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Why do so many US prison inmates convert to Islam?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Al Jazeera, The Stream April 16, 2019 “The Honest Struggle” tells the story of an ex-offender’s mission to help Muslim converts as they leave jail. Documentary Justin Mashouf @Mashouf Director/producer, Honest Struggle: From gang-life to God honeststruggle.co On this episode of The… Read More

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Muslims Raise Over $100,000 In Bail Funds To Free Detained Migrant Parents

by Imam Zaid Shakir

By Carol Kuruvilla on 08/16/2019. The “Muslims for Migrants” campaign has already secured the release of six detained parents. American Muslims have raised over $100,000 this month to help migrant parents detained by the U.S. government post bail and reunite with their kids. The “Muslims for… Read More

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Mass Shootings in America: All of the Above

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who have perished in the latest instances of mass slaughter in our public square, this time in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We further pray that all of those wounded recover from their injuries. This violence, which can increasingly… Read More

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Muslims for Migrants | A Joint Letter By Imam Zaid Shakir & Imam Omar Suleiman

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Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said, “He who gives respite to someone who is in straitened circumstances, or grants him remission, Allah will shelter him in the shade of His Throne, on the Day of… Read More

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25 Influential Muslims

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By Daniel Burke and Madeleine Stix, CNN, May 4, 2018 We asked American Muslims to name the most influential people in their fields. Here’s what they said Who speaks for American Muslims? The short answer is, no one. No individual or group can claim to speak… Read More

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Stephon Clark’s Memorial and Funeral

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By Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez, Tony Bizjak And Benjy Egel March 29, 2018 10:42 AM Updated March 29, 2018 05:33 PM Stephon Clark was buried Thursday following a funeral service bristling with politics and raw emotion for the 22-year-old Sacramento man whose shooting death by police 11 days… Read More

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The Greatest, At Rest

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Greatest, At Rest By Tom Junod One year ago, a chosen few brought Muhammad Ali home for the last time. This is the story of how they carried out their sacred calling. The sound Muhammad Ali hears as he dies is the sound that babies hear right… Read More

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From 9066 to 9/11

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I was blessed last night to speak at an event commemorating Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of well over 100,000 Japanese Americans. The event was organized by the Asian Law Caucus and emphasized how important it is for vulnerable communities to work together.… Read More

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Sharia Is Nothing to Fear

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Arsalan Iftikhar @TheMuslimGuy July 16, 2016 Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms. Despite what Newt Gingrich and extremists alike tell you “Western civilization is in a war,” former… Read More

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Thousands Gather at Navy Pier Eid Expo to Promote Islam, Peace

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By Grace Wong - Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune July 7, 2016 Bright colors and breezy fabrics of traditional tunics and trousers floated across the sidewalks of Navy Pier, which housed the first Eid Expo, bringing together diverse denominations and ethnicities Wednesday. The two-day event celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a holiday… Read More

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Religious Advisor of Ali Family Imam Zaid Shakir Talks About Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

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Interview with Imam Zaid Shakir on the passing of Muhammad Ali For complete TRT World interview go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoBXTuRYrq8 Read More

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Faith Leaders Provide Context to Black Lives Matter

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Amanda Beam, Contributing Writer, May 21, 2016 Responses to terms can be telling. Just a mention of the Black Lives Matter movement can elicit some of the most visceral reactions from people of all races. No matter how little they know the history or purpose of the activist effort, certain… Read More

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Covenant of Compassion

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Published by Imam Zaid Shakir The following students, representing Zaytuna College, The Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley, came together to sign and Covenant of Compassion, drafted by our student, Yusuf Seyal. Here is the text of the Covenant: “Today, the third of March, two-thousand and sixteen,… Read More

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Thousands of Muslims gather in Toronto this weekend for Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference

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Why Muslims are raising money for black churches destroyed by fire

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“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

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For young Muslims, the struggle to belong is ‘emotionally draining’

by Imam Zaid Shakir

“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: Read More