Hayward, CA (PressExposure) October 03, 2007 -- The major headlines today include the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terror plots and racial profiling. As a result, Islam has become the most talked about religion in the media and among the public.
Imam Zaid Shakir is uniquely qualified as a commentator on these current events and issues. Trained in both socio-political and Islamic sciences, Imam Shakir has a military background in the US Airforce, is a former political science professor and is one of the most influential Islamic scholars in the West.
A sought after speaker and writer on religion, sociopolitical issues and race relations, Imam Shakir has collaborated with great American thinkers such as Dr. Cornel West and Reverend Jesse Jackson and was recently a featured guest on Bill Moyerâs Journal. He has been invited to lecture at several prominent universities including Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Rutgers, and Temple University.
According to Imam Shakir, âWithin us all there lies the potential to realize our dreams. However, within only a few of us there lies the courage to realize our potentialâ. With a long-standing dedication to the human community, the Imam has also forged campaigns for human rights and social justice and helped to reinforce intellectual and spiritual roots. He is the author of the groundbreaking books âHeirs of the Prophetsâ and âScattered Picturesâ, and has written for several notable publications including The New Haven Register and the Washington Post.
In the spirit of the great scholars of the past, he embodies the rationality, spirituality and breadth of traditional knowledge, as well as cutting-edge academic intellect. Imam Shakir leaves a lasting impression; his ability to move hearts and minds enlightens all walks of life.