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Zaid Shakir

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Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, Board of Trustees, and Faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA.He was born in Berkeley, California and accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA summa cum laude in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. In 1983, he co-founded Masjid Al-Huda in New Brunswick, N.J. and was the Imam for 4 years.After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, in 1988 he settled in New Haven, Connecticut and continued his community activism, co-founding Masjid Al-Islam, the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative, and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. As Imam of Masjid Al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort, and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. He served as an interfaith council Chaplain at Yale University and developed the Chaplaincy Sensitivity Training for physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital. He then left for Syria to pursue his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences.For seven years in Syria, and briefly in Morocco, he immersed himself in an intense study of Arabic, Islamic law, Quranic studies, and spirituality with some of the top Muslim scholars of our age. In 2001, Imam Zaid was the first American to graduate with a BA in Islamic Sciences from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University.Imam Zaid is a co-founder and chairman of United For Change since 2009. This effort through modern discourse, is to create awareness of the broadest and most consuming topics within the Muslim community. The aim is to leverage the diversity through cooperation and goodwill and address the obstacles that have proven to be divisive.In 2007, he co-founded the Lighthouse mosque in Oakland, CA. As a gifted author and lecturer, Imam Zaid has also authored numerous articles, and translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts. Imam Zaid currently resides in Northern California with his family.

Latest Episodes

Ramadan Q&A

An informative and uplifting, Ramadan-specific, question and answer session with Imam Zaid Shakir.

36 MIN3 w ago
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Ramadan Q&A

How to Pay Zakat

Original Audio Episode Link - Zaid Shakir – How to Pay Zakat

39 MIN3 w ago
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How to Pay Zakat

Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 2

Q and A: Part -2 Imam Zaid Shakir informs Muslim students from across the Northeast what it truly means and takes to have a leadership or activism animated by sincere faith - in contrast to enterprises driven by ego or other aims.

56 MIN3 w ago
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Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 2

Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 1

Imam Zaid Shakir informs Muslim students from across the Northeast what it truly means and takes to have a leadership or activism animated by sincere faith - in contrast to enterprises driven by ego or other aims.

53 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 1

Allah is Greater Than Our Problems

Imam Zaid Shakir speaks about how Prophet Abraham (upon him be peace) was an embodiment of leadership, obedience, and thankful for the blessings bestowed by Allah despite the trials and triumphs endured. To be a leader seek strength and guidance by relying on Allah, during these days and times of social confusion.

45 MIN3 w ago
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Allah is Greater Than Our Problems

Avoid The Doubtful Matters

Imam Zaid Shakir discusses in detail how to cultivate reverence and respect to implement the orders and commandments set by Allah and avoiding those things prohibited.

33 MIN3 w ago
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Avoid The Doubtful Matters

Try to Be Merciful

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies how to make an accurate assessment of what constitutes oppression, the consideration of justice, and not to separate the standards established by the divine law.

27 MIN3 w ago
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Try to Be Merciful

Rising in Revival, Setting in Submission

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies what it means to strive for communal empowerment and how Muslims can recommit to this lifelong journey starting from embracing our strangeness and ending at submission.

24 MIN3 w ago
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Rising in Revival, Setting in Submission

Allah is The Light of The Heavens and Earth

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies that Allah is described as light of the heavens and earth: unique in powers, wisdom, knowledge and brings forth the creation from darkness into light. The purpose for the believer is to protect faith and resist the evil maladies that lead to disbelief.

31 MIN3 w ago
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Allah is The Light of The Heavens and Earth

Reviving the Sunnah of Compassion

Imam Zaid Shakir speaks about the prophetic tradition of compassion in our everyday life.

36 MIN3 w ago
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Reviving the Sunnah of Compassion

Latest Episodes

Ramadan Q&A

An informative and uplifting, Ramadan-specific, question and answer session with Imam Zaid Shakir.

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ramadan Q&A

How to Pay Zakat

Original Audio Episode Link - Zaid Shakir – How to Pay Zakat

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
How to Pay Zakat

Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 2

Q and A: Part -2 Imam Zaid Shakir informs Muslim students from across the Northeast what it truly means and takes to have a leadership or activism animated by sincere faith - in contrast to enterprises driven by ego or other aims.

56 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 2

Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 1

Imam Zaid Shakir informs Muslim students from across the Northeast what it truly means and takes to have a leadership or activism animated by sincere faith - in contrast to enterprises driven by ego or other aims.

53 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Joining The Heart and Limb - Inspiring Leadership Through Faith - Part 1

Allah is Greater Than Our Problems

Imam Zaid Shakir speaks about how Prophet Abraham (upon him be peace) was an embodiment of leadership, obedience, and thankful for the blessings bestowed by Allah despite the trials and triumphs endured. To be a leader seek strength and guidance by relying on Allah, during these days and times of social confusion.

45 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Allah is Greater Than Our Problems

Avoid The Doubtful Matters

Imam Zaid Shakir discusses in detail how to cultivate reverence and respect to implement the orders and commandments set by Allah and avoiding those things prohibited.

33 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Avoid The Doubtful Matters

Try to Be Merciful

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies how to make an accurate assessment of what constitutes oppression, the consideration of justice, and not to separate the standards established by the divine law.

27 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Try to Be Merciful

Rising in Revival, Setting in Submission

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies what it means to strive for communal empowerment and how Muslims can recommit to this lifelong journey starting from embracing our strangeness and ending at submission.

24 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Rising in Revival, Setting in Submission

Allah is The Light of The Heavens and Earth

Imam Zaid Shakir clarifies that Allah is described as light of the heavens and earth: unique in powers, wisdom, knowledge and brings forth the creation from darkness into light. The purpose for the believer is to protect faith and resist the evil maladies that lead to disbelief.

31 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Allah is The Light of The Heavens and Earth

Reviving the Sunnah of Compassion

Imam Zaid Shakir speaks about the prophetic tradition of compassion in our everyday life.

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Reviving the Sunnah of Compassion
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