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Imam Backs Shariah Shock! October 22, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Media, Shari'ah.
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From an OutRage press release:

Killing gays is OK, says Muslim Imam

Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people
20 October 2006

Manchester’s leading Imam has confirmed that he thinks the execution of sexually active gay men is justified. Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.

Dr Casson said: “I asked him if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law, or the result of culture, not religion. He told me that in a true Islamic state, such punishments were part of Islam: if the person had had a trial, at which four witnesses testified that they had seen the actual homosexual acts.”

“I asked him what would be the British Muslim view? He repeated that in an Islamic state these punishments were justified. They might result in the deaths of thousands but if this deterred millions from having sex, and spreading disease, then it was worthwhile to protect the wider community.”

“I checked again that this was not a matter of tradition, culture or local prejudice. ‘No,’ he said, ‘It is part of the central tenets of Islam: that sex outside marriage is forbidden; this is stated in the Koran and the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had stated that these punishments were due to such behaviours.'”

“He told me that no Muslim would have spoken to him as I had done – they would have been too afraid, ashamed or inhibited: he admired my courage and openness.”

Commenting on Imam Arshad Misbahi’s views, Dr John Casson said:

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Open letter to the Pope October 17, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Uncategorized.
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Much has been said and written about the Pope’s speech and “apology” a while back, but as it is irrelevant to this blog I haven’t written about it. But I just want to share with you this document I was forwarded, an open letter signed by 38 eminent Muslim scholars.

Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (PDF)

They address him in terms of facts and reason, and the list of signatories is itself diverse and impressive. Refer to previous posts about scholarship!

In the name of Satan October 9, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Proggies.
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Still on their quest for a Queer Muslim Reformation, the makers of In the Name of Allah are inviting you to a club in San Francisco for “Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, 12-minute preview of the film, and Q&A with director Parvez Sharma and producer Sandi DuBowski (director of Trembling Before G-D) .”

In the name of Satan

Afdhere Jama urges Muslims to go along between 6-8pm: “I’m a personal friend of the director, and would really appreciate your support on this. And I thank you in advance for whatever you can do to support this good cause.”

Above is a screenshot from the venue’s website – there’s a wide variety of drinks to break your fast with. Maghrib that day in San Fran is 6.31pm, boys. I wonder if they have a prayer room at Supperclub..?

It’s Ramadan October 2, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Islam, Religion.
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Well I have been quiet lately! Put it down to a keenness to benefit from the blessings of Ramadan, a time of growth and purification for everyone who aspires to be a true servant and worshipper of Allah, and Him Alone.

May this month bring every joy and success to every Muslim and help us all to realise where we are going wrong, and to set ourselves aright. Your comments and reflections are welcome.

Since the “28 year old Christian female” of Disputed Mutability has posted such a nice link to our blog, I thought I’d return the favour and link to her, especially this post where I posed a question about “ex-gay” ministries and got an interesting response.