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Review: The Monk of Mokha

By: Imam Zaid Shakir Source: New Islamic Directions “The Monk of Mokha”, Dave Eggers chronicle of the revival of Yemeni coffee through the efforts of an unlikely young man, could well have been entitled, “The Mad Adventures of Mokhtar Alkhanshali.” If fiction is art and nonfiction life, this book would definitely qualify as life imitating art. The unlikely evasion of certain death, the meeting of impossible deadlines, the left turns when a right would have led to disaster, the literal rise from the outhouse to the penthouse; all of this and more could not have been conjured up by the bestselling minds inhabiting the world of fiction. Eggers book, however, is far more than a fast-paced...

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Hard Questions: Integrity and Deen in 2018

By: Imam Zaid Shakir Source: New Islamic Directions As we North American Muslims enter a new year it might be beneficial for us to ask ourselves some serious questions. A bit of soul searching has never harmed anyone. The type of questions I have in mind involve a set of challenges to some of the prevailing trends which currently occupy our minds and in many ways imprison our hearts. They are not meant to be offensive or hurtful, rather to stimulate a little reflection. First of all, what does it say about our religion if for over 1400 years Muslims did not have clarity on a series of fundamental issues which are totally disconnected from the rapidly evolving technology that defines our...

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Is Zakat best given home or abroad?

Source: YouTube Imam Zaid Shakir gives a wonderful explanation of where is best to give Zakat – whether locally or abroad. He first explains the basic assumption in the Sharia and then goes into exceptions and special circumstances.

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