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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Why I Support This 'Atheist' Minister

(17) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:23 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 | 9:43 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 | 12:21 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 | 7:56 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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This Homophobic Lebanese Singer Should not Be Playing Canadian Shows

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 2:30 PM

UPDATE: Under media scrutiny led by groups like Universalist Muslims and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and the negotiations led by HELEM Montreal, the promoter of Eskanadar's concerts has reached an agreement with HELEM Montreal. The agreement dated June 12, 2015 includes that Eskandar will abide by...

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This Gay Palestinian Refugee Needs Our Help

(13) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 1:01 PM

John Calvin is gay. With Edmonton Pride on the way in June, he should be excited about the festivities. Instead, he is counting the days of his precious life.

Calvin is a refugee from Palestine, who may soon be deported for being born into a family with ties to...

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This Peace Activist Wants People to Know That Palestinians Are Not Hamas

(19) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:30 PM

I met Carmen Jarrah at an interfaith group in Edmonton that was assembled in response to the loss of many tender lives in Gaza last summer. The objective of the group was to figure out collective actions that could be undertaken by Jews, Muslims, Christians and others on...

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Muslims Struggling With Their Sexuality Should Not Judge LGBT Muslims

(7) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:39 PM

Some Muslims who struggle between their sexuality and faith internalize the opinions of conservative Muslim scholars. The only way they can address such cognitive dissonance is by accepting their struggle as a test from God.

However, becoming a "martyr for faith" means owning up the...

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Gay Muslim Men Shouldn't Be Pressured into Heterosexual Marriages

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 9:06 AM

A recent article from the U.K. showcased gay Muslims living in straight marriages. It mentioned how "devout" Muslims attempt to reconcile faith and sexual orientation through marriage at the behest of Imams. But since when has the word "devout" become so abased to be used for those who...

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Moderate Muslims Are Everywhere, Just Not in the News

(33) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:37 PM

A simple Google search reveals that Muslim leaders and organizations across the globe have overwhelmingly condemned ISIS. Brushing aside threats and attacks, Calgary-based Imam Soharwardy led a constellation of Canadian Muslim religious leaders to excommunicate adherents of ISIS.

According to some sources, hundreds...

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Why There Is No Place For Anti-Semitism in Islam

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Recently, the Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton was vandalized with the hate graffiti, 'Leave Canada'. Last year, in October, a mosque in Cold Lake was similarly targeted with the graffiti, 'Go Home'.

Times like these provide opportunities to communities to reach out to one another. This is...

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Harper, Please Don't Deport This Gay Palestinian Refugee

(30) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 9:31 PM

CTV News in Edmonton recently highlighted the case of John Calvin (not his real name), a gay Palestinian who converted from Islam to Christianity and was recently denied refugee asylum in Edmonton by the Canadian government.

Escaping attempts on his life, he studied on a scholarship in...

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This Christmas, Help Muslims Save This Imprisoned Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Some neo-conservative Muslim leaders exhibit a spiritually stingy outlook when they caution their followers against celebrating Christmas. However, many Muslims celebrate Christmas in some small way. Some do so as they are engaged in an interfaith marriage, whereas for others it is part of their tradition to wish...

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Will Firing This Homophobic Cab Driver Stem Hate or Fuel it?

(25) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:04 PM

This Sunday, a Yellow Cab driver in Edmonton left a drag queen stranded in below freezing temperature at 2 a.m. Realizing that his customer sat in the cab dressed in drag, the driver bluntly told him to "get out."

This is not the first incident when taxi drivers...

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There's Nothing Religious About Banning Gay-Straight Alliances

(56) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Recently, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman proposed Bill 202 that would allow students to start a Gay Straight Alliance club in their schools. Such a practice is already part of the policy of the Alberta New Democrats.

However, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants to

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Revisiting Muslim Narratives on Abraham

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Last month, Muslims across the world celebrated the feast of sacrifice, Eid al Adha, which takes place after the annual pilgrimage, Hajj. Many devout Muslims offer the ritual of animal sacrifice after early morning prayers. They do so to commemorate the 'binding of Ishmael'. Muslims believe that by offering his...

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All Pakistan's Blasphemy Law Does Is Instigate Hate

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Last month, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan upheld the death sentence for Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian woman, who was charged with blasphemy over five years ago. The zulm (oppression) inflicted upon her is manifest to any sane observer.

She had dared to drink water in...

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The Right to Life Does Not Mean the Duty to Suffer

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:02 PM

On October 15, a small group of brave people, including Unitarian Minister and spokesperson for Dying with Dignity Rev. Brian Kiely, gathered at Churchill Square in Edmonton. A recent poll showed that about 84 per cent of Canadians support dying with dignity.

They congregated on a...

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Fighting ISIS Includes Standing Up for Human Rights

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Last week in Calgary, a woman attacked Imam Soharwardy by trying to hit him twice with her car. She got out of the vehicle and shouted obscenities at him reserved for Muslims, calling him a "terrorist" and a "threat".

It is disconcerting to note that an Imam, who...

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Muslims Stand Against ISIS, Too

(18) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:45 AM

A friend told me recently that the horrific conduct of ISIS -- Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- has left many people with the impression that all Muslims are like ISIS. However, a simple Google search reveals the Muslim response to ISIS.

Muslim volunteers from the humanitarian group...

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