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Irshad Manji had a great fall September 11, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Uncategorized.
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What with all these recent mentions of our favourite lesbian refusenik, I just couldn’t help but give in to popular demand and post this classic footage. Watch her in the bottom-right corner: you may need to play it over a few times…

 

Don’t laugh… tsk tsk, now that’s not nice.

UPDATE: Now also on Google Video.

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Gay Pride “Honours” for Manji & Khaki September 10, 2006

Posted by Taleb Haqq in Homosexualists, Proggies, Queer Muslims.
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If you haven’t been following this year’s Toronto Gay Pride coverage, here’s what you missed: Award Honourees Announced.

El-Farouk Khaki was honoured for

Spirituality: El-Farouk Khaki, lawyer and human rights activist, El-Farouk is the founder of Salaam Canada and the local Salaam Toronto chapter. Salaam is a Muslim Identified Queer Advocacy and Support Organization, providing support, resources and lobbying on behalf of their membership for greater tolerance and inclusiveness in the Islamic community.”

So now Salaam is for “inclusiveness in the Islamic community…” but they won’t do this by debating the mainstream Muslims (see my previous post on Salaam Canada and the El-Farouk Effect).

Anyway, the real treat is what Irshad Manji got honoured for:

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Whitaker on “native misinformants” September 10, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Proggies.
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Quite some time ago, I promised a response to Brian Whitaker’s article asking: What’s wrong with being gay and Muslim? Well, I’ve shelved the idea of responding to that, as it would be better to respond to what he’s written in his book, once I get round to it! See here and here for relevant previous posts.

The article gives a taster of the arguments found in the book – arguments that are apparently based upon the work of Scott Kugle (which I’ll have to refute before Whitaker’s, therefore). In fact, Whitaker doesn’t so much indulge in the scriptural reinterpretation in the article, but just gives the case for doing this, and moving with the times.

Note the way in which he frames the question in terms of identities (“being Muslim and gay”), making it difficult to provide an answer based on juristic principles. There is nothing wrong with being anything, simply, as Islam describes sin as an act of doing, not a state of being. Whitaker realises this, but I feel his use of the concept is highly misleading. His subtitle says: “The Qur’anic verses usually cited as condemning homosexuality are by no means as clear or unequivocal as people imagine.”

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My attention was caught by a later article by Brian, a cutting overview of the “native misinformants”, chiefly represented by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji. I’m left a little confused, in that Brian is going on about reform of Islam’s attitude to homosexuality, without noticing the overlap between all these figures, and the implications of the Queer Muslim Reformation.

It so happens that both the women he castigates have taken homosexuality as important planks in their anti-Islam campaigns (though Manji’s is supposedly from “within”). I posted here before about the endorsement given by Al-Fatiha founder Faisal Alam to Ayaan’s Submission movie – and that was the first one, not the forthcoming one about gays. Meanwhile, Brian Whitaker links to Al-Fatiha, and I wonder if he has any criticisms of their role as “reformers”.

Another chap going on a lot about the “civil war” in Islam and how reformation is going on right now, is Reza Aslan, author of No god but God. In an article on the proggies’ central site, a young lady tells of how her interest in Islam was piqued by how “very very good-looking” Aslan is. He later tells her:

[Y]ou must be careful, because there are lots of crazies out there and they all have their ‘authoritative’ views on what Islam is and what it is not; what it allows and what it doesn’t. Don’t listen to any of it… Islam is what you consider it to be… I have countless gay Muslim friends and encourage you to contact my very good friend Faisal who is the head of al-Fatiha organization…

Whether “scholars” like Kugle and Aslan, or “activists” like Manji and Ayaan, these are players in the same insidious game.

Jakarta Post editorial September 5, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Proggies, Responses.
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This Indonesian paper recently ran a piece by Farid Muttaqin, who “graduated from State Islamic University, Jakarta, in Islamic Philosophy and Theology and is a student at Ohio University Athens, the U.S.” You can read it via this link:

Changes needed to Islamic view on homosexuality

It’s nothing new, but a couple of points in response are worthy.

It is important to begin any discussion on homosexuality in Islam with a look at how some hegemonic cultures and traditions before Islam influenced Islamic teachings. Greek Hellenism and ancient Arabic society were two important groups that supported a type of Islamic law on homosexuality.

Amazingly, his article is completely devoid of any reference to Qur’an or Sunnah. The only data he draws on are experiences alleged within Muslim societies. Look Farid, if you’re suggesting that Islamic teachings are man-made, why bother advocating “changes” to this man-made Islam? Why not just abandon the “religion” altogether? That’s something that always perplexes me about “progressives”.

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Mumisa frets about literalism September 4, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Proggies, Responses, Shari'ah.
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Michael Mumisa, who still hasn’t seen fit to respond to our questions on his views about homosexuality, has just had an article published criticising Shariah TV, which I shared some of my own thoughts on a while back. I think he’s rather taken the whole thing a bit too seriously:

Michael Mumisa: How young muslims are being led astray (The Independent)

By promoting a discussion based on halal (allowed) and haram (prohibited) answers, punctuated by Koranic verses, Shariah TV has become just another fatwa machine. The debate on Islam in Britain should shift from an obsession with simple black-and-white answers to a radical re-think of the method and approach adopted in producing the answers.

The only fellow “Muslim theologian” Mumisa makes mention of here is Professor Mona Siddiqui, director of the Centre for the Study of Islam at the University of Glasgow. Taking a look around, something interesting starts to emerge.

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Beware the fire… September 2, 2006

Posted by Mujahid Mustaqim in Media, Religion.
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I agree with the archbishop: Church supports gay-snub firemen

The nine firefighters are based at Cowcaddens and were asked to distribute community safety advice to people attending the Pride Scotia festival in George Square on 24 June.

A fire service spokesman earlier said the firefighters’ refusal was a “fundamental breach of their core responsibilities”.

“Firefighters cannot, and will not, pick and choose to whom they offer fire safety advice.”

Yes, but should they be punished for not accepting the discomfort of this specific occasion? I believe not. After all, there is nothing to indicate that the men would not give advice in other times and places to people who happen to identify as homosexual.