M4L – Muslims for Liberty

The Muslims for Liberty (M4L) mission is to explore and educate others about the striking parallels between Islam and libertarianism. We attempt to harmonize concepts of classical liberalism and modern freedom, with authentic Islamic teachings. By focusing on the prophetic methodology of mercy, we can demonstrate that ideas of liberty, tolerance, and justice are not exclusively Western ideas. Rather, these ideas are inherent to the Islamic tradition and law (Shariah), which are over 1400 years old. Communities and regions around the world have to each develop their own concepts of freedom while staying true to their history and tradition. M4L is a bridge for connecting eastern and western traditions of freedom.

M4L is committed to engage and dialogue with those who misunderstand or who spread misinformation about Islam and Muslims. We also work to educate others and address misconceptions about libertarian and anarchist thought, and about the liberty movement in general.

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Muslims and Law Enforcement Agencies: A Response

Source: https://bit.ly/2VxToL0 Sept. 2018 By: El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan To My Dear Respected Brother, Dr. Aslam Abdullah: Assalaamu Alaikum, While on a recent visit in Michigan I had the pleasure of coming across the August 31, 2018, edition of The Muslim Observer. As usual, I enjoyed reading the articles contained therein; but one, in particular, resulted …

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A Statement and Petition Requesting the Release of Dr Salman Al-Ouda

Source: http://freesalmanalodah.com/ By: Coalition Sept 2018 We cannot look the other way when a travesty of justice and a blatant abuse of human and civil rights plays out in the land in which prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, received a divine revelation which remains inscribed on the entrance of the Harvard Law library, …

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Iran’s Currency Crisis Is an Opportunity

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=19111 By: Dr. Imad ad-Dean Ahmad March 2019 Donald Trump’s withdrawal from JCPOA (“Iran Nuclear Deal”) poses many problems for everyone, including both the U.S. and Iran.  The biggest problems for Iran are the economic crisis threatened by the loss of foreign investment and the currency crisis threatened by denial of access to the dollar-denominated banking …

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LibertyCon19 : My Journey in Faith and Freedom

By Mohammad Anas S Khan M4L Guest Contributor March 2019 It takes a 20 hours long flight from Mumbai all the way to Washington DC; however, it takes the passion for liberty to be privileged among the thousands of leaders around the world to actually experience the wonder that LibertyCon rightly represents. My journey to …

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Interview by Reza Saiedi on Iranian-American Relations

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=19041 By: Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad Sep. 2018 [This is the text of free-lance journalist Reza Saedi’s interview with Minaret of Freedom Institute president Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad on Iranian-American relations.] Q. Please comment: US sanctions have a direct impact on the Iranian civilian population– limiting medical and research supplies, limiting machinery used to maintain civilian transportation …

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Emir abd El-Kader: A Teacher for the World (A Story of True Jihad)

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=19439 By: Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad Nov 2018 [On September 12, 2018 the Abd Elkader Project held a [full day forum]  introducing  the Muslim scholar turned fighter, turned POW, turned exile, turned hero to the world, honored by Abraham Lincoln with a gift of dueling pistols and by a small town in Iowa that named …

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…He Might Be An Informant

Source: https://www.mlfa.org/think/ By MLFA Oct 2015 [The following is by the Muslim Legal Fund of America, which is a charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities.]   What is an informant supposed to be and how are they supposed to be used? An informant is an …

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Group Rights in the Ottoman ‘Millet’ System

Source: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/tesneem-alkiek/ By Tasneem Alkiek (Yaqeen Institute), March 2018 [The following is an excerpt from a Yaqeen Institute publication titled: “Tolerance, Minorities and Ideological Perspectives“. The citations have been removed here, but can be viewed on the publishers website.] … [U]nder Ottoman rule, an official millet system was established. The term millet was used to refer to communities of religious minorities, and eventually led …

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Illuminating Islam’s Peaceful Origins – 2 Book Reviews

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/section/books/review By Mustafa Akyol (NY Times), Dec 2018 [The following is an excerpt of an article written by Mustafa Akyol where he reviews two books: God In The Quran, by Jack Miles, 241 pgs, $26.95 Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires by Juan Cole, 326 pgs, $28 ] Is Allah, the God …

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The Muslim Community & the Issue of Identity and Belonging

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=18506 By Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad April 2018   [These are my notes from The Washington Forum Lecture Series* program on “The Muslim Community & the Issue of Identity and Belonging” held in Fairfax, VA on April 4, 2018. These notes summarize my impression of highlights of the presentations and are not an attempted transcription.]   …

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Gaza and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=18654 By: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad May 2018 Nikki Haley has created a meme about the Israeli massacre of Palestinians demonstrating for the right to return to their homes at the Gaza border: “No country would act with more restraint than Israel,” she says with a straight face. Many countries would act with more restraint than Israel has, …

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The Israel Lobby and American Foreign Policy

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=18506 By Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad March 2018 [These are my notes from the 2018 conference on “The Israeli Lobby and American Foreign Policy” held at the National Press Club in Washington DC on March 2. These notes summarize my impression of highlights of the presentations and are not an attempted transcription  The entire …

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The State of Islamic Education in the United States

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=18174 By: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad Feb. 2018 [This is a summary of a panel discussion held at the Cato Institute on February 1, 2018 featuring Shafiq Siddiqui (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and Sabith Khan, California Lutheran University discussing their newly published book on their research on Islamic schools in the U.S. The discussion was moderated by …

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Putting Sectarianism in Perspective

        Source:  http://blog.minaret.org/?p=17842 By: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad Nov. 2017 [The following are my notes from a panel discussion with Nader Hashemi (Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East      and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies) and Danny Postel (Assistant Director of the Middle East …

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The Man Who Saved A Generation

Source: http://www.networkradio.us/man-saved-world By Fadi Malkosh (Network Radio), May 2017 [The following is a excerpt/repost of an article written by Fadi Malkosh (Founder and Author of Network Radio), titled “The Man Who Saved The World“. The title has been renamed for Muslim4Liberty] On August 20th 1935, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Ronald Ernest Paul was born.  Son to Howard-Casper and …

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Imran Khan’s Journey to Understanding Islam and Liberty

Source: http://www.arabnews.com/node/217634 By Imran Khan (Arab News), January 2002 [The following is an excerpt from an article written in 2002 by Imran Khan (the 2018 elected Prime Minister of Pakistan). Originally titled “Why the West craves materialism & why the East sticks to religion“, the article details Khans personal struggle to harmonize his understanding of both Islam …

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Squaring the SCOTUS Decision on the Muslim Ban with the Masterpiece Cakes Decision Is a Disturbing Exercise

Source: http://blog.minaret.org/?p=18935 By: Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad June 2018 When confronted with many interesting and important questions about how to weigh religious freedom against the government’s place in fighting invidious discrimination in the Masterpiece Cakes case, the Supreme Court of the United States chose to sidestep all questions but one. They said they didn’t need to decide whether a …

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3 Countries, 4 Continents, 46 years, and handcuffed for this?

What My Arrest One Year Ago Taught Me About America By Hesham El Meligy March 17, 2018 “Will I be made an example of and get labeled a terrorist? Will I end up in Guantanamo? Will I lose my job and spend time in jail? These questions rushed into my mind when I was arrested at …

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Help M4L Bring Ramadan and Eid to One of the Largest Liberty Festivals in the Country

  By Will Coley May 2017 In the age of Trump it is foolhardy to let opportunities like this pass us by. This year we will be bringing a close to our Ramadan @ Porcfest series, with a big bang!! (no pun intended) We’re celebrating Eid this year at the Porcupine Freedom Festival!!  Thousands of people …

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A Summary of: The Exhumation of Classical Liberal Principles In the Evolution of African Societies

By Ibrahim B Anoba M4L Contributor May, 2017 The following is a summary of longer paper published in the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, Vol 3, No 1, 2017, eISSN 1857-9760, accessible HERE The absence of technically organized ideologies in traditional African societies made several historians resolve that pre-colonial Africa had no clear patterns that …

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Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are they Compatible?

Source: http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/islam-and-classical-liberalism-are-they-compatible/ By Mustafa Akyol (Learn Liberty), April 10, 2011   In [the] classical age of Islam — say, from the 7th century to the 19th century — there was at least one gain in terms of liberty: Muslim states did not have a single law of the land. They rather had multiple legal systems to which individuals …

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Playing the Taqiyya Card: Evading Intelligent Debate by Calling all Muslims Liars

Source: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/omar-suleiman/playing-the-taqiyya-card-evading-intelligent-debate-by-calling-all-muslims-liars By Omar Suleiman and Nazir Khan (Yaqeen Institute) April 27, 2017 Trust is a basic element for human beings to live together amicably in a multicultural society. It is unsurprising then that propaganda that has driven societies towards genocide often focuses on depicting a minority group as inherently dishonest and dangerous. For instance, preceding …

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Does Islam Force Itself On Others?

Source: http://www.virtualmosque.com/islam-studies/hot-topics/does-islam-force-itself-on-others/  By Mustafa Umar (Virtual Mosque), April 10, 2011 The Accusation One of the most common, yet groundless, accusations being made against Islam is that it forces itself on others. The picture presented is that if someone does not stop Islam, it will forcefully convert everyone, even at gunpoint. Here is one of the …

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Q&A: Is There a Concept of a State in Islam?

By Ramy Osman April 2017   The following is a transcript of a question-answer exchange between M4L Director Will Coley and author/journalist Mustafa Akyol at the International Students for Liberty Conference held in Washington DC in February 2017. Mustafa Akyol gave a talk titled “Islam and Liberty: Are they compatible?”, and this excerpt is from the …

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The Concept of Freedom in Islam

Source: http://www.islamanswering.com By the authors at QuestionsOnIslam.com Freedom, both as a concept and as a value, has been denied to many individuals, groups, and nations. It has been often misunderstood and abused. The fact is that in no human society can man be free in the absolute sense of the word. There must be some …

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BBC Video: Tariq Ramadan: ‘Islam’s quiet intellectual revolution’

From the Web: Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38987729 By Viewsnight on BBC (BBC World) March 13, 2017 Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight’s new place for ideas and opinion. Here, author and academic Tariq Ramadan argues there is an “intellectual revolution” taking place within Islam. This is a response to Graeme Wood’s Viewsnight: The rise of Islamic State is the …

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CATO Event: Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?

By Ramy Osman April 2017 The CATO Institute in Washington DC hosted an event on February 15, 2017 titled “Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?” (see the video at bottom of this page). The event was a discussion/debate between Turkish journalist and author Mustafa Akyol and American author Shadi Hamid, moderated by CATO’s Ian Vasquez. Akyol presented …

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Muslims Thrive in Free State Project, New Hampshire

From the Web: Source: https://freestateproject.org/blogs/mover-stories/origin-stories-goshe-thrives-new-hampshire By Goshe King (Free State Project) March 10, 2017 In February of 2008 when I became a U.S citizen, I was led to believe that voting was now my civic duty. Previously, I had been completely apolitical and for the first time I started to read the agendas between the …

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Islam: The Religion of Libertarianism (Interview)

From the Web: Source: https://glibertarians.com/2017/03/islam-the-religion-of-libertarianism/ By Old Man With Candy (OMWC) (Gilbertarians) March 13, 2017   [An interview] in which a Palestinian Arab Muslim and a secular Zionist Jew find much accord. Many take it as a given that Islam and any notion of liberty are diametrically opposed. People are quick to point out the number …

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Libertarian Party to Muslims: We Stand With You

From the Web: Source: https://www.lp.org/we_stand_with_you/ By Libertarian Party (LP Press Release) January 29, 2017 For Immediate Release January 29, 2017 Contact: Carla Howell, media [at] LP [dot] org or (202) 333-0008 x 222 In the early morning hours of January 28th, a fire broke out in the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, TX. It quickly destroyed …

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