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    Posted: 08 October 2009 at 1:19am

One of the leading Muslim scholars in the US today, Imam Zaid Shakir teaches Islam at the Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California, with Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hansen:

http://zaytuna.org/

This is a recent interview with him where he talks about his experience as a Muslim for more than 30 years now:

After obtaining his BA in International Relations and his MA in Political Science, he traveled to Cairo, Egypt to study Arabic.

Upon returning to the United States, Imam Zaid served as imam of Masjid al-Islam in New Haven Connecticut from 1988 to 1994.

He then traveled to Syria and Morocco to further pursue studies in Arabic as well as in Islamic law, Quranic studies, and spirituality.

After graduating from Syria's prestigious Abu Noor University, he returned to Connecticut in 2001 and eventually moved to Hayward, California in 2003 to serve as a resident scholar and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. ......

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This is his web site:

http://www.zaidshakir.com/

Imam Zaid Discusses the Virtue of Fasting During Shawwal

05 October 2009

Imam Zaid mentions several of the benefits of fasting during the Month of Shawwal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26o24UXGcY0

 

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Tranquility From Allah

By Imam Zaid on 24 January 2009
 
In these days, when there is so much to unsettle the soul and create disharmony in the spirit, we pray that the recitation of and reflection on these verses can be a source of healing and comfort.

(It is He Who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that they may add faith to their faith; for unto God belong the forces of the heavens and the earth; and God is Omniscient, Wise.) (48:4)

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MashaAllah a very inspiring person....May Allah swt preserve him and reward him...aameen
 
great website and thoughts...I really like his twitter messages...
 
Jazakh Allah Khair for posting brother Tarek...
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Imam Zaid is an excellent American scholar, and with 32 years of learning and teching Islam, he is one of the few Muslim scholars in the West who have a deep comprehensive understanding of Islam

Good Character Part Two: Etiquette, Shyness, Modesty, and Freedom

By Imam Zaid on 25 July 2009

A.1. Etiquette/Courtesy (Adab) Adab involves good comportment, whether one is standing or sitting; maintaining good character, and manifesting praiseworthy traits. Its essence involves knowing all the things to be avoided in order not to commit errors in dealing with self and others.

A.2. Bashfulness or Modesty or Shame (Haya’) Haya’ is a constrained feeling caused by the fear of something that would impugn one’s character, or leaving that thing fearing that involvement with it would lead to one’s condemnation.

A.3. Humility (Tawadu’) Tawadu’ involves one’s consciously declining to assume a station desired by those seeking to exalt one.

A.4. Freedom (Hurriyya) Hurriyya is to cut off one’s deepest sentiments from being obsessed with anything in the creation in order to be preoccupied with the One (God) who owns all of creation.

 
A.5. Sayings of the Scholars: Freedom (Hurriyya)

“Verily, you will not arrive at pure freedom as long as you see any trace of your servitude to God emanating from yourself.”
Junayd

“Whosoever desires to taste the flavor of real freedom and to relax from the burden of devotional acts, let him purify the depth of his heart so that it is a space shared by only him and God.”
Bishr al-Hafi

“When the worshipper has internalized all of the stations of servitude he will be free from the fatigue involved in worship. He will then diligently undertake devotions with no second thoughts or burden.”
Al-Husayn bin Mansur

“The children of the world are served by handmaidens and servants. The children of the Hereafter are served by the liberated and the righteous.”
Yahya bin Mu’adh

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Getting Right with Allah

A sample from a class given by Imam Zaid at The Zaytuna Institute on understanding the deeper meanings of Islam and geeting it right beyond the superficial symbols of piety

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Living The Qur'an

In this part of his talk, Imam Zaid talks about The Qur'an and answers

What does the message of The Qur'an mean?

And what should it mean to us?

And how should it impact our lives?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy4tmcrlnl4&feature=related

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Love for Humanity

A talk by Imam Zaid at a conference in 2005 on a Muslim's love for humanity

"You cannot live Islam without loving humanity"
 

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Understanding How a Believer Yields Good Fruits At All Time

A talk by Imam Zaid on the fruits of serving humanity, sincere and deep faith and our worship of Allah

As Muslims we should be helping people, serving them, feeding and assisting those in need, bringing peace and stability in the land
 

(Part 1, 10 minutes, audio)

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Curing Extremism

A talk on countering extremism by Sheikh Zaid Shakir, Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad & Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

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Imam Zaid's Journey to Islam

In this interview with Islam Channel in the UK, Imam Zaid Shakir describes his journey to Islam

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The Virtues of Hajj

In this talk, Imam Zaid begins a discussion on the virtues of Hajj, which is starting now, as some pilgrims have started their trip to Makkah, and the most important day of Hajj will be in the last week of November

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Spirituality and Rehabilitation
 
Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the unique physical, intellectual and spiritual qualities of the human being and the steps to overcome transgressions, in order to cultivate divine excellence.
 
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Following a School of Thought in Fiqh (Jurisprudence)

Should a Muslim follow one of the 4 schools of thought in Fiqh?

Imam Zaid answers this question and deals with other related matters in this talk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxVjEYxAumc&feature=related

(Part 1/7: 9 minutes, audio)



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