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Imaan complains January 23, 2006

Posted by Mujahid Mustaqim in Media, Responses, Shari'ah.


They’re not happy about the upcoming programme (which the rest of us have to wait for, until 8pm tonight, Channel 4). Their press release states:

Imaan wish to make it clear that its participation in the documentary was NOT made in partnership or consultation with the group – the largest and longest established LGBT Muslim group in the UK and Europe. Indeed Imaan tried very hard to obtain editorial input but Love Productions refused. Instead they appeared more interested, from the outset, in casting gay Muslims in a negative and inaccurate light.

Contrary to the angle of the documentary most of the LGBT Muslim community do not lead “tortuous, secret lives” but are happy balanced individuals who are supported by a growing LGBT Muslim community and increasingly by the wider gay AND Muslim communities in this country and abroad.

Yeah, whatever you say. Imaan also feature in a BBC Religion radio segment from last Sunday, which you can listen to here. There are various interviews, including with The Safra Project’s Tamsila Tauqir. A chap called Hannan misrepresents the Muslim community by claiming that they consider that “God is unforgiving of things like this and that God will not forgive you on the Day of Judgement.”

Actually, the mainstream (and correct) view is that homosexual acts are sinful, but God may forgive whatever He wills – but He has decreed that He will never forgive the association of partners with him (shirk) [see Q4:48]. But it’s wrong to simply declare that “God is forgiving” then do what is established as being contrary to His commandments. We don’t arrogate to make declarations about the Day of Judgement, but we know what is right and wrong in this life of ours – by referring to the revelation, i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Interestingly, the radio segment also features one Michael Mumisa of the Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham. He refers to an interpretation of the Qur’anic narrative on the People of Lut (peace be on him), namely that they were punished for “molesting someone’s guests”, i.e. the angels who had come to Sodom. What is so preposterous about this claim (apart from the idea that a lack of hospitality warranted the unique triple-destruction dealt to the Sodomites by God) is that the angels had been sent by God for punishment for their sins! See this passage from Surah Hud (11), especially after verse 77. What were the “abominations” (sayyi’aat) [v.78] that Lut’s people had been engaged in before rushing to the handsome angels? Why did the angels say to Abraham (peace be on him) before going to Sodom: “The decree of thy Lord hath gone forth: for them there cometh a penalty that cannot be turned back” [v.76]?

Not just that, but all these facile re-interpretations fail when you simply look to the clear-cut Qur’anic passages that mention just one sin, and give no possible list to choose from. Take the following as a sound example:

(We also sent) Lut: He said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.”

And his people gave no answer but this: they said, “Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!” But we saved him and his family, except his wife: she was of those who lagged behind. And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!

Q7:80-84, trans. Yusuf Ali

“No clear answer”, they say? Subhanallah.

The radio piece ends with Tauqir delivering another of those classic lines: “To force people to be something they’re not would be hypocritical as well, which is also condemned within the Qur’an.” No, self-reform according to the dictates of our Creator is not against the Qur’an. It is getting really irritating to see how these people paraphrase the Qur’an to back up their life decisions – yet their actions make it hard to believe they’ve studied it, or even give a damn what it says.


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