Where I'm Coming From

Where I m Coming From The past year has been a trying one for Muslims in the United States The steady drone of anti Islamic sentiment growing since the tragic events of September was catalyzed by a series of unf

  • Title: Where I'm Coming From
  • Author: Zaid Shakir
  • ISBN: 9780979228186
  • Page: 334
  • Format: None
  • The past year has been a trying one for Muslims in the United States The steady drone of anti Islamic sentiment, growing since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, was catalyzed by a series of unfortunate incidents We could mention among them the Fort Hood shootings, the failed attempt to detonate a bomb aboard an American bound aircraft over Detroit, Michigan, the fThe past year has been a trying one for Muslims in the United States The steady drone of anti Islamic sentiment, growing since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, was catalyzed by a series of unfortunate incidents We could mention among them the Fort Hood shootings, the failed attempt to detonate a bomb aboard an American bound aircraft over Detroit, Michigan, the failed bomb attempt at Times Square in New York, the manufactured controversy surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque and the Qur an burning event organized by a nondescript Florida pastor Collectively, these and other events helped to amplify the voices of anti Islamic bigots to a sometimes frightening pitch Imam Zaid Shakir has written essays in response to many of the issues referred to above This is a printed collection of some of those writings This slender volume might prove beneficial to readers who are looking for insight into the ideas and personalities shaping the news, especially those readers who are not exposed to an Islamic perspective on the events of the day.

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  • Zaid Shakir

    Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith based work.Born in Berkeley, California, he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University While at Rutgers, he led a successful campaign for disinvestment from South Africa, and co founded a local Islamic center, Masjid al Huda.After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, 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 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, he graduated from Syria s prestigious Abu Noor University and returned to Connecticut, serving again as the Imam of Masjid al Islam, and writing and speaking frequently on a host of issues That same year, his translation from Arabic into English of The Heirs of the Prophets was published by Starlatch Press.In 2003, he moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar in residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute, where he now teaches courses on Arabic, Islamic law, history, and Islamic spirituality In 2005, Zaytuna Institute published Scattered Pictures, an anthology of diverse essays penned by Zaid Shakir.He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non Muslims alike.

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