Israel is Not Like “Them” – Imam Zaid Shakir – New Islamic Directions

Article originally posted here. Reposted, with thanks. “And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors,” he continued. “They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison.” Binyamin Netanyahu Reacting to the arrest of the […]

Apologetics Versus Apologizing – Imam Zaid Shakir

Original note from Imam Zaid Shakirs’ facebook page. As-Salaam Alaikum, Many Muslims confuse apologetics with apologizing. Apologizing for a wrong has a great place in Islam, as is the case with all viable religions or systems of morality. It is part of the process of redressing a wrong one has done to another. Apologizing can […]

Understanding Marriage – A conversation with Imam Zaid Shakir by Fahad Faruqui

Editor’s Note: Fahad Faruqui had an in depth discussion with a leading American-Muslim scholar Imam Zaid Shakir, a senior faculty member of Zaytuna College, about marriage, polygamy, temporary marriages and divorce, in attempt to tease out the true spirit of love, romance and marriage in Islam. Some Muslim men and women spend several years in […]

Mandela: A Lesson in Patience – Imam Zaid Shakir

Original video link here. In this Friday sermon delivered at the Muslim Community Center of East Bay (MCC), Imam Zaid Shakir talks about Nelson Mandela a day after he passed away and how he patiently persevered through the many trials and tribulations he faced in his life. “Life presents us many challenges and unexpected surprises. […]

The Rights of the Companions and the Family of The Prophet – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Link to Video here: The Rights of the Sahaba and Ahlul Bayt – Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah outlines for us the importance of loving the Sahabah and the family of the Prophet ﷺ‎ The Prophet ﷺ‎ loved all of his companions and taught all of his companions, he developed them to perfection, and told […]

Imam Zaid Shakir – Description of the God Conscious from Nahj al-Balagha

It is related that a devout worshipper by the name of Human came to Imam ‘Ali, may God ennoble his countenance, and asked him to describe the God conscious people so vividly that he could almost see them. Imam ‘Ali responded: “Their speech is truthful; their clothing is moderate; and they walk with utmost humility. […]

Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue – Imam Zaid Shakir

Article reposted, with thanks to NID and Imam Zaid Shakir Note: The following characteristic is especially relevant in Ramadan, as one of the objectives of the fast is to control the tongue. Ibrahim al-Nakha’i, on of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on them both, mentioned: “The people ruined before you were […]

Passing The Baton (The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X) – Ta’leef Collective

Passing The Baton (The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X) from Ta’leef Collective on Vimeo. Malcolm and Building Institutions “The most important lesson to take from Malcolm, I believe, is the imperative of creating institutions. Malcolm understood instinctively and from his experience that ideas and charismatic people are not enough. That they have to be […]