Junaid Jahangir
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Dr. Junaid Jahangir is an Assistant Professor of Economics at MacEwan University. He occasionally attends the Southminster-Steinhauer United Church and is inspired by the elder Muslim mystics. He works with Alabama based Dr. Hussein Abdul Latif on developing a renewed perspective on Muslim same-sex unions.

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Freedom Of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom To Hate

(21) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 9:21 AM

This Armada that sails against us, carries in its bowels the Inquisition. God forbid it succeeds, for then there will be no more liberty in England, of conscience or of thought. We cannot be defeated ~ Elizabeth - The Golden Age

Dan Barnes' post in the...

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Stop Hosting Hateful Speakers In The Name Of Religious Freedom

(23) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 5:27 PM

Many of us in university and interfaith circles uphold safe spaces. We let students know that they are welcome in our spaces irrespective of their religious and political affiliations, gender expression, sexual orientation and other characteristics. Whether they sport traditional religious garb or express themselves with colour as LGBT persons,...

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LGBT Muslim Leaders Offer Hope For The New Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:00 PM

2016 is upon us.

Straight Muslim activists like Linda Sarsour, Wajahat Ali, Haroon Moghul and Mehdi Hasan have made it clear that while they oppose homophobia, they also do not find any theological justification for Muslim same-sex unions.

While some may support...

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We Muslims Need To Be At Peace With Ourselves

(22) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Some Muslim leaders have expressed "grave concerns" over the Study Qur'an, a recent translation and commentary of the Qur'an because of its promotion of salvific pluralism and universalism. Such Muslim leaders promote exclusivism and supremacism and also bully fellow Muslims, who uphold inclusive values,...

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Muslims Must Reject Exclusivist Theology

(19) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 3:49 PM

Some Muslim leaders have expressed "grave concerns" over the Study Qur'an, a recent translation and commentary of the Qur'an led by prominent Muslim scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Their main concern seems to be the promotion of perennialism, a philosophy of religion that views each of the world's religions...

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Let LGBT Muslims Speak For Themselves

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Recently, American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour broached the issue of LGBT Muslims, among other issues on the Al Jazeera program UpFront. She raised the concern of creating spaces to bring LGBT Muslims closer to Islam.

Those involved in the discussion were cissgender males, one of whom equated...

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Conservative Muslims Must Stop Backing Preachers Of Hate

(39) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:46 AM

According to one of the chief Imams in France, Hassan el-Alaoui, "between 100 and 160 mosques will be closed because ... they preach hatred, or use takfiri (excommunication) speech." He clearly mentioned that, "this kind of speech shouldn't even be allowed in Islamic countries."

Often, under the guise...

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Muslims Must Stand Against The Persecution Of Ahmadis

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Recently, a bloodthirsty mob torched an Ahmadi owned factory in the Pakistani city of Jhelum. In contrast to Canada, where communities galvanize against hate, there were no rallies in defence of Ahmadi neighbours, and social media was ablaze with their "heresies" instead of condemnation of persecution.

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Umpteen Condemnations Do Not Stop Anti-Muslim Bigotry

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:45 AM

I've found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid ... and he gives me courage. ~ Gandalf

Sheila Musaji has been compiling a...

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Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:45 PM

British Muslim activist and former radical, Maajid Nawaz wrote on the Paris tragedy, "Jihadism ... is incredibly hard to tackle, because its recruits remain invisible in our very own societies, born and raised among us, fluent in our languages and culture, but full of venom for everything they...

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Conservative Muslims Must Lead the Dialogue With LGBT Muslims

(22) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 7:02 PM

What else can you do when faced with death, what can anyone do? You go on living. -- Bilbo Baggins

Recently, in London, U.K, Sohail Ahmed, a Muslim gay man, had to listen to a fellow Muslim radio show caller suggest that gay people were influenced...

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Affirming Transgender Persons Is a Catholic Value

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 11:08 AM

"Don't act like the hypocrite who thinks he can conceal his wiles by loudly quoting the Qur'an." ~ Hafez (14th century Persian poet)

Recently, a parochial vicar in Edmonton added to the debate on an issue as trivial as the use of washroom facilities by a transgender student...

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As a Muslim, I Believe There Is No Room for Transphobia in Islam

(11) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:01 PM

The chairperson for the Edmonton Catholic school board expressed anger over fellow trustee Patricia Grell's speaking truth to power. Grell recently leaked a document, which mentions that gender change violates Catholic teachings. While some Muslims may ascribe to such teachings, a careful reflection reveals there is no room...

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The Desecration of the Edmonton Genocide Memorial Garden

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:39 PM

In her mid-70s, Rev. Audrey Brooks, a Unitarian Chaplain at the University of Alberta, is an active member of Edmonton raging grannies, a group that raises consciousness on peace, environment and social concerns. She is heavily involved in numerous interfaith and social causes including being a...

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This Conservative Muslim Scholar Does Not Represent My Islam

(14) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi recently posted a video on LGBT issues in "modern Islam." He views the issue of same-sex relationships primarily through the lens of "urges" and the singular act of "anal intercourse" between males. However, the lens of 'sexual orientation' and 'intimacy between same-sex...

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This Muslim Principal Could Use an Islamic Sex Ed Course

(17) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:21 PM

Farrah Marfatia, principal of the Maingate Islamic Academy in Mississauga, has written a guide, "How to talk to your Muslim child about topics in the Ontario Ministry of Education's Health Education Curriculum, 2015."

She believes that from her "Islamic" perspective the curriculum is not age appropriate and...

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Why I Support This 'Atheist' Minister

(18) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:23 PM

HuffPost Religion recently published an article on the potential firing of a United Church minister for her beliefs on God and the Bible. Rev. Gretta Vosper has been noted for rejecting the idea of "an interventionist, supernatural being" and for supporting the view that "how one lives is...

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Straight Muslim Allies Must Work With LGBT Muslim Activists

(10) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 10:43 PM

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Muslim celebrities Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj wrote an open letter to Muslims on accepting same-sex unions. Likewise, in his Al Jazeera podcast in June, writer Wajahat Ali asked his guests...

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Straight Muslim Allies of Same-Sex Unions Must Come Out of the Closet

(17) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 1:21 PM

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Muslim academic Jonathan Brown argued that Muslims would respect same-sex unions if sharia-based marriages were respected in return.

He rejects the case for Muslim same-sex unions for reasons that include the classical definition of marriage, texts on...

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Conservative Muslims Harm Themselves Through Heterosexist Outbursts

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Online responses from Muslims to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on allowing same-sex marriage reflect a wide array of opinions. Contrary to caricatures that Muslims support the death penalty for "homosexuality," Muslims for Progressive Values fully supported the momentous ruling.

Some, especially those living in Muslim countries,...

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