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Due to the increasingly clear anti-Muslim actions of President Donald Trump's administration, Bayan Claremont with the support of its Board members, Faculty and Students made a bold decision to decline the federal assistance.
Bayan’s prospective “Flourishing Communities” capacity-building project is intended to equip promising but under-resourced organizations connected to various faith communities with professional skill sets, project management experience, and coaching in operations.
Under the leadership of its President, Jihad Turk, he is determined to position the University on the forefront of redefining the narrative for Islam not only outside of the Muslim Community but also within the Muslim Community as well. He is deeply committed to the School’s Vision, "A World That Understands Islamic Values in a Modern Context."
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Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School was established in 2011 as a division of the world-renowned Claremont School of Theology (CST) in Southern California. Bayan offers accredited Master’s degree programs in Islamic Studies & Leadership, Islamic Education, and Islamic Chaplaincy, designed to enhance the quality and quantity of religious leaders and professionals available to serve Muslim American communities and society at large.
The educational approach at Bayan is academic, non-dogmatic, and non-sectarian, and enables Muslims of diverse backgrounds to cultivate knowledge of Islamic intellectual and spiritual traditions in conjunction with coursework that enables them to enhance their communities’ involvement in interreligious and intra-faith relations, civic engagement, and community development.
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James asked a straightforward question before making a decision to donate - does the school denounce the killing of gays who refuse to bow to Allah? One board memember says he cannot speak for the entire school, but, he denounces the killing. The chair of the academic committee says she cannot answer James question disavowing "any interpretation of a Quranic verse. " Why not? James, good luck on your interviews.
pondering still Asifa... with two job interviews today. I hear you - and I pray to the plant on the street or the god above - you hear me....
James, All students are welcome at Bayan, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and so on. As an academic institution, Bayan doesn't issue doctrinal opinions or legal responsa (fatwas), so I can't answer your question about disavowing any particular interpretation of a particular Quranic verse. But I can say that it is a principle of academic instruction at Bayan that classes are geared toward critical thinking and active engagement with both classical and reform ideas in Islam, and students of all perspectives are welcome and encouraged to express their ideas without fear of harm from others at Bayan.
Go apply to attend James, you will not be turned away as it is an academic institution, that I personally find disappointing, but none the less you can attend. So in that vein you would be "included" and have legal protection.
Thank you Asifa. So to be crystal clear, and really quite simple, I understand you to be saying that you, and the staff at Bayan Claremont, support gay rights & support diversity with inclusion of gays and therefore disavow the action killings related to the interpretation of The Qur’an (4:16) which demands unspecified punishment for men guilty of lewdness together unless they repent? IMHO, as such Gays have no need to repent and may live their life's w/o interference, correct?
James - and as the Chair of Bayan's Academic Committee, I can confirm that those who select and organize Bayan's classes agree with Matthew's response below. I am very glad you asked, because this is something about which there is much misunderstanding (among Muslims as well as non-Muslims) to the detriment of all of us. I appreciate your reaching out for more information, and thank you for your interest. In peace, Asifa
James, as a board member of Bayan, I cannot speak for the whole school, but can certainly say from my research and learnings that killing anyone (of which gays would be in this group) who refuses to bow to Allah is antithetical to our teachings. Here is the verse of the Qur'an which asserts there is no compulsion in religion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Baqara_256
I will contribute provided that the school denouce the killing of Gays who refuse to bow to Allah. I am sure, as a school based in Los Angeles, with a vibrate gay social class, and rich heritage you will be okay with that support. Please, announce so here so we can all support the peacefulness of Islam. Thank you.