Junaid Jahangir
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Dr. Junaid Jahangir is an Assistant Professor of Economics at MacEwan University. He is also the Canada West Coordinator for Universalist Muslims, who support gender equal, LGBT affirming and religiously plural safe spaces. 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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Umpteen Condemnations Do Not Stop Anti-Muslim Bigotry

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:45 AM

I've found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid ... and he gives me courage. ~ Gandalf

Sheila Musaji has been compiling a...

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Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:45 PM

British Muslim activist and former radical, Maajid Nawaz wrote on the Paris tragedy, "Jihadism ... is incredibly hard to tackle, because its recruits remain invisible in our very own societies, born and raised among us, fluent in our languages and culture, but full of venom for everything they...

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Conservative Muslims Must Lead the Dialogue With LGBT Muslims

(22) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 7:02 PM

What else can you do when faced with death, what can anyone do? You go on living. -- Bilbo Baggins

Recently, in London, U.K, Sohail Ahmed, a Muslim gay man, had to listen to a fellow Muslim radio show caller suggest that gay people were influenced...

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Affirming Transgender Persons Is a Catholic Value

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 11:08 AM

"Don't act like the hypocrite who thinks he can conceal his wiles by loudly quoting the Qur'an." ~ Hafez (14th century Persian poet)

Recently, a parochial vicar in Edmonton added to the debate on an issue as trivial as the use of washroom facilities by a transgender student...

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As a Muslim, I Believe There Is No Room for Transphobia in Islam

(11) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:01 PM

The chairperson for the Edmonton Catholic school board expressed anger over fellow trustee Patricia Grell's speaking truth to power. Grell recently leaked a document, which mentions that gender change violates Catholic teachings. While some Muslims may ascribe to such teachings, a careful reflection reveals there is no room...

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The Desecration of the Edmonton Genocide Memorial Garden

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:39 PM

In her mid-70s, Rev. Audrey Brooks, a Unitarian Chaplain at the University of Alberta, is an active member of Edmonton raging grannies, a group that raises consciousness on peace, environment and social concerns. She is heavily involved in numerous interfaith and social causes including being a...

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This Conservative Muslim Scholar Does Not Represent My Islam

(14) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi recently posted a video on LGBT issues in "modern Islam." He views the issue of same-sex relationships primarily through the lens of "urges" and the singular act of "anal intercourse" between males. However, the lens of 'sexual orientation' and 'intimacy between same-sex...

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This Muslim Principal Could Use an Islamic Sex Ed Course

(17) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:21 PM

Farrah Marfatia, principal of the Maingate Islamic Academy in Mississauga, has written a guide, "How to talk to your Muslim child about topics in the Ontario Ministry of Education's Health Education Curriculum, 2015."

She believes that from her "Islamic" perspective the curriculum is not age appropriate and...

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Why I Support This 'Atheist' Minister

(18) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:23 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 | 10:43 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 | 1:21 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 | 8:56 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 | 3:30 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 | 2:01 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 | 6:30 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 | 6:39 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 | 10:06 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 | 2:37 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 | 12:41 PM

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 | 10:31 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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