BBC World, “Heart and Soul” August 9, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Media, Queer Muslims, StraightWay.
[Sorry, no link to the programme just now. We’ll try and get one!]
However, the unprecedented thing in this programme is the inclusion of a voice (which is, unfortunately, very distorted by request) expressing a perspective just like what the StraightWay Foundation promote.
[“Aslam”] realised that he was attracted to boys when he was at primary school, but has chosen never to act on his feelings. He doesn’t define himself as “gay”; instead, he says he experiences same-sex attraction.
“According to some people’s definition, if they were to ask me certain questions and say, ‘Do you feel attracted to people of the same sex?’ – and if I said ‘Yes’, then they would say, ‘Well, that means you’re gay.’ People can make their own definition, but I don’t think it makes sense, and I don’t identify myself that way. Because if I said that, I would be saying, well that’s the way I’ve got to be, and I’ve got to live my life according to that. I don’t think I’ve got to live my life according to how I feel inside – I live my life according to what I think is right for me. And what I think is right for me is to stay within the limits of the religion.”
For Aslam, that means never engaging in same-sex relations.
“For a man to be with another man sexually is completely forbidden, so I decided from very early on to not go anywhere near that.” […]
Aslam believes his feelings do not define who he is. For him, Islam is the most important thing in his life.
“I’m choosing faith over anything else, in a sense. I’m choosing faith over my feelings, in a way. But I feel faith gives me much more than any other aspect of life. Why should I feel that I’m missing out, if I feel that I’m living the right path and I’m pleasing God?”
Bravo, brother! Beautiful.