Muslims for Progressive Values

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

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Prescribing gay Muslims to remain in the closet is a bullying tactic that has no basis in the Islamic tradition. Likewise, caricaturing the genuine human need for mawadda as a compulsive desire is a dehumanizing tactic that violates the core Islamic values of human dignity, egalitarianism, compassion and social justice.

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

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

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 Islam...

Homophobic Muslims Need to Grow Up

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Early this month, anticipating stiff opposition, Syed Adnan Hussein showed much inner strength to openly initiate a religiously plural, gender equal and queer affirming Unity mosque in Halifax. Unfortunately, soon after the media announcement from CBC, online spiritual bullying by homophobic Muslims began. Their comments, which alluded to the "homosexual agenda" and "the wrath of Allah", showed lack of a reasonable understanding of a mature faith.

How Muslim Parents Can Help End Bullying in Schools

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Some kids have been targeted by bullies because the hatred towards gays, lesbians, trans and "others" runs so deep in North American society that even appearing different may merit ostracization. Who are we to complain about bigotry against our children if we perpetuate it against others? And so we must ask them, our fellow (otherwise peaceful) Muslim parents, how does the intolerance you teach at home, affect all our youth and our Muslim communities?

Meet the Woman Driving Change in Saudi Arabia

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

On Saturday, October 26, more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheel and drove in Saudi Arabia to challenge the ban on women driving in that country. Some of them posted their videos on YouTube. Several people were detained and fined. Last week I interviewed another brave woman who drove on October 26, human rights activist and photographer, Samia El-Moslimany.

Stop Mainstream Canada's Apathy Toward First Nations Abuse

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

A movement has taken hold. It arose notwithstanding the torturous abuse First Nations people withstood as children and youth at Canada's residential schools which took place during the course of my generation and previous generations. The after-effects of the abuse continue to haunt communities.

Fox News and Saudia Arabia Have More in Common Than You Think

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Last Friday Dr. Reza Aslan was interviewed by Fox News on his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Bigotry reigned as Green repeatedly asked Aslan why as a "Muz-lim" he would write a book about Jesus. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, another secular Muslim sat in a Saudi prison, awaiting his sentence. His crime? Attempting to liberalize religion in Saudi Arabia and criticizing religious police.

Disguised in the Name of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In the last few months the world has witnessed, once again, atrocities planned and in two cases, carried out, disguised in the name of Islam. The debate among Muslims in the West is filled with tension. And as Muslims what more must we do to stop the chaos, in addition to demanding changes in our Western countries' foreign policies?

Why No Kid Should Be Banned From Playing Sports

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This weekend the Quebec Soccer Federation votes on whether to lift a ban that prevents kids from playing soccer -- specifically Sikh players who wear turbans. In sports, you learn to participate and take risks. And you learn to include everyone. It is a lesson that some of the grown-ups still don't get.

Canada: Strong and Free or Scared and Silent?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Is it odd that we have gone from being a nation that respects the impartiality of the press to one in which government has no qualms about personally bashing senior journalists when they deliver unfavorable news? Government leaders take note. You serve as an example.

There Is No Place for Homophobia in Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

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. Conservative Muslim parents need to be concerned whether their children are being taught values of tolerance or exclusion.

This Woman Risked Death to Go Topless

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

A 19-year-old woman, named Amina Tyler, who lives in Tunisia, was threatened with stoning after she exposed her breasts in a photo she posted online, scribbling the words -- "my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone's honour" -- on her torso in Arabic.

How to Fight Hate Without Becoming Hateful

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

At Muslims for Progressive Values we at fight peacefully against those who call themselves Muslim and inflict crimes against humanity. The incitement of hatred, examples of which proliferate our society, does not help our cause, nor humanity as a whole. It does the opposite. Hatred begets hatred

Religious Rights Don't Trump Human Ones in Canada

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In Toronto, this past June, Faith McGregor, walked into the Terminal Barber shop owned by Omar Mahrouk and asked for a haircut. Mahrouk said his barber shop did not serve women. McGregor's decision to file a complaint against Mahrouk was the right one. This is something that should not happen here in Canada.

A Muslim Canadian and a Muslim American Talk Politics

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

The American Presidential election between Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney and incumbent Democratic Candidate President Barack Obama, takes place in only a two days on November 6, 2012. Its outcome may result in a remarkably different future for many. What happens in the U.S. affects us all -- both here in Canada and overseas. As a Muslim Canadian woman, I wonder, what is on the mind of a Muslim American woman right now?

No, Banning "Innocence of Muslims" Is Not the Solution

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

To my fellow Muslims -- the 99 per cent who are peaceful -- here is my message. Online articles, information and resources, including amateur video productions, are everywhere. "Policing" opinions on religious matters is unrealistic in most instances. But some of you say "Innocence of Muslims" is a special case and should be banned. Personally, I disagree. The video should not be banned, nor should any video that one finds disturbing because of its anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian or anti-religious content. Why? For a number of reasons.

Saving Rimsha: Religious Intolerance is the Real Blasphemy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl with Downs Syndrome might be put to death for blasphemy. Killing people for expressing negative and/or dissenting views on religion, for burning Qurans, for writing letters -- is this Islam? No. In Islam, a law that penalizes a person for challenging or disparaging the religion -- is blasphemy itself.

Canada's No Safe Haven From Breivik-Style Hate Crime

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Is domestic terrorism, instigated by white supremacists, such as Breivik, on the rise? Recently, more incidents of hate crimes are reported to be taking place, with alarming frequency. There have been at least seven reports of hate crimes targeting Muslims and mosques in the last 10 days in the United States. Here in Canada we look down at the U.S. and say, "well, everything is worse down there, more guns, more violence, more racism." Not so fast. According to Statistics Canada figures from 2009, the frequency of hate crimes are up.