Imaan Gay.com feature February 8, 2007Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Media, Queer Muslims, Responses.
An interview with Farzana, chair of Imaan, appeared on Gay.com a few days ago. It is by Hassan Mirza (yep, him again) and includes a photo of Imaan at Europride. They’ve blurred the faces, but the one on the right is of course none other than Out-n-Proud Pav. At the bottom of the feature, this blog gets a mention! Here’s the link to read it, and of course it won’t escape my comments…
MIRZA: And there’s even more to say about the Gay Muslims, who to the casual observer may seem particularly self-hating – in light of violence-preaching Imams (some fanatic ones who preach the death of gays) displayed in popular British media.
Not many Imams “preach the death of gays”, because they don’t tend to talk on the issue at all. But ask any scholar, and almost certainly he’ll explain that homosexual acts are forbidden, and that Islamic law stipulates a punishment – according to the majority, it is death – for those proven guilty of the worst of these acts (sodomy), in the context of a state governed by that law and after due process.
A few might be less than clear on the detailed stipulations, and still fewer might be quite blunt and uncompassionate about the matter – but the opinion that homosexual sodomy is a capital crime in Islamic society is not a “fanatical” one, and those who explain this law should not be considered “fanatics” or condemned for “outrageous and dangerous expression of homophobia”.
What do you want them to say? You can hate this opinion if you wish. If you’re a Muslim, you should know that hating a clear law of our Lord is not a small matter. Denying it is worse. But let’s not pretend that it’s just irrational homophobia imposed by a few people on the Qur’an. This is the mainstream view, and always has been. Those who claim that it’s a modern “homophobic” view can only rely on poetry and random stories [e.g. see debate in comments section below this post].
MIRZA: While some Muslim leaders are quick to condemn homosexuality, this group has admirably stood defiant and stayed together, and deserve respect for managing to embrace a religion which publicly rejects them.
Islam does not reject anyone. Unless you want to complain also that Islam rejects atheists? The point is rather that Islam forbids homosexual behaviour. If these folks want to repent, we trust that Allah will forgive them everything in their past. And if they don’t repent, we still don’t deny that they can be Muslims. They don’t deserve respect for “managing” to be Muslim – they would deserve respect if they respected God’s laws.
Speaking of laws, Farzana ennumerated the Pillars of Islam, then added:
Note: there is nothing in the above that says you must be heterosexual to be a Muslim or that you need to be a terrorist. Strangely a lot of people are a bit confused about those points.
Very wry. But of course not all the laws of Islam are among the 5 Pillars. Those are only the principal acts of worship. There are other obligations. Beyond obligations, there are prohibitions. Slander and lying are haraam. Eating pork and drinking alcohol are haraam. Fornicating and committing sodomy are haraam. Not all of these are on the same level – but sexual sins are among the worst.
It seems that the spokepeople for the Gay Muslim Movement are woefully ignorant of their religion, even when they are not engaged in flagrant deceit. It might help if they would at least discuss their theories with people who could hold them up to the light.
FARZANA: We have made tentative steps to gauge the possibility of working with mainstream Muslim organisations through talking to various influential individuals. It’s not something that will happen over night but Inshallah (God Willing) it will happen.
Let me remind you of how Farzana threw our brother Mujahid’s offer of dialogue back in his face. That was nearly two years ago, so maybe their attitude has changed. Until they come to their senses, we just have to keep replying to interviews like this.
If you’re so ‘passionate about Islam’…
(commentary on interview with Imaan secretary Ubaid)
Shariah TV “keen” for gay couple
(scroll down for comments on Ubaid’s e-mail)