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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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

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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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One Imam Teaching Homophobia Does Not Speak for All Muslims

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:38 PM

In April, the Edmonton Islamic Academy distanced itself from a visiting Imam's homophobic comments given to a group of junior high students. The Principal, allegedly, did not provide answers when asked to specify what school policies were in place to support gay Muslim youths.

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Queer Muslims Deserve More Than Scriptural Zealotry

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:27 PM

In a recent blog piece, American Islamic scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf defended the right to uphold the belief that "homosexuality" constitutes an aberration. He equated queer individuals with ma'buns, a category used in Islamic legal texts to refer to those who are effeminate in speech or desirous of...

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Denouncing Queer Muslims Violates the Spirit of Islam

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 8:16 AM

In May, the assembly of Islamic researchers of Al Azhar University in Egypt -- constituting the highest authority in Sunni Islamic jurisprudence -- condemned Muslim same-sex marriage and rejected the prayers of Muslims who pray behind queer-positive Imams as invalid.

Conservative Muslim leaders occasionally judge the prayers...

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There Is No Place for Homophobia in Islam

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:07 PM

In his April 11 show, "The Arab Underground," conservative political activist Ezra Levant interviewed a former Israeli army officer to highlight the imparting of homophobia in the government funded Edmonton Islamic Academy.

He aired a video clip, which showed the Imam of the Al Rashid Mosque expressing...

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Can Pamela Geller Work With Straight and Queer Muslims?

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Recently, San Francisco public officials and queer community leaders expressed concerns that the anti-gay bus ads backed by political activist Pamela Geller would denigrate the city's Muslim community. Indeed, by emphasizing the outrageous comments of controversial Muslim leaders, these ads incite fear and demonize...

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How the Dialogue on Queer Muslims Is Shifting

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Notwithstanding prejudice from Muslim circles, society at large and even within the queer community, queer Muslim activists continue their work on holding annual retreats, having family oriented action based projects, countering homophobes and collaborating on workshops.

Against many odds...

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Why All Muslims Are Talking About Queer Sexuality

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 8:15 AM

In February, U.K. based Muslim MP Sadiq Khan received death threats for voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Ignoring Muslim voices that condemned these threats, many commenters generalized and stereotyped the entire Muslim community.

The 'best rated' comments included gems like 'violence seems to be the only...

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Can We Use Religion for Justice -- Not Evil?

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Professor of religion Dr. Omid Safi expressed hope for the New Year that religious faith becomes a force for justice, since religion has been a divisive force in recent history.

Notwithstanding severe criticism, many Jewish people have shown how religious faith can indeed...

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Would Obama Issue an Apology for "Other" Children?

(63) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 6:59 AM

At the interfaith vigil in Connecticut, U.S. President Obama, fighting back tears, expressed overwhelming grief, as a parent, on the killing of 20 innocent little children.

In contrast, columnist George Monbiot noted that President Obama has remained silent over the 168 children killed...

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