Imam Zaid Shakir at 2015 Interfaith Conference

Published on Sep 23, 2015

Prophet Muhammad (s) Day: What Would Muhammad Say?

Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, chairman of the board, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College located 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. 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 divestment from South Africa, and co-founded New Brunswick Islamic Center formerly Masjid al-Huda. Muslims for Peace, Inc.9th Annual Prophet Muhammad (s) Day Interfaith Conference. In recent years, it has become more apparent that little is understood about Prophet Muhammad (s). Whether it be the representation in the media or attacks on his behavior, issues prevalent today portray a one-sided approach. However, to examine the reality of the situation, to fully understand what the faults in these representations currently are, it is important to analyze Prophet Muhammad’s character, his actions, as well as this modern representation of Prophet Muhammad and people of faith from around the world. With the Allah, the Almighty, states: “And We have not sent you [Muhammed] except as a mercy to mankind” (Qur’an 21:107) This Qur’anic verse has been proven true, for when one studies the biography of Muhammed (S), one will find that he demonstrated attributes of kindness, honesty, generosity and forgiveness, to name a few amongst many traits, to both his friends and foes. Therefore, it was his mercy and guidance that transformed one of the most barbaric societies, into a civilized state.…

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