Imam Zaid Shakir – Remembering our Ancestors

Imam Zaid Shakir delivers an inspirational reminder about our heritage as American Muslims. Invited by the Ihsan Foundation, Imam Zaid showcases important historical personalities that helped to build our contemporary identity. To commemorate Black History Month, Imam Zaid reminds us that our ancestors sacrificed a tremendous amount. Sacrifices that should not be forgotten. Imam Zaid ends this important history lesson with a recital of a poem by Langston Hughes.

This lecture was delivered on February 17, 2007.

Taken from Alhambra Productions Blog and

One Reply to “Imam Zaid Shakir – Remembering our Ancestors”

  1. Alsalamualaikum-

    MR–In another post about Zaid Shakir you wrote:

    “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim and yet many Muslims don’t even do this.

    The Prophet Muhamamd (peace be upon him) said: “The ink of a scholar is more sacred then the blood of a martyr.”

    How many Muslims really realize this saying? It is sahih”

    My friend asked me about the authenticity of this hadith, but I haven’t had much luck finding him an answer. All the websites I have looked at that cited this hadith do not give it’s origin, i.e., where one can find it. And, moreover, those that do speak to it’s authenticity say that it is fabricated, not even da’eef.

    I figured since you were confident it was sahih, you could hook me up with a source.

    Jazzak Allahu Khayr

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