Imam Zaid Shakir is known for having expressed his desire to see the United States eventually become, “not by violent means, but by persuasion, a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law.” “Every Muslim who is honest should say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,” he said.
• Former Muslim chaplain at Yale University
• Contends that Muslims cannot accept the legitimacy of the existing American order
• Criticizes the U.S. for its “pattern of demonization, destabilization, and the invasion of hapless Third World nations”
• Claims that organizations such as Hamas and al Qaeda are pursuing manifestly legitimate objectives
Radical Islam (H/T Traduction) In 2009 Shakir collaborated with Hamza Yusuf to establish Zaytuna College in California — the first four-year, accredited Islamic college in the United States. A fundraiser will be held for Zaytuna College at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, November 3. The featured speaker is one of Zaytuna’s founders, Imam Zaid Shakir, an Islamist cleric whose extremism has been repeatedly documented by RadicalIslam.org.
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The Hilton conference center is located on the campus of the University of Florida, exposing students to Shakir’s beliefs. The center’s phone number is 1-352-371-3600 and its website is here.
In Shakir’s view, organizations such as Hamas and al Qaeda are pursuing manifestly legitimate objectives.
In 2008 Shakir took issue with the film Obsession, which, in an effort to warn the West about the gravity of the Islamist threat, showed clips of radical Muslim clerics and terrorists preaching jihad. Shakir described the film as an “anti-Islamic” piece of “black propaganda.”
The New York Times reported in 2006 that Shakir “said he still hoped that one day the United States would be a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law,” and that he supports accomplishing this non-violently. He says that Islam justifies the hijacking of “an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne” and that the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon by Hezbollah was not an act of terrorism.
In May 2009, Shakir wrote that the U.S. has a “pattern of demonization, destabilization and the invasion of hapless Third World nations.” Among those “demonized” by the U.S. are Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Hugo Chavez and Muammar Qaddafi, he says. He also teaches that the U.S. is run by a “small oligarchy.”
In an article published in October, 2007, Shakir objects to President Bush’s use of the term “Islamic fascists” by arguing that the Bush Administration and “neoconservatives” are the true fascists. He says it is a “big lie” that “so-called Islamic Fascism threatens Western Civilization.” He gives support to 9/11 conspiracy theories, writing that the attacks “occurred under dubious circumstances that have yet to be thoroughly examined.” He criticizes the “process of vilification” against Iranian President Ahmadinejad and characterizes Al-Qaeda, Hamas and jihadists in Iraq, Kashmir and Chechnya as fighters against unjust policies. He has condemned some of their violent tactics but supports their cause.
In 2003, he preached that the U.S. was waging a war on Islam and that the government was systematically persecuting innocent Muslims, saying “they just want a pretext to get another Muslim off the street” and Muslim-Americans should wage non-violent jihad through institution-building in the U.S.
In April 2012, he published a poem depicting the U.S. as a racist, imperialist country whose soldiers rape young girls and kill Muslim civilians without remorse.