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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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 …

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Islam and Classical Liberalism: Are they Compatible?

From the Web Excerpt from: 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 …

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Does Islam Force Itself On Others?

From the Web 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 …

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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

From the Web 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 …

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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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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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Muhammad Ali Fought Against State and Religious Violence

By Ramy Osman August 2016   You don’t have to quote the Non-Aggression Principle to know that violence and aggression are wrong. It’s something that we’re taught from an early age – which is: be kind and considerate to others, and don’t be aggressive or violent. It’s called good manners, it’s called morality. 

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The perseverance of Muhammad Ali

By Ramy Osman June 2016 The below video is an excerpt from a Friday sermon given by Muslim libertarian, Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad on 6/9/2016. Dr Imad ad-Dean Ahmad is the founder and president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, the first Muslim libertarian think-tank. www.minaret.org

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Wanton Violence IS Not Islam

  From Around the Web Source: NEW ISLAMIC DIRECTIONS By Imam Zaid Shakir (NID) November 2015 One of the gravest consequences of the recent wave of terrorist atrocities attributed to the so-called Islamic State – the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai, the bombing of a marketplace in Beirut, and now the shootings …

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On Muslim Toleration

                        From Around the Web Source: http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2015/10/15/on-muslim-toleration By Hatem Bazian ( DAILY SABAH) October 15, 2015 In “A Letter Concerning Toleration” from exile in the Netherlands, John Locke articulated a truly liberal view concerning freedom of conscious that he hoped might help resolve Europe’s …

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Reflections of 9-11: A Journey From Hate to Hope

By: Adam Bates M4L Guest Contributor September 11, 2015 “Never Forget, Never Again.” 14 years ago I was sitting in my classroom in Oklahoma watching the coverage. We had been told (in typical public school fashion) that a plane had crashed in NYC, but that we were to continue classes and not turn on the …

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The Pledge of Allegiance and the Religion of the State

By Davi Barker Published on SF Muslim Examiner, March 12, 2012 An appellate court has rejected arguments that the pledge of allegiance violates the wall of separation between church and state. Judge Carlos Bea noted that schools do not require students to recite the pledge. Tell that to the 10-year-old Arkansas boy who was yelled …

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Announcing the Publication of “Voluntary Islam”

. Announcing the Publication of “Voluntary Islam” By Davi Barker February 15, 2013, published on SF Muslim Examiner It has been over a year in the making, but “Voluntary Islam and Other Essays” is finally set for publication on February 19th. Voluntary Islam is an anthology of my best articles in the 4 years I’ve …

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What does the Torah teach us about gun control and self-defense? (Part 1)

Perspectives: What does the Torah teach us about gun control and self-defense? (Part 1) By Sha’ul Newman  February, 2013 Gun control seems to be the “hot button” topic in the mainstream media as of late.  On one side, we have Obama and the Statists pushing to ban Americans from owning certain weapons, restricting the amount …

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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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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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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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Ninth-Century Muslim Anarchists

By Davi Barker Published on SF Muslim Examiner, July 30, 2011 I came accross an article titled “Ninth-Century Muslim Anarchists” 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’s behind a $30 pay wall, so …

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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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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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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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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’ll explain. But the strangest thing about being back …

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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’s future success …

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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 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 to represent …

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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’s 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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Maqasid Al Shariah and Natural Rights

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 “Islam and Liberty”. In it, he explores the historical roots of the “essential rights” (also known as the “natural rights of man”), and how they have striking similarities with maqasid al-shariah …

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