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I saw him speaking yesterday at a Mihraab conference. MaashaaAllaah.
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Originally posted by Aviatrix

I saw him speaking yesterday at a Mihraab conference. MaashaaAllaah.
 
Masha Allah....must have been a great experience Sister Amy...
 
The humility and wisdom in his words along with his sense of humour revives the heart Masha Allah ...May Allah preserve him Aameen
 

The Foundation of Spiritual States

By Imam Zaid Shakir

You should know, may God have mercy on you, that truthfulness and sincerity are the foundations of every spiritual state. Patience, contentment, true asceticism, pleasure, and intimacy are branches of truthfulness. While sincerity branches out into certitude, fear, love, majesty, shyness, and magnifying [God]. Each believer has a place in one of these stations, which he passes, and which then is the state he is known by.

Hence, it is said of him, fearful, yet he has hope; or hopeful, but he has fear; patient, but he has satisfaction; loving, but he has shyness. The strength or weakness of every state is proportionate to the faith and spiritual maturity of the servant.

    The foundation of each of these states has three signs by which it is known. Truthfulness is in three things, which are not complete without it: Truthfulness of the heart in faith that is actualized; truthfulness of intention in religious actions; and truthfulness of expression in speech.

    Patience is in three things, which are not complete without it: Patience in avoiding those things God has forbidden; patience in [dealing with the difficulty involved in] following the command of God; and patience at the time of a calamity, while anticipating God’s grace.
 
 Contentment is in three things, which are not complete without it: [Being content with] little materially even though material means are available; with poverty when possessing nothing and the prospects of future abundance are lacking; and with the tranquility found in the worship of God, be He mighty and majestic, despite being steeped in poverty.

Contentment has a beginning and an end. Its beginning lies in abandoning excess despite the existence of abundance. Its end is the existence of spiritual wealth despite material poverty and lack of worldly means. From this point of departure, one of the sages mentioned that contentment is a higher station than satisfaction. What he meant is complete contentment, because the state of one who is satisfied does not change according to his being denied or given. One who is content is enriched with his Lord. He does not seek any increase along with Him to assuage the desire of his soul—unless that increase is a gift from God to him.

Abstinence is in three things, the ascetic is not called abstinent without them: Ridding himself of worldly possessions; passing up enjoyment of some lawful things; and being carefree because of the large amounts of time [devoted to God]. A man is a true ascetic if he is characterized by three other things: He protects his soul when tempted by his desires; he flees from opportunities to enrich himself materially; he only meets his needs with what he knows to be lawful.


A passage from Imam al-Muhasibi’s, Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance, p. 218-219, translated by Imam Zaid Available at:
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From Hiroshima to London: Political Violence & Our Collective Future
 
 
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The Decisions We Make
 
A talk by Imam Zaid Shakir on the decisions we make in life, including the decision of becoming a Muslim
 
 
(Audio - 48 minutes)
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The Weightiness of The Trust
 
An introduction to the importance of the idea of delivering the trusts to their rightful possessors.May Allah swt forgive us our mistakes and help us in overcoming our shortcomings Aameen
 
 
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Basis of Leadership and our Individual Responsibilities

Part of a talk by Sheikh Zaid Shakir on leadership and responsibility with reflection on our conditions today

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4937216651483011173&hl=en&emb=1#docid=-4520982896673354332

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Love For Your Brother
 
Anas relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
 
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]
 
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Imam Zaid Shakir's Talk at the 2009 ISNA Convention

Part of a talk by Imam Zaid Shakir at last year's Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention

The main theme of the conference was (Life & Liberty: The Pursuit of Happiness)

http://www.youtube.com/isnavideos#p/u/35/IL4hRhZ7cTo

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Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance

The translation, notes, and commentary of Imam al-Harith al-Muhasibis Risala al-Mustarshidin (Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance) by Zaid Shakir is intended to serve as a layman's guide to Islamic spirituality.

Al - Muhasibi presents most of the major ideas that would both serve as the basis for a full program of spiritual development and comprise an insightful overview of a system of Islamic moral psychology.

He examines in great depth and penetrating insight the psychological motivations and justifications for moral thought and action and correspondingly the associated bases of immorality. In so doing, he has provided a road map that any person can follow to overcome the guiles of his fundamental enemies: the world, the ego, the whims of the soul, and Satan

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Understanding How a Believer Yields Good Fruits at all Times

A talk by Imam Zaid Shakir about achieving good character and behaviour in order to be a good believer.

The purpose of Muslims in life are:

1- To worship Allah (swt)

2- To serve humanity

3- To work for the salvation of our souls


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From Original Sin to Color of Skin:
Gender, Class and Racial Equality in Islam

Imam Zaid Shakir gave this talk at Western Michigan University on November 20th, 2009


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Imam Zaid Shakir & Imam Suhaib Webb: The Fast of Ramadan and the Furious Shaitan
 
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Part 2
 
 
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Part 3
 
 
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Ramadan Message from Imam Zaid Shakir

A brief message from Imam Zaid at the start of the month of Ramadan, thanking Allah for the opening of the Zaytuna College

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"True Religion Celebrates Diversity", Sermon by Imam Zaid Shakir, Eid Al-Fitr September 2010

On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Imam Zaid Shakir delivers a sermon on the theme of unity in diversity

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