A duty for scholars July 18, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Proggies, Queer Muslims, Shari'ah.
A commenter on this article said:
It may be the case that most of the scholars condemn homosexual practice as a sin. Not all of them do. I refer to Siraj Kugle’s work (available in the book “Progressive Muslims”. Don’t let the name put you off.) I would humbly suggest that just as we need female Muslim scholars to provide a female perspective on things, so we need scholars to discourse with gay Muslim intellectuals to identify whether all of the arguments surrounding Islam/homosexuality have been covered. My personal view is that they haven’t. And that does render their opinions on that basis alone susceptible to criticism as not having considered all angles.
Even if ultimately, practising homosexuality is haraam (and gay people don’t just sodomise one another), then the scholars need to provide practical solutions to living such as how to/whether to marry, how to live day by day, how to manage desire. I’ll restate that the methods need to be practical. To suggest fasting every day for the rest of ones life is completely unpractical for example. The net effect of that, incidentally, is no food and no sex (no partner?) for 50 – 70 years. Could things get any worse?