has stolen my breath, But how could that be, America is never guilty of theft. No stolen labor from chattel slaves, No stolen land from vanquished braves, No stolen kingdom called Hawaii… How could that ever be in the land of the free? If I can’t breathe it’s not because of anything… America has done to me. Like Eric Garner, I can’t breathe, eleven times… But my ensuing death is not the ultimate crime, Because the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-10

If Emmett Till would be the last to die, Then why was Michael Brown left to ask why? Then why was Tamir Rice gunned down so fast? And why was Omar’s life not one to last? Darrien Hunt shot six times in the back, And no cops indicted for that attack. Ezell Ford said to be of unsound mind, Shot down by cops, can they be colorblind? John Crawford sought to buy a BB gun, Tanesha Anderson too sick to run. Akai Gurley was walking down the stairs. Who will be… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-01

Rudy Giuliani, in discussing the case of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, made the following statement, “I find it very disappointing,” he told [Chuck] Todd,  “that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. … I would like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this.” In case one is wondering what is the basis of his fallacious analogy, Giuliani made it clear that he is wrestling with some deeper pathologies when he admonished his African American interlocutor, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, “The white police… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-30

The recent killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, casts more light on many of the issues relevant in the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I mention this because those who argue that if African American males just act normal and mind our business these sort of killings would not happen. In this regard, my post on Ferguson, a few days ago, generated an informative and balanced discussion. Something was missed by all of the commentators at that time. Namely, virtually every victim of the police shootings I mentioned was acting normal at the time of his slaying. Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-27

Let us give thanks for blessings we behold, Blessings transcending wealth –silver and gold. Let us remember those who’ve lost their way, Let us remember solemnly to pray. And as we fall down humbly on our knees, Let us give thanks for hearts that aren’t diseased. For thankfulness is a sign of hearts’ health, And graciousness the source of all true wealth. So thank our Lord for food, for drink, for bed, For peace of mind and clarity of head. So thank our Lord for blessing us to pray, And work… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-26

Ferguson: While Race Still Matters By Imam Zaid Shakir Note: This essay was first posted in the immediate aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown, a decision I totally expected, I am reposting it with the addition of a paragraph mentioning the police slaying of two Ohio youths, both African Americans, who have been fatally shot by police since Brown’s killing in Ferguson. At the end of the day, until we see all humans as truly equal, gross disparities in law… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-22

The LMA Sydney Muslim Conference 2014 attracted around 900 delegates from around Australia and overseas, and addressed various themes and issues with one of America’s most influential Scholars, Imam Zaid Shakir, By Gina Rushton, Sydney AU, November 17, 2014 ONE of America’s leading Muslim scholars has condemned Islamic State and told a conference in Sydney that people of his faith had to be “messengers of peace”. Imam Zaid Shakir — the co-founder of Berkeley’s Zaytuna College — last night gave the keynote speech at the Sydney Muslim Conference in the city’s west and slammed the actions of… Read More


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