The Progressive Muslims Network-DC describes progressive Islam as follows:
We have been active in organizing forums, activities, and marches on issues such as war, social justice, Solidarity with Palestine, Kashmir and Progressive Islam.
The progressive movement focuses on God and the divine message of the Quran in our theology and struggle for social justice. Progressive, as defined by those who align themselves with the movement, is not progress within the context of a linear model of progress or reform, but is a political ideology that seeks social progress in the spheres of community, kinship, economics, and polity, and struggles against all forms of oppression.
Progressive Muslims stand in solidarity with the oppressed and disadvantaged of the world and maintain that Islam's emphasis on social justice and challenge to the status quo is an answer to the intersection of all forms of oppression.
Progressive Muslims distinguish progressivism from liberalism by maintaining that liberals seek to reform present structures of society in order to create social change, or as a means of preventing meaningful social change; however, progressives realize that the structures in themselves perpetuate injustice and, therefore, go beyond just reforming existing societal structures to creating new and more just ones.
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). -Surah 49:13