Muslim Collective is a dynamic Australian faith-based community for progressive thought and social action. We are a diverse and inclusive group that supports and encourages dialogue about the real issues of our time.
Islam is traditionally progressive. Islam broke early ground on women’s rights, worker’s rights, animal rights, environmentalism, inter-ethnic relationships, international relations and science. However, like all the major religions, Islam has struggled to adapt to the frenetic changes of the 20th century world and fundamentalism has emerged as a maladaptive response to modernity.
Fundamentalism directly opposes the traditional progressiveness of Islam. Fundamentalism looks to the past as a place for us to return. For fundamentalists, tradition is valued as the literal embodiment of a prehistoric ideal that is under existential threat from the excesses of modernity.
Muslim Collective also looks to the past, but for our community the past and tradition are a source of knowledge and inspiration to march the lofty ideals of Islam forward. We embrace the past and the future, not with fear but with hope and anticipation.
We come together as fellow humans, as Australians and as Muslims because we believe that it is the duty of each of us to contribute to making this world a better place. We strive for critical reflection and growth in our personal spiritual journeys, and within our communities.
We are dedicated to creating a vibrant, respectful space for Muslims who want to talk openly and honestly about their Islam- their beliefs, questions and ponderings- without fear of exclusion or judgement. We want to bring together Muslims and friends who share progressive values and are committed to improving society by engaging in issues on human rights, social justice and the environment.