In 2014, MPV, in cooperation with the Qulliam Foundation and human rights lawyer, Tehmina Kazi, launched the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (AIM): a collective of progressive Muslims across all nationality, race and sectarian affiliation. The purpose of AIM is to consolidate the efforts of progressive Muslims and progressive Muslim organizations from around the world in order to counter radical, intolerant and supremacist attitudes and behaviours in Muslim communities. AIM seeks to challenge theological justifications for hate and supremacism with the progressive values that we feel to be inherent in Islam, namely:
- Human Rights for All – the equal worth of all human beings, regardless of religion, sectarianism, race, sex, gender, gender identification, ethnicity, nationality, creed, age, sexual orientation, or ability.
- Freedom of Expression – advocates for freedom of expression and freedom of dissent. No one should be legally prosecuted, imprisoned or detained for declaring or promoting unpopular opinions whether political, artistic, social or religious, even when said expression may be offensive or afore-mentioned dissent may be considered blasphemous.
- Freedom of/from Religion – to uphold the Qu’ranic mandate “let there be no compulsion in religion” (Q:2:256), that freedom of conscience is not only essential to all human societies, but integral to the Qu’ranic view of humanity.
This international alliance is committed to working together, for the betterment of our society. Whether as individuals or as organizations, we recognize that we can only effect positive change if we come together as a collective.
Those identified as Muslim and who share our values are invited to join AIM. Sign on and we will keep you informed on an international conference we are planning in 2016!