Category Archive: ISLAM & LIBERTY

Dec 31 2012

Proud Member of the Uncompromising “Minority”

By Will Coley December 31, 2012 “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”,¬† Samuel Adams. Whenever I read or hear this quote I hear echos of Prophetic wisdom expressed in an adage that I have heard since …

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Dec 24 2012

Khadija Umm ul Muminin: Strength, Character, Intellect: Defining Strong Women.

Written by ‘Amira Mustafa’   Khadija umm ul muminin (r.a), one of the most extraordinary and inspiring women of her time, and she is the epitome of independence for postmodern women. What makes this woman so special? Born in 7th century Arabia, in a society that favored men and treated women as mere chattel Khadija …

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Dec 21 2012

The Sunnah of Personal Protection

Note: ‘Sunnah’ is an Arabic word which means the example and practices of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) By Will Coley December 2012 With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, and the calls of some liberal mainstream Muslim organizations for gun control, some people have asked us to weigh in on this topic. As …

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Dec 18 2012

Ninth-Century Muslim Anarchists

By Davi Barker Published on SF Muslim Examiner, July 30, 2011 I came accross an article titled ‚ÄúNinth-Century Muslim Anarchists‚ÄĚ by Patricia Crone, scholar of early Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. It came from JSTOR, which is an online archive of academic journals, but it‚Äôs behind a $30 pay wall, so …

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Dec 11 2012

M4L Feature in Illume Magazine Sparks National Media Interest

By Ramy Osman On December 10, 2012, Illume Magazine featured an article putting the spotlight on Director William Coley and the Muslims4Liberty organization. The feature is titled: “New Muslim Movement Challenges Islamophobia on Home Turf“. The article by Carl Berg, traces how the Tea Party and some of their anti-Islam tactics have actually contributed to …

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Dec 11 2012

Randian Irony at an ICNA dinner

Randian Irony at an ICNA Dinner Posted on SF Muslim Examiner, December 10, 2012: Last night I attended the Annual Supporters’ Dinner for the Bay Area Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which was a run-away success. Good speakers, good food, lots of money going to a worthy cause and a fabulous …

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Nov 26 2012

Khadijah(ra): A Case Study in Libertarian Feminism.

Khadija umm ul’ muminin (r.A), the first and most beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammad (saws), a shinning example for post modern women. Particularly those strong, independent Muslim women with an entrepreneurial spirit. I see her as one of histories finest examples of libertarian feminism in action. In a society dominated by men, where most …

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Nov 15 2012

The Greatest Jihad

The Greatest Jihad By Davi Barker Posted on Daily Anarchist, November 13, 2012 Earlier this month I returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. They say the sign of a successful pilgrimage is that your life changes. Well, I got that in spades, as I‚Äôll explain. But the strangest thing about being back …

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Nov 14 2012

Dear Religious Right…

By Will Coley, Director of M4L November 2012 Hello average GOP values based voter, I wanted to take a little time after the election to thank you. You have handed the US another 4 years of Obama, and as a Libertarian I appreciate that. Your failures may possibly spell out to our party‚Äôs future success …

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Nov 07 2012

Islam and Libertarianism are a Good Fit

Islam and Libertarianism are a Good Fit by Imad ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. , originally posted on Muslimsmatters.org Libertarian Candidate for US Senate, Maryland Nov 2012 When the Maryland libertarian party asked me to be its candidate for the United States Senate in the 2012 election, I asked them are you sure you want a Muslim …

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Oct 07 2012

The Law According To The Somalis

Posted on Daily Anarchist, November 16, 2011 Many voluntaryists have looked longingly toward Somalia for evidence of our ideas in practice. But it‚Äôs a little tough when that real-world example also happens to be the quintessential image of extreme poverty and feuding warlords for most people. Nonetheless, sometimes an article appears that rightly points out …

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Jul 26 2012

Islam and Liberty: A Comparative Analysis

The following is an adaptation of a lecture frequently given by William Coley, Director of ¬†Muslims for Liberty. The name of the lecture is ‚ÄúIslam and Liberty‚ÄĚ. In it, he explores the historical roots of the ‚Äúessential rights‚ÄĚ (also known as the ‚Äúnatural rights of man‚ÄĚ), and how they have striking similarities with maqasid al-shariah …

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Jul 18 2012

Why Muslim Fundamentalists Should Embrace Voluntaryist Anarchy Instead of Participating in the Modern Political Process

Why Muslim Fundamentalists Should Embrace Voluntaryist Anarchy Instead of Participating in the Modern Political Process By Davi Barker, M4L July 14, 2012 Originally Posted on Daily Anarchist I want to be clear from the outset what I mean by ‚Äúfundamentalists.‚ÄĚ I‚Äôm not talking about muslims engaged in suicide bombing, plane hijacking, church burning, cartoonist murdering …

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Mar 27 2012

Tea Party Muslims Shatter All Preconceptions

By Davi Barker August 24, 2011, originally published on SF Muslim Examiner   Muslims are terrorists that hate America‚Äôs freedom… right? And the Tea Party are right-wing Christian extremists that hate Muslims… right? So, ‚ÄúTea Party Muslim‚ÄĚ must be a contradiction in terms, like ‚Äúmilitary intelligence‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúhonest politician.‚ÄĚ Well, that may be what the …

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Mar 18 2012

Compulsion in religion

By Davi Barker, M4L July 19, 2009   First a warning. Caveat Emptor. Buyer beware. Providing an exegesis of a Quranic verse is an ambitious task for a layman such as me, and I am unqualified. Everything right and true is from Allah, not from Al Azhar, not from Al Jazeera, not from Al Qaida, …

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Mar 18 2012

Anarchy And Islam

By Davi Barker, M4L January 11, 2012   I‚Äôve met muslims of every school of anarchist thought from anarcho-socialists to national-anarchists. Prominent among them are Hakim Bay‚Äôs ‚Äúontological anarchism‚ÄĚ and Yakoub Islam‚Äôs ‚Äúpost-colonial anarcho-pacifism‚ÄĚ but this is my story. Since about 2008 I‚Äôve used the username ‚ÄúTheMuslimAgorist‚ÄĚ on various message boards and social networking sites. …

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Mar 18 2012

Is Libertarianism Compatible with Islam?

By Davi Barker, M4L May 17, 2011   I recently came across an article by Laurence M. Vance on Lew Rockwell.com titled ‚ÄúIs Libertarianism Compatible With Religion?” in which he reflected that he, a devout Christian, and Murray Rothbard, an agnostic Jew, would have gotten along because they shared a common enemy in the state. …

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