Imam Omar Adib Shakir (2023 - 2023)
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Imam Omar Adib Shakir
Southwest Section Convener
Imam Shakir was born in Lima, Ohio, and raised in upstate New York. In 1977 he attended Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he majored in Accounting and Business Administration.
As a child, Imam Shakir was raised in the Baptist tradition
until the age of fourteen when he was first introduced to the
religion of Al-Islam (Islam). At the age of sixteen he embraced
Al-Islam under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed.
In 1983 he was elected Resident Imam (Leader) of the local
Muslim community in Schenectady, New York at the age of
twenty-five. This was the beginning of Imam Shakir’s leadership and ministry.
In 1986 Imam Shakir moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas. In 1988 he was elected Resident Imam of Masjid Luqman in San Antonio, Texas a position he held until 1996. During his eight-year tenure he received two Outstanding Leadership Awards, one in 1988 and the other in 1991. In 2002 he received an interfaith award for Religious Man of the Year for his interfaith and community initiatives.
Imam Shakir is a regular participant in ecumenical services and interfaith dialog. He lectures at many of the local colleges, universities, and churches on the religion of Al-Islam. He has done several local and cable public access TV shows on Al-Islam.
In November of 2002, in recognition of his interfaith efforts, The Focolare Movement Invited Imam Shakir to, and he did attend, an International Interfaith Summit in Rome, Italy promoting unity and universal brotherhood.
In January of 2005 Imam Shakir fulfilled the fifth requirement in his religion, which is to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) to the sacred house in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He again made the lesser Hajj called Umrah in January 2020. Imam Shakir has also traveled to Egypt and Turkey. Most recently, (May of 2014), Imam Shakir attended an international summit of scholars and Imams in Istanbul Turkey on the topics of Ijtihad and Qiyas.
In addition to Imam Shakir’s regular interfaith participation, he has received a number of awards for his service. He is an award recipient from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). He was also the 2012 recipient of the Peace Center’s Peace Laureate Award. In 2013 the Baha’i Community honored him with the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
For the past several years Imam Shakir has delivered invocation at the Blessing of the City Officials hosted by San Fernando Cathedral Interfaith Initiative. He serves as a regular supporter of the MLK Commission’s MLK event. Imam Shakir is involved with the Peace Center’s Compassion NET project, an initiative to make San Antonio a model city for compassion amongst people of all cultures. He and his community have also participated in Mayor Julian Castro’s SA2020 civic initiative.
Imam Shakir is also Texas State Convener for a group of Imam's in the state of Texas, and currently serves on 2 Boards: The Muslim Journal International Newspaper and The Community Wide Shuraa Conference, (CWSC), which he is a member of the Executive Committee.
He is currently Resident Imam at Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah of San Antonio, Texas. In January 2022, Imam Shakir retired as a Chaplain with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, after over 25 years of service. As Chaplain, he served the State of Texas prisons and jails teaching, counseling, mentoring, and resolving conflicts for the inmate population and the department’s employees.
He is married to Zarinah Hasan for over 42 years and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, one daughter and two sons who are active in the community in the field of education and business.