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 the forthcoming book "Islamic law and Muslim same-sex unions."

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5 Ways LGBT Muslims Can Resist Deep-Rooted Heterosexism

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2016 | 5:51 PM

It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with my interpretations; even the classical Qur'an commentators disagreed on many details. Disagreement deepens our understanding of the Qur'an. -- Muhammad Asad

Post-Orlando, some conservative Muslims supported a rebuttal of the LGBT affirming and life saving work by American Muslim...

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Unpacking 5 Muslim Beliefs On Homosexuality

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 3:33 PM

You brought it upon yourself and upon your poor family ~ Dr. William Waller to Kizzy - Roots (2016)

After Orlando, conservative Muslim leaders have become more conscious of the need to defend themselves against charges of homophobia. However, they blame LGBT Muslims for bringing oppression upon themselves and oblige...

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Homosexuality Is Not A 'Test' From Allah

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 5:58 PM

Not even 7000 years of joy can justify seven days of repression ~ Hafez

After Orlando, instead of perpetuating the discourse of obscene tastes, calamitous diseases and protecting children, mainstream Muslim leaders have begun reaching out to LGBT brothers and sisters. However, when it comes to LGBT Muslims,...

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Can Islamic Scholars Like Ghamidi Help LGBT Muslims?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 8:36 AM

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is one of the most brilliant contemporary Islamic scholars from Pakistan. In a country festering with the hatred of minorities, he has upheld a rational approach to religion. Recently, in a seemingly Australia-based video, he argued against same-sex unions on the basis of...

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Heterosexism Is Losing Ground To LGBT Acceptance In Islam

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:15 PM

"They say we are the people of Lot. But in fact we are the angels of Lot. We were sent so that the mercy of others may be tested." - Leyla Jagiella

Professor Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle is an American Muslim academic noted for...

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Pakistani Clerics Must Consult With Khawaja Siras Before Issuing Fatwas

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 4:21 PM

Judging on what is apparent and leaving the hidden to Allah ~ al-Nawawi

Khawaja Siras is a cultural identity in that may be loosely translated as trans persons. In the aftermath of recent horrific violence faced by the khawaja siras in Pakistan, a group of Sunni...

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Condemning Terror Isn't Enough, Islam Needs Change From Within

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 3:01 PM

This has been a bloody Ramadan for Muslims in Iraq, Bangladesh, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Some claim that the attack near the Prophet's mosque in Medina during the holy month confirms that such acts of wanton destruction could not be from Muslims. But can the terrorists be easily...

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Diverse Leaders Wish Eid Mubarak To LGBTQ Muslims

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat ~ Mother Teresa

As Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid, there are LGBTQ Muslims of various denominations, who may find themselves alone...

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Straight Muslim Allies Must Stand Tall Against Bullies

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 12:14 PM

The aftermath of the dastardly Orlando gay bar shooting brought many LGBT Muslim voices to the forefront in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, and in various places across the United States. Equally significant were the voices of straight Muslim allies. While...

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Heterosexist Muslims Bring Shame To Their Communities

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 3:31 PM

I've gone many days and nights wondering if Allah hates me for who I am ~ Muslim student

Heterosexist Muslims bring shame to themselves and their faith communities when they copy-paste verses and exegeses without an iota of tadabbur (reflection). In spouting off angrily, they completely ignore the call of...

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Islamic Ethics Are Based On Love Not Fear

(9) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Islamic teaching on gays must change. "It has to or it will die from its harshness or rigidity, ... The way it is presently understood, it rots the heart and decays the brain." ~ Imam Daayiee Abdullah

In the aftermath of the Orlando gay bar shootings, mainstream Muslim...

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Pakistanis Have A Moral Responsibility To Stand By Ahmadi Muslims

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 4:12 PM

When a popular TV talk show host in Pakistan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, questioned the right of the state to brand a minority Muslim group as non-Muslim, social media went ablaze with calls for Abbasi's death. While Abbasi would get support from scholars like Abdullahi Naim, who...

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Muslim Leaders Must Embrace The LGBT Community

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 4:53 PM

In the wake of the Orlando gay night club shooting, many Muslims condemned the dastardly act of terrorism that took away 49 precious and beautiful lives. Many have also dissociated the actions of the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, from Islam. However, umpteen condemnations are necessary but not sufficient to...

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LGBT Muslim Youth Deserve The Love Of Both Their Families

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 11:01 AM

In 1994 the United Nations proclaimed May 15 as the International Day of Families. Since then each year a different theme is celebrated. This year the theme is "families, healthy lives and sustainable future."

However, can healthy families be celebrated when many states, communities and families marginalize...

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A More Diverse Islam Can Help End Muslim Extremism

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:25 PM

The main thesis of Phil Gurski's book The Threat From Within suggests that there is no root cause of radicalization amongst youth in the West. Based on years of experience in Canadian intelligence, he cautions against over-simplification and highlights a dozen indicators as markers of extremism. As such,...

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Muslim Leaders Must Do More To Stop Homophobia And Prejudice

(10) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:49 PM

A Bangladeshi LGBT rights activist, Xulhaz Mannan, and his friend were brutally hacked to death by an extremist group for "promoting homosexuality." The funeral picture showed local community members and Muslims offering his funeral prayers.

This clearly draws the line between those who see religion as a...

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What Allah Means To Muslims

(12) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 1:16 PM

Gretta Vosper, who has been dubbed as the atheist minister, recently expressed on CTV that people "are not in search of doctrinal beliefs that are dictated by religious organizations" but rather "want to find ways to create meaning in their lives, ... improve their own well-being and their...

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The Greatest Challenge For LGBT Muslims Lies Within

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:38 PM

Recently, news surfaced that Saudi Arabia was mulling over executing LGBT persons who come out online. This should not be surprising given the fate of prisoners of conscience like Hamza Kashgari, Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair.

It would also not be...

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Hug Ahmadi Muslims And Hug Pakistani Christians

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 12:17 PM

Recently, Asad Shah, a popular shopkeeper was mercilessly murdered for being an Ahmadi Muslim. He was not murdered in Pakistan, where such acts are rampant owing to extreme social ostracism against Ahmadi Muslims. He was murdered in Glasgow, where his family members are afraid for their...

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4 LGBT-Affirming Islamic Teachings

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 10:57 AM

There are many LGBT Muslims and many LGBT persons who embrace Islam as their faith. They address the prohibitive Islamic texts on homosexuality in their diverse ways. Some adopt the "martyr of love" narrative to live their life as a struggle. Others live with severe cognitive dissonance, often zealously following...

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