Junaid Jahangir
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Dr. Junaid Jahangir is an Assistant Professor of Economics at MacEwan University. He is inspired by the elder Muslim mystics. With Dr. Hussein Abdul Latif, he has co-authored "Islamic law and Muslim same-sex unions."

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Defeating Terrorism Means Destroying The Supremacist Narrative

(23) Comments | Posted May 26, 2017 | 10:25 AM

The Manchester suicide bomber was noted to drink alcohol, do drugs, and get involved in gangs. Then he became "religious."

Those who focus on his involvement with drugs and gangs, explain the Manchester attack through the lens of social alienation. Others blame Islam.

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10 Progressive Muslim Politicians Who Affirm LGBTQ Rights

(6) Comments | Posted May 24, 2017 | 3:48 PM

Critics of Islam are often concerned about the treatment of LGBTQ Muslims, though often it is in an effort to criticize Islam rather than to help LGBTQ Muslims. They raise concerns about the institution of sharia laws in North America and Western Europe.

Their concerns are justified if we limit...

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Muslim Community Should Stand Behind Its Progressive Bloggers

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 11:57 AM

Recently, ex-Muslim atheists complained that their pages are increasingly being blocked on Facebook. They have created a petition here to ask Facebook to protect one of its most vulnerable communities.

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Bangladeshi social activists gathered in a protest against...

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Can Muslims Respect Female Scholars Of Islam?

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 12:13 PM

Dr. Amina Wadud critiqued that my recent blog only contained male voices. This is a legitimate criticism. I had the title changed to include the word "male."

My choice was intentional to showcase support for a minority view from traditionally trained male scholars, in order to reach...

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Progressive Muslims Contribute Beyond Women And LGBTQ Rights

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2017 | 1:28 PM

Abide by the truth even if your shadow deserts you ~ Amin Ahsan Islahi

Mainstream Muslim institution stakeholders often ignore the contributions of progressive Muslims. They believe that the contributions of progressive Muslims are limited to women rights and LGBTQ rights. However, despite their small numbers, progressive Muslims have been...

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10 Male Muslim Scholars Who Resist Islamic Punishments

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 12:47 PM

"How can you do this to anybody?"
-- The Stoning of Soraya M

The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party clerics recently declared liberal Muslims as a threat to Islam as they reject the hudud (punishments under Islamic law). They vowed to wipe them out. Such rhetoric...

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This Female Imam's Views Are Not Blasphemy

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 5:38 PM

Recently, Dr. Amina Wadud was in a social media controversy when people started commenting on her 2013 blog post accusing her of blasphemy against the Prophet Abraham. Such are often opportunities for zealous masses to prove their Muslim credentials. While some hurled abuses at her, others went so...

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I'm Grateful For These Unsung Straight Allies Of LGBTQ Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2017 | 2:37 PM

Sometimes atheists, feminists and LGBTQ rights activists create a new orthodoxy when they demean those who do not share their views. In their critiques they also dictate how allies should think and when they should talk. Battling others for being judgmental and lacking compassion, they become the very embodiment of...

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7 Muslim Male Scholars Who Support Female Imams

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 4:00 PM

In 2005, Muslim scholar Dr. Amina Wadud led Friday prayers despite bomb threats. Curiously, 12 years later, a Muslim consultant, Yasmin Mogahed, addressed a query at the "About Islam" website.

Mogahed invoked consensus that men should lead prayers and that women should stop mimicking men. She created a...

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Support Pakistani Activists On Countering Hateful Narratives

(4) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 11:15 AM

"Then they came for me." ~ Pastor Martin Niemoller

Recently, a young man was brutally lynched by fellow university students in the Pakistani city of Mardan. Some say he was accused of supporting Ahmadis. He had also tweeted for LGBT people. Either way, he...

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Respecting Theological Debate About Muslim Same-Sex Unions

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 2:02 PM

Co-authored by Dr. Hussein Abdullatif

Recently, Dr. Shabir Ally, president of the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre in Toronto, obliged us with a very generous and kind review of our book "Islamic Law and Muslim Same-Sex Unions."

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(Photo: Karam...

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Canadian Muslims Must Confront The Hateful Speakers In Our Midst

(20) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 11:15 AM

Recently, Rabbi Koffler Fogel of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs expressed that combating anti-Muslim hate in Canada should be unanimously endorsed. However, citing the calls for anti-Semitic violence from some Canadian mosque pulpits, he stated that legitimate criticism of aspects of Islam that are...

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Muslim Women Can Marry Outside The Faith

(10) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 2:05 PM

He created for you mates to find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy ~ 30:21

Last month, CBC reported the news of an interfaith couple, Shaaz, a Muslim woman, and Jarred, a Jewish man, who live in Airdrie, Alberta. While they found a...

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5 Ways In Which Muslims Can Affirm Diversity

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 11:57 AM

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) promotes itself as the representative voice for Muslims on campus and usually plans Islam Awareness Week (IAW). The objective behind IAW is to dispel common misconceptions about Muslims in an environment of increasing Islamophobia.

However, representing Muslim voices is a heroic claim as there...

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Hateful Muslim Imams Do Not Speak For Islam

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 12:44 PM

A few weeks ago a video surfaced on YouTube about a Canadian imam who supported the death punishment for apostasy. Such videos, of which there is no dearth, capture the comments of Canadian imams who preach wife beating, condemn gays and support medieval punishments and the...

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M-103 Can Ban Islamophobia, But Only Honest Dialogue Will End It

(19) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 12:03 PM

Recently MP Iqra Khalid received death threats for presenting motion M-103. The motion calls for condemning Islamophobia in the wake of the Quebec mosque shooting. The reaction to her motion and the blockage of a Toronto mosque only corroborate the virulent hatred against Muslims that exists...

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Islam's Diversity Permits Many Acts Beyond Vanilla Sex

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 1:42 PM

There is sadaqa (worship through giving) in sexual intimacy. -- The Prophet

Muslim puritans thump the sex positivity of Islam in their polemics. Paradoxically, they reject sexual conduct beyond coitus and project their personal views as consensus. However, Islam is too diverse and vast for there to be any consensus...

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Why We Need To Emphasize Diversity In Muslim Voices

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 12:52 PM

Jo Tumhe Mehroom Karey Tum Usay Ata Karo (Shower grace on the one who bereaves you)

The Quebec mosque shooting galvanized Canadian communities who came out in droves for vigils all across Canada. In Edmonton, despite freezing temperatures, hundreds flocked to the Alberta Legislature to comfort the Muslim...

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5 Muslim Scholars On The Permissibility Of Not Wearing The Headscarf

(32) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 12:44 PM

The headscarf worn by Muslim women is often a subject of immense debate in the media. It is donned for various reasons from the personal to the political. It is imposed on many but freely adopted by others.

A piece of clothing that should ideally be an issue of...

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LGBTQ Community Stands By Ahmadi Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 11:20 AM

Recently, my Ahmadi former student in Calgary tagged me in a Facebook post. He expressed his frustration at yet another Ahmadi mosque targeted by a frenzied mob in the Pakistani city of Chakwal. He looks up to me as a big brother. Naturally, whenever he feels let down...

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