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Imam Zaid Shakir on The Futility of The "Haram Police"

When Imam Zaid Shakir first became Muslim, he was a massive jazz fan. It was all he listened to. “No one ever told me music was haram,” he says. “No one threatened to lynch me or burn me in a pile of melting LPs.” So how did he give it all up? Find out in […]

"Sunni and Shia Hatred: A Disease We Must Fight"

Sunni and Shia Hatred with Imam Zaid Shakir This SeekersHub Study Circle will give you a deeper understanding of the centrality of love and mercy within Islam. Loneliness and isolation, Imam Zaid Shakir argues, have no place in an ummah of compassion and mercy. He also addresses Sunni-Shia aggression and hatred, which he describes as […]

Blessed Is The Wealth That’s Given, and That Which Remains – Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir gives a beautiful, brief explanation of zakah in this video. It’s a topic many of us hope to know well but you haven’t heard it until you’ve heard it from Imam Zaid! May Allah bless our teachers and the National Zakat Foundation in the United Kingdom, ameen.  

Why Halloween Should Be Off The Cards – Imam Zaid Shakir

When Imam Zaid Shakir wrote a Facebook Post on why Halloween practices and customs should be avoided by Muslim families, he caused quite a stir. In response, he wrote this lengthier explanation that is truly worth reading: My recent post on Halloween has created quite a stir. That being the case, I would like to […]

Imam Zaid Shakir on the Passing of “a Devout, Pious Man, True to God, Devoted to Family”

“We belong to Allah, and unto Him we will all return…” Death has an uncanny way of rearranging our priorities. Before an early morning text message yesterday from a dear friend, like many Muslims here in the United States, I was preoccupied with an easily recognizable laundry list of concerns. I could list among them […]

ISIS, Sex Slaves and Islam – reflections from Imam Zaid Shakir

As-Salaamu Alaikum, Today’s New York Times’ (NYT) article highlighting ISIS’ sexual enslavement of Yazidi women has cast a critical light on the issue of slavery and Islam. The ensuing implications should concern all Muslims. This is so owing to the fact that ISIS presents its practices as normative Islam and accuses the masses of Muslims […]

On the Passing of Shaykh Dr. Wahba al-Zuhayli

A tribute to Shaykh Dr. Wahba al-Zuhayli (above) from Imam Zaid Shakir During my time in Damascus, I lived in many different neighborhoods: Zahira Qadima, Mukhayyam Yarmuk, Saha Shahbandar, Muhajireen, Suq al-Jumu’ah and Khurshid. Like a desert nomad in search of greener pastures, I was ever in search of a cheaper rent. My year in […]

“The World Has Lost A Giant” – Imam Zaid Shakir on the passing of Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi

The Muslim world has lost one of its giants with the passing of Shaykh Shukri Al-Luhafi. Despite his stature, it is unlikely that anyone reading these words who is not from Syria has ever heard of Shaykh Shukri. Before I arrived in Syria, in 1994, to begin my studies there, I too did not know […]

Service – A powerful khutbah from Imam Zaid Shakir

Service, with Imam Zaid Shakir In this khutbah (Friday sermon) about service (khidmah), Imam Zaid Shakir advises is to ask ourselves what we can do for the state of Islam. Imam Zaid Shakir, a gifted scholar, author and lecturer, is fast becoming one of the most influential voices for Islam in the West, as well […]

Imam Zaid Shakir in conversation – Zaytuna and More.

“We now have a platform (Zaytuna) to bring our values into the mainstream…” Diffused Congruence speak to Imam Zaid Shakir on “a founding member of Zaytuna College… on the school’s history and its mission. Then he shares the amazing story of his own journey to Islam, in the process helping to add yet more layers to the ongoing tapestry […]