Imam Zaid Shakir'
Imam Zaid Shakir' (Arabic: ' ززززززز, i h i ) is an African-American Muslim speaker and
intellectual in the United States. In 2003, he moved to Hayward, California with his family to serve as a
scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute where he now teaches regular courses on Arabic,
Islamic Law, History, and Islamic Spirituality.
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,
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
He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events n h s eme ge s one of the n tion’s top
Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
 See also
List of Islamic scholars
 External links
Imam Zaid Shakir's website
Zaid Shakir's Audio and Video lectures
New York Times 06-18-2006
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