Thursday, August 20, 2015

Poem by Imam Zaid Shakir: From Eastern Skies

From Eastern Skies
From eastern skies the stars brought forth their light,
Conveyed by hearts transcending desert nights,
Igniting flames that burn the dross of sin,
Bequeathing the courage to gaze within,
Freeing the hearts to know the secrets there,
Those secrets to their lovers do they share.
Their wisdom sometimes subtle, sometimes frank
Defy pretenses of a social rank.
For knowledge is for all men to enjoy
And ignorance their calling to destroy.
For Moses, Jesus, David, Muhammad
Are guiding stars that light the firmament.
Its ancient vault spanning turbulent seas;
The storms they birth become a gentle breeze...
That whisper to the far shores of the west:
With knowledge, truth and faith ye shall be blessed!

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & Dr. Recep Ṣentürk sign Memorandum of Understanding for Zaytuna & EDEP

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Great Guide to the Süleymaniye Kutuphanesi

Ph.D Theses on Ghazali

Thanks to Prof. Rowson for introducing me to this site in his seminar on Imam Ghazali at NYU in the fall of 2009.

Shaykh Saleh al-Ghursi's book available to download online for free

Thanks to Aaron Spevack for this.

You can see Shaykh Hamza Yusuf introduction for Shaykh Saleh al-Ghursi at the Rihla program in Konya last year in this recording -

Meğer o Zaid Shakir imiş! Şehid Sedat Yenigün'ün oğlu H. İbrahim Yenigün hep dillerindeki o 'Amerikalı Müslüman Zenci'yi 32 yıl sonra nasıl bulabildiklerini anlatıyor.

Imam Zaid was interviewed in 1977 in Turkey when he and his wife, Sister Saliha Shakir, embraced Islam. The journalist who interviewed him was then martyred. 30 years later, the son of that journalist, now a professor, met with Imam Zaid, ma sha Allah.

Thanks to Said Salih Kaymakci.