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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Muslims Should Reject Exclusivism And Excommunication

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 2:08 PM

Recently, a top cleric in Saudi Arabia branded Iranians as non-Muslims, referring to them as "sons of the Magi." Such takfir (excommunication) is neither a unique feature of the Saudi clerics nor is it restricted towards Shia Muslims. Throughout Muslim history, scholars have held similar opinions.

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Updating 5 Muslim Beliefs On Homosexuality

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 3:43 PM

Conservative Muslims believe that the earliest jurists and exegetes have best explained and analyzed the Qur'an and the Hadith. However, it is important to underscore that the reasoning of the past scholars was informed by the social mores and medical knowledge of their times.

Past scholars associated the invention...

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Critics Must Join Progressive Muslims For Effective change

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2016 | 1:47 PM

My articles are based on a hermeneutic that is religiously plural, atheist inclusive and LGBTQ affirming. Yet, time and again, I have received strong responses from those critical of faith and Islam. Shahla Khan Salter of Universalist Muslims and Kelly Wentworth of Muslims for Progressive Values...

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Logistical Rules Do Not Hinder Muslim Same-Sex Unions

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Dr. Mohammad Fadel, a Professor at the University of Toronto, offered a reflection on the possible theological inclusion of gay Muslims in Islam. His main argument is that while the Qur'an does not countenance the possibility of same-sex relationships, gay Muslims may be accommodated based on necessity.

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LGBT Muslims Should Reject Misery Sold As Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Remember, those that try to destroy your happiness, do so out of jealousy, they are unhappy with their own miserable lives ~ Online meme

The ex-gay movement has been thoroughly discredited with scandal after scandal. Their Muslim counterparts, who identify as being afflicted with same-sex attraction (SSA), have...

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5 Ways Muslims Can Support LGBT Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 12:10 PM

Many conservative Muslim leaders, at least in North America, no longer uphold the death punishment for homosexuality. There are popular speakers who still do so but they are increasingly finding that it is not politically expedient to air such views. Although, they still prescribe permanent celibacy to gay...

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7 Shifts In Islam On LGBT Issues

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 3:58 PM

Conservative Muslim leaders often claim that the Islamic position on homosexuality is clear and immutable. They exaggerate the issue of homosexuality to be on par with the six articles of faith and the five pillars of Islam. Despite their claims, the contemporary Muslim position on LGBT issues has gone through...

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Addressing 5 Muslim Misconceptions On Homosexuality

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Earlier this year the Indonesian Psychiatric Association issued a statement branding homosexuality and transgenderism as curable mental illnesses. A school for transgender women in Indonesia was also shut down. When the founder of the school, Ibu Shinta claimed that Islam affirms diversity, she was simply labeled...

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Muslims Must Speak Out To Let The World Know Black Lives Matter

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Recently, many Canadians marched for justice in Ottawa and other cities for a Somali Canadian, Abdirahman Abdi, who died following an arrest. In Edmonton, Bashir Mohamed was called the "N" word. He says that people have intimidated him, cursed him, thrown things and spat at him...

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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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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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