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X-Men, Mutancy and Life’s Tests June 11, 2006

Posted by Taleb Haqq in Homosexualists, Media, Responses, StraightWay.

{Say:"Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?"} [Qur'an 18:103-4]

Robert Urban, a contributing writer with AfterElton.com, has decided to enlighten us by explaining the true meaning of the X-Men movie.  As you might have guessed, according to Urban, gays and lesbians are the new X-Men. He is not, of course, the first to make such a claim – people (especially gays) always make this comparison and will do their darndest to draw similarities between the characters in the movie and people who experience same-sex attractions (especially those who choose to live the lifestyle). One example that these people give is the story of IceMan when he "comes out" to his parents and tells them that he's a mutant. His mother asks him "Have you ever tried NOT being a mutant?"

There are some points that are completely miseed by these comparisons. The first such point is that "mutants" are born as such! Much as the homosexualists would love it to be so, the "gay gene" or the theory that people with SSA are born with them is not established. In Islam, we are taught that life is a test. For people with SSA, this is one of our tests that Allah has decreed, and the evaluation will be based on how we deal with this test. As is so beautifully mentioned by God in the Qur'an, in the final verses of Surat al-Baqarah:

{God does not place a burden over a soul more than it can handle; it is rewarded for what it has earned and put to account for what it has committed. Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or do wrong. Our Lord, do not place a burden on us like you did on those before us. Our Lord, do not place a burden on us more than we can bear. Pardon us, forgive us, and have mercy on us – You are our Protector, so help us against the rejecting folk.} [2:286]

There is a big lesson for us to learn from this.  God knows that we can handle this test, and it is up to us to pass this test or fail it!

Going back to the X-Men. Xavier's role is to help mutants to control their powers, whereas Magneto encourages them to use their powers because they are "superior". (Is the similarity of this to "Pride Week" amongst homosexualists noticed by anyone else??) We at the StraightWay Foundation encourage those who come to us to control their urges because acting upon them is a sin. Magneto's message of living proud and large is definitely not Islamic, as is pointed out by our Prophet (peace be upon him): that no one will enter heaven with an "ant's weight" (or atom's weight) of pride.

[Next paragraph contains spoiler…]

While we at StraightWay don't provide any sort of reparative therapy, in the third X-Men instalment, The Last Stand, the mutant Rogue ends up taking "the Cure" and ridding herself of her mutancy – and this is also advocated in the movie.

At the end of the day, for people who are suffering from SSA, remember that Allah is the Almighty, the Knower, the Sustainer, He is the one Who can help us and will help us insha'Allah. And for those who are still coming to their conclusions, we pray that God guides us and them to the best path and to His pleasure.



1. Muslim - June 15, 2006

Allah SWT did not create a disease/sickness/harm/dilemma without its cure. SubhanaAllah, how Merciful and Beautiful Allah is! Allah SWT says in the Noble Qur’an:
“We reveiled this qur’an as a cure and a mercy for the belivers”

2. talebhaqq - June 16, 2006

The Qur’an features many miracles and is most certainly the most thought provoking book and it challenges people to reflect and think about it. We need to be careful when we say something like it cures everthing because there are people that think that just by reading the Qur’an you will cure diseases. The verse is much deeper than this, it is about people who LIVE by the Qur’an and societies and people that abide by its teachings. SSA itself is, I believe, a societal problem more than anything else, and, as such, the community (Muslim and otherwise) needs to realize this and work on creating an environment where SSA no longer has a place flourish.

3. Duran - June 25, 2006

I’m just upset they killed Cyclops in the movie. I mean, WTF?

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