Michael Mumisa update July 22, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Islam, Media, Shari'ah.
I have e-mailed Michael Mumisa to ask for clarification of his views on homosexuality, after conflicting images were presented by a Radio 4 feature on one hand, and a small book he has written (plus a comment from someone who attended a seminar of his) on the other.
Two months have passed, and he has not responded.
However, we were contacted by Shazia Khan, the journalist who interviewed Mumisa and produced/presented the Radio 4 piece. She denies that she misrepresented him, and quotes from her most recent conversation with him, in which he says:
The mainstream position can’t claim to have the key to absolute truth on this issue. As someone who has been brought up in the mainstream, i think people can have legitimate questions to ask about whether it is a sin. It is an area that is debatable. It is not absolute that the Qur’an considers homosexuality to be a sin.
Compare this with his book‘s declaration that “Islam therefore considers homosexuality a great sin and a crime punishable by Islamic law.”
Maybe he thinks the Islamic stance is not based on the Qur’an? Go check my full article out, with the update at the end: