Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-02-09

“Good and evil are not equal. Respond [to evil] with what is best, [good]. You will unexpectedly see one between whom you and he there is enmity become as it were an intimate friend.” Qur’an 41:34 Recently, a young man, who did not identify himself, approached me and mournfully informed me that he used to be a Muslim. He had been attracted to Islam by its message of brotherhood, human concern, social justice, spiritual refinement and its ability to coexist with other faiths throughout its long history. Then, shortly after taking his Shahadah (Declaration of Faith), he was approached by… Read More


Morning Light

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-28

Morning light As the birds take flight. Oakland Marina; Enter the arena, To fight for the right Of every man, woman And child To be able to smile As the retreating night Is overwhelmed… By the morning light.   Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-25

The deepening scandal and crisis in Flint, Michigan, over the contaminated water forced upon the residents of that city provides an insight into where the entire country is headed. The destruction of Flint, epitomized by th water crisis, is a direct result of what happens when democratic processes are circumvented and a city is run like a business. The state appointed city manager, Darnell Early, a non-elected official, was brought in to run Flint like a business. Changing the city’s water source to the polluted and contaminated Flint River was done for one of two reasons, both of which… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-05

Many Muslims are obsessed with the end time Hadiths and prophecies. Many feel that the end is near, some groups and or Shuyukh actively recruit followers based on the certainly that we are living at the very end of history and Doomsday is well nigh upon us. That being the case, many Muslims seek to know the signs of the end and the sound Hadiths we can point to in this regard. Dear believers, practically, we only need to know three Hadiths concerning the end of time. I will mention them here along with a brief explanation of their significance.… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-24

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-17

“Muslim organizations have joined together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire since the nine murders in Charleston, S.C. last month. The campaign coincides with Ramadan, a time of greater charity in the Muslim faith. “ To read more: Click here Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-17

“They come to him — students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears — with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second glances and the threat of confrontations on the street?” To read full version: Click here Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-13

Yesterday, Sunday, December 13, 2015, Basim Callens, one of the young brothers from my New Haven, Connecticut, “Jamaat” was murdered in Atlanta, Georgia during a carjacking. This brother was one of the kindest, most pleasant, mannerable young men you could ever meet. His death comes as a shock to us all. His mother, Sister Aisha, was so shaken by his untimely and tragic demise that she broke down and is currently hospitalized. Please pray for her and all mothers who have seen their children consumed by the epidemic of gun violence that has besieged our sick nation. Our condolences go… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-11

I wrote this essay almost five months ago, but did not post it until now because every time I was ready to post it I would encounter a virulent “Salafi” attack on a colleague or myself that would lead me to believe that posting this essay would be to ignore the narrow-minded bigotry behind those attacks. More recently, however, I reflected on the many Salafi friends and associates I have and the amazing work they are doing to serve Islam. Far from being narrow-minded, bigoted hotheads, they are honorable, fair-minded, balanced men and women whose love for Allah, the Messenger… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-10

Dry Your Eyes My Sister… Do not be torn asunder by the gazes From eyes of hatred oh so venomous; The prejudicial words befitting racists, “Your people, your religion, we can’t trust.” The words like acid rain fall from the sky, “Go back from whence you came leave us alone!” Tearful, but undaunted comes her reply, “How can I leave the only home I’ve known?” So dry your eyes my sister and move on… Enjoy all of the trappings of your home. Yes, dry your eyes my sister and move on…… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-08

The seeming tsunami of negativity unleashed by the dastardly actions of terrorists, some claiming to act in the name of Islam, and the nefarious reactions of an assortment of bigots, racists and opportunistic politicians, have combined to create an environment that has demoralized many Muslims, terrified others, and left many confused and desperately searching for direction. This state has increased exponentially in the aftermath of the shootings in San Bernadino, California. In light of this situation, we need to step back and remind ourselves of some fundamental Qur’anic teachings. First of all, we are told that this world is the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-06

The day before the shootings in San Bernadino, California, a friend of mine, who is a distinguished journalist, sent the following note to me from Belgium: “Salaams, I have been in Belgium for a few days now. The Muslim community here is in serious trouble and they know it. You could feel the weight of their helplessness from the look in their eyes. It is either pain, sorrow or frustration… or all. Really sad. Western Europe is about to close its doors on Muslims. Here, sole politicians are talking about sending the army into Molenbeek and searching every home.… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-11-16

One of the gravest consequences of the recent wave of terrorist atrocities attributed to the so-called Islamic State – the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai, the bombing of a marketplace in Beirut, and now the shootings and bombings that have ripped through Paris – is that it empowers those who argue that these actions are sanctioned by Islam. Inevitably there will be those who claim that these atrocities are the direct result of Islamic teachings. I devote this essay to refuting such claims. There are those who will question this choice. They may ask,… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-11-13

Refuting the Idea That A Muslim (Amin al-Husayni) Prompted the Holocaust Note: This is an excerpt from a longer article I wrote refuting the idea that “Muslims are the new Fascists” and that the prompting of a pro-Nazi Muslim, Amin al-Husayni, led to the Holocaust. This allegation was recently advanced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who subsequently admitted the false nature of his claim in the face of scathing international condemnation. The shameless allegation that Islam is the new fascism would be bad enough were it presented in isolation. However, it is coupled with allegations that Muslims supported Hitler… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-11-12

I passed a begging veteran today. Sitting on a bench. No homeless stench. He held an empty cup in his hand. It pleaded for money to help the man. He sat forlorn in military dress. His face portrayed a life of stress. Had he murdered the innocent? Had he committed no crime? His cup cried out. Brother! Can you spare a dime? Read More


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