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Shaban: Preparing for Ramadan | Imam Zaid Shakir

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening with Imam Zaid Shakir for spiritual and practical insights on what we can do now to honor the guest who comes just once a year and on what we can do this upcoming Ramadan for the maximum benefit of our Hereafter.

After Isha (8 p.m.) – 9:30 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 24 | MCC Prayer Hall | In-person only; recording will be posted later

– More Imam Zaid:

“Rajab is the month to sow the seeds. Sha’ban is the month to irrigate the crop, and Ramadan is the month to reap the harvest.” – Imam Abu Bakr Al Warraq Al Balkhi (rahimahullah).


About Imam Zaid Shakir
Born in Berkeley, California, and raised in the Atlanta and Hartford projects alongside six other children, Imam Zaid Shakir converted to Islam in 1977 and today is one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the West.

He found Islam while in the U.S. Air Force, spending time reading and learning about various faiths and practices, from Christianity to Transcendental meditation, but says he chose Islam because of its social aspects:

“Transcendental meditation gives you peace of mind…but it didn’t do anything for anybody else, so I had to keep looking,” Shakir explains at a recent lecture at a Brooklyn mosque. “I was literally searching for truth, and I made various stops along the way, and I found what I believed was the truth.”

Imam Zaid began his study in the United States, earning a BA with honors in International Relations at American University and an MA in Political Science at Rutgers University, but continued his education in the Middle East, studying Arabic, Islamic law, Quranic studies, and spirituality at Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University. Yet he returned to the United States seven years later, settling in Connecticut, co-founding Masjid al-Islam, serving as Imam, the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative, and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee.

“You have an American Muslim culture emerging, which is very important because then you can get a unique understanding of the religion that would allow the American Muslim to take his or her rightful place amongst the various Muslim communities of the world.”

In 2003, Shakir moved to Hayward, California, to serve as a scholar in residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute, a non-profit educational institute focused on Islamic studies and surrounding topics. In 2005, Zaytuna Institute published Shakir’s collection of essays, SCATTERED PICTURES: REFLECTIONS OF AN AMERICAN MUSLIM.

Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, serves on its Board of Trustees, and is a senior Faculty Member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He 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.


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