Junaid Jahangir
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Dr. Junaid Jahangir is a Lecturer in Economics at MacEwan University in Alberta and the Canada West Coordinator for Universalist Muslims. He is a staunch supporter of both Muslims for Progressive Values and the El Tawhid Juma Circle Unity mosques.

Dr. Jahangir 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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Moderate Muslims Are Everywhere, Just Not in the News

(32) 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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Only Radical Empathy Will Solve the Gaza Conflict

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Despite being severely criticized by their co-religionists, several Jews, Christians and Muslims, straight and LGBTQ alike, stand for justice.

Supporters of the IDF -- Israeli Defense Force blame Hamas for the high death toll of Palestinian civilians. Some go so far as to blame all Palestinians for...

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In the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Religion Supports Human Rights

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 11:05 PM

The news of the murder of three Israeli boys -- Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, and the subsequent burning alive of a young Palestinian boy, Mohamed Abu Khdeir, was shocking. Equally terrifying are the supremacist and racist opinions of those who seek to reduce the dreadfulness...

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Extremists' Conflation Of Pedophilia With Same-Sex relationships Is an Abomination

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Recently, a Pakistani channel interviewed a serial killer who suffered from childhood sexual abuse and internalized homophobia. Reminiscent of the gay murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, he lured gay men through an online hook-up site and murdered them in cold blood.

Sidelining issues of

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Why Religious People Should Be the First To Support Gay-Straight Alliances

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Recently, the Alberta Legislature voted down a motion that urged the government to support students who want to set up gay straight alliances (GSAs) in their schools.

The arguments against the motion include singling out of sexual minority students at the expense of others and...

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Let's Go Forward, Not Backward, on the Issue of Homosexuality in Islam

(11) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Recent developments in North America and the U.K. indicate that some neo-conservative Muslim leaders completely sideline the welfare of their LGBT brothers and sisters. They are more concerned about defending their understanding of Islam.

Canadian lawyer and academic, Faisal Kutty, has opined, "Same-sex advocates must accept that...

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Hold Neo-Conservative Muslim Scholars To the Same Standards As Other Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Recently, Muslims of many stripes expressed outrage at the misogynist jokes of Abu Eesa, a U.K. based instructor at the Al Maghrib Institute for Islamic Sciences.

In fairness, Al Maghrib issued a statement in support of women. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by another statement.

Rushing to...

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'Islam' That Mocks International Women's Day is Not My Islam

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:44 PM

In the spirit of solidarity with Muslim women, a Muslim man has spearheaded a petition that calls for the dismissal of a U.K based Islamic instructor from a conservative Islamic institution for his misogynist and racist comments on the International Women's Day.

His efforts follow those of...

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Homophobic Muslims Need to Grow Up

(16) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:37 PM


Eid Al Adha 2012 prayers at the LGBTIQ affirming, gender equal and religiously plural El Tawhid Juma Circle in Toronto. courtesy: Pear Studios, Watermark on pix, used with permission from El Farouk Khaki, founder of Salaam Canada Queer Muslim community

Early this month,...

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Homophobia Is Not a Muslim Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:57 AM

This is the second year when columnists at the Calgary Herald have raised alarm at the speakers invited by the Muslim Council of Calgary. Last year concerns were raised about the homophobia espoused by Dr. Bilal Philips and this year it is Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick,...

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