Apart from their regular duties, they are addressing concerns of a community that feels vulnerable, addressing hatemongers and standing up against extremist Muslims. However, as an academic, I call upon them now to show leadership in addressing the concerns of LGBT Muslim youth.
Assistant Professor - MacEwan University
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 "Islamic law and Muslim same-sex unions."
Micro-aggression against Ahmadis persists across Muslim communities in the West. This includes opposition to Ahmadis in interfaith gatherings as Muslims, sidelining them during Islam Awareness Weeks on campuses and telling colleagues in interfaith circles that, "Ahmadis are not Muslims."
09/27/2016 01:06 EDT
Recently, a top cleric in Saudi Arabia branded Iranians as non-Muslims, referring to them as "sons of the Magi." Such takfir
09/09/2016 02:08 EDT
Conservative Muslims believe that the earliest jurists and exegetes have best explained and analyzed the Qur'an and the Hadith
09/08/2016 03:43 EDT
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. Ignoring socio-economic and political factors, the critics simplistically blame all the ills in the Muslim world on Islam.
09/01/2016 01:47 EDT
Dr. Mohammad Fadel, a Professor at the University of Toronto, offered a reflection on the possible theological inclusion
08/30/2016 02:26 EDT
There is no compulsion in religion, judgment is faced alone and scholars are not taken as lords besides Allah. Indeed, we are accountable for our own understanding of the texts. In contrast, the orthodox scholars and their mentally enslaved minions usurp this freedom by foisting their beliefs on fellow Muslims.
08/26/2016 04:24 EDT
Leaders outside progressive Muslim circles have moved beyond the celibacy prescription to address the concerns of their fellow co-religionists. Time may allow them to fully affirm gay Muslims in their own unique ways.
08/25/2016 12:10 EDT
Conservative Muslim leaders often claim that the Islamic position on homosexuality is clear and immutable. They exaggerate
08/22/2016 03:58 EDT
Five common misconceptions include the conflation of sexual abuse with homosexuality, explaining the latter through pornography, associating sexual practices and diseases with sexual orientation, trusting reparative therapy and diminishing the harms of permanent celibacy.
08/15/2016 03:17 EDT
The Prophet spent time uprooting the deep-rooted racism against black people. He admonished Muslims to be careful for the people of Paradise include black persons including Negus, Bilaal and Luqman. However, just as the black Companion Bilaal faced discrimination, black Muslims continue to face discrimination in Muslim spaces.
08/09/2016 11:28 EDT
Hermeneutical gymnastics that equate LGBT Muslims with Lot's people and which downplay the legitimate human need for affection, intimacy and companionship as mere urges and whims are instigated by a deep-rooted heterosexism. The same prejudice allows placing the prohibition of homosexuality on par with the six articles of faith and the five pillars of Islam.
07/27/2016 05:51 EDT
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 them to uncritically follow their beliefs on homosexuality.
07/25/2016 03:33 EDT
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, conservative Muslim discourse continues to depict homosexuality as a test from Allah.
07/21/2016 05:59 EDT
Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is one of the most brilliant contemporary Islamic scholars from Pakistan. In a country festering with
07/20/2016 08:36 EDT
Post-Orlando, mainstream Muslim groups have begun to express open solidarity with the LGBT community. Muslims and LGBT communities have even broken bread together in Toronto and Dublin. This societal shift bolsters Kugle's affirmation of LGBT Muslims, which the guardians of "Abrahamic morality" perceive as threatening.
07/18/2016 02:17 EDT
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 clerics issued a (legal opinion) sanctioning their rights including that of marriage. However, by skirting dialogue with the khawaja siras community, the clerics may have failed to maximize their potential.
07/12/2016 04:21 EDT
Blaming Islam for terrorism is silly as the texts are silent and it is Muslims who speak. This however still does not absolve Muslims of responsibility for internal change to stop those on the cusp of joining terrorists. This means challenging popular speakers who support medieval sharia laws, Caliphates and draconian punishments under Islamic law.
07/08/2016 03:01 EDT
As Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid, there are LGBTQ Muslims of various denominations, who may find themselves alone on this holiday. Cut off from their biological families, some find community amongst online friends. Such a community alleviates but does not necessarily resolve all their concerns.
07/05/2016 04:39 EDT
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.
07/04/2016 12:14 EDT
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