Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-05-03

When we talk about Islamic education and our children, the discussion usually revolves around strictly academic issues related to technical aspects of curriculum development, testing standards and methodologies, balancing between secular and religious education, and similar concerns. Sometimes we miss the greater objective of an Islamic education. That objective, in terms of what is necessary for the immediate success of our children in this world, and their ultimate success in the next, is nurturing balanced, wholesome, honest human beings who live lives based on principle and who exemplify good character in their dealings with other people.  The basis for… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-04-09

This poem is based on Bob Dylan’s song, “Only a Pawn in Their Game.” Bullets from the back of a bush a dune or a mount Shells too numerous to count The hatred he cannot surmount And the religion he flaunts So blindly he aims No crime brings him shame Emotion has stolen his brain But he can’t be blamed He’s only a pawn in their game. An Arab of Asian Jihadi recruiter Admires his skill with a computer He’s searching for justice to uproot her Or rape her… Read More


Vacuous

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-22

As empty as the words of murderers masking gangster-like executions behind justifications ripped like raw flesh from the bones of the Holy Book. As empty as the words of a professional liar, as he glibly dismisses the political aspirations of a people rendered invisible behind the ghetto walls of their manufactured despair. As empty as the arguments positing Shiites and Sunnis have always been at each others’ throat, so who needs to consider invasions and occupations, imperial strategy or energy politics when debating their self-destructive barbarism. As empty as the hearts of the gangsters and banksters and… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-20

Mommy’s Not Coming Home She merely step off the ill-fated bus, Her killer, In God, he did not trust, So ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust, Mommy’s not coming home. Baba went to the mosque to pray, Not realizing he’d never see another day, A suicide murderer blew him away, What else is there left to say? Baba’s not coming home. The girl lied down on her little bed, While visions of sugar plums danced in her head, Mama was deliberate in every word she read, Baba quietly nodded his head…… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-17

“Muslim college received formal academic accreditation this past weekend, making it the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the United States”. By Jack Jenkins, March 10, 2015 On Sunday, Zaytuna College, a liberal-arts school based in Berkeley, California, announced that it was formally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six official academic bodies responsible for the authorizing public and private colleges and universities in the United States. “Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education,” Hamza Yusuf, president of the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-15

We’re very excited to be joined by renowned scholar Imam Zaid Shakir for this month’s episode. By Zaki Hasan and Parvez Ahmed, Oakland, CA. March 15, 2015 As a founding member of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Islamic college in the United States, Imam Zaid discuss the school’s history and its mission, and then shares the amazing story of his own journey to Islam, in the process helping to add yet more layers to the ongoing tapestry of the American Muslim experience that we’ve been weaving together ever since our very first show. It’s a fascinating conversation with one of… Read More


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


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