Greetings. I am a man of science and a fighter for equality. Being a lover of history, it didn't take me long to see the wonders Islam brought to a dark time for humanity. Islam strongly believed in not allowing faith to interfere with scientific progress, and that all are equal. From my intense studies recently, I've realized that in many regions such philosophy has been erased and replaced with fundamentalism. Sexism, homophobia, and hatred toward other religions has become a common trait of Muslims. I find this religion beautiful and the culture it came from intriguing. Though a huge skeptic, I think Islam has the potential to become a progressive and accepting religion. So, my question is: As a fighter for gay rights (I myself am not gay), women's rights, and peace between all people no matter what - would you accept me as a fellow Muslim?
The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by sadie Aug 04 '13 at 05:14
@Locke: First of all let me apologize to you and other members for veering off the actual question and turning it to a discussion rather than a question/answer format. If you wish, you are most welcome to continue this conversation at the COMMUNITY site of islam.com.
But I would certainly like to summarize my views in this post for one last time. (Once again apologies for this long post)
@Locke said, and I answer some of his views....
But then, there are details of several other historical events (including events that may be just a few hundred years old) that cannot be proven/described neither by current technology nor by historical writings, at all..
In which case, I wish you luck in finding those answers within your lifetime. May Allah(swt) guide you in your quest!
I am sorry, but, I can only quote you the Quran in this regard..
“Verily We have revealed the Book to thee in Truth, for (instructing) mankind. He, then, that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own soul. Nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.” Al-Quran (Chapter 39, Verse 41)
Being gay at heart may not be THE problem, but acting upon gay desires does result in many physical and psychological problems, including, but not limited to, increased possibility of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), physical injuries to internal organs, to mention a few.
That maybe the case in our point of view, but no one can confirm that they escaped Allah's wrath except Allah Himself. (Afterlife.. judgement day.. remember??)
Surely, there is nothing wrong with being blind. And we do bring them into society with help from various quarters. I only suggest that, there are similar ways to help and accept gay people as normal. It maybe through marriage with the opposite sex, or leading a single life, or through medical counseling and so on, rather than screaming at them to straighten up their sexual orientation.
And I strongly oppose discriminating against any person just because of their birth characteristics. Gay or not, ALL HUMANS DESERVE TO BE TREATED EQUALLY.
And finally, to answer the question of @Locke:
I agree with @sadie and quote his answer,
Your first point is in a way correct, for yes there are contradicting stories due to lack of geological or archeological evidence and that of who's writing down what occurred. Though that only further proves my point. If we find a city that was destroyed and all the details add up, there's a great chance that the evidence will point to random weather or an earthquake. Thus, making deception from an ignorant and misplaced author another bump in the road for believers. This is the case, that holy texts through the mistakes of people can be dead wrong. Them saying that their word can never be doubted I think, is hypocritical and meaningless. I apologize deeply for saying such things, but it is my view on the matter. Also, I am sorry if at any time I've offended anyone. Okay, back on track. I am very pleased to see that you believe in equality for all! It is clear that you are a good person, and a person of progress and acceptance. Though, I must disagree with your ideas of homosexuality. My mother is a biologist, and my uncle is a distinguished doctor and lecturer; they agree that homosexual action by itself is not a cause for any psychological or physical problems. STI's (they're infections, not diseases - that terming was recently discarded because of recent discoveries) are usually caused by fluid exchange by genitals, and such occurrences are common for all sexual orientations. At times when not using a condom gay men are more endangered because sperm exchange would be hard to stop. I guess you are technically correct about not knowing what happens in the afterlife, but I think their successes and satisfying lives gives me the edge in the argument. It saddens me to see that will not accept me. :(
I am not sure if I've understood you correctly here, but if you are referring to the Quran, I must say that, its verses were NOT created by humans. The Quran clearly states that, it is the guiding message of Allah(swt), sent orally as bits and pieces of messages to prophet Mohammed(may peace be upon him), through the archangel Jibra'il (angel Gabriel). These messages were then orally but precisely recited by the prophet to his followers, who in turn recorded his EXACT words in whatever form possible (including precise memorization by just hearing it and practicing it over and over). It was during the time of the caliphates that such recorded pieces were restructured and grouped into a single book (but no verses were edited or ignored), that we now know as 'The Holy Quran'. (And as a historian, I hope u already know all this stuff, probably better than me ^_^ ) So as part of acceptance of Islamic faith, we Muslims have to, and by free-will, would always believe, that Allah's words cannot be doubted.
I thank you deeply for correcting the terminology (STI not STD) and enlightening me in this regard. And yes you are indeed correct, several STI spread even among people with a heterosexual orientation, but that possibility is significantly reduced through monogamous relationships ( And this can be entirely another topic unto itself).
But I simply want to say that, there are authentic hadiths (atleast in muslims' point of view) that forbid anal intercourse even between a lawfully married, monogamous husband and wife (even with a condom). So, obviously there is a solid reason behind this, which, sadly, I cannot explain to you with my limited medical/biological knowledge. (Maybe other Muslim brothers who are doctors can help me in this regard??)
Brother, there is no need to be sad that I, or any other Muslim or non-Muslim brothers do not accept you as a Muslim. The ultimate goal of humans and jinn alike is to submit to Allah and pass in His judgement as a person worthy of entry into paradise.
So, I sincerely advice you to be good, honest, kind and a lead life of patience. For Allah loves those qualities very much and it is His ultimate judgement to let you into paradise based on your actions and thoughts and more importantly faith.
And never give up your search for truth, nor hesitate to ask help and guidance from the Supreme Being that created us. Even if no one accepts you as a Muslim, remember.. humans' decisions are worth nothing at all, compared to that of Allah(swt).
You are correct to think you misunderstand me. I do not trust absolutes from the mere word of a human being, even if it be a supposedly memorized verse. So, it pains me to say it but that kind and smart man Muhammad (peace be upon him) could very well have made a mistake and/or those around him did. Also, there is the theological study of metaphor in the Quran itself and the prophets' own possible interpretation of Allah's message. I mean, according to Islam we humans already screwed everything up twice! Your welcome concerning the biological terming and of other things (I myself study evolutionary biology and as I said my family taught me much of all things related to biology). Anal sex can either be harmless or deadly harmful depending on what occurs down to detail, and once again the only case that can be made against homosexual intercourse in this manner is fluid transfer; though this can be easily solved through the use of a condom. Honestly, I think it's gross, but I'm not going to interfere with peoples lives simply because it appalls me. That's not fair, for it takes way people's freedom. I believe that most Muslim doctors who don't allow homosexual intercourse are either not willing to do further studying, or simply deny everything. (Shrug) Just another bump in the road. I'm an extremely confident individual, so ill be good.
@yaqin: Sorry I didn't notice your answer, my bad. I feel that much of your answers were already countered in my debate with mans_med, so this'll be brief. First, that's not how genetics works. Only small details and combinations of cellular structures get passed on indefinitely, that's why if someone has black hair and has a baby with someone who has blond hair the result will likely be brown. Also, this will not continue because of the new, random, and strong biological details being bombarded onto a fetus. Often enough what happens is that after many kids being born once or piled up through generations, the female body starts to become accustomed to the baby and try to make it like the female. The defenses of the female body continuously try make the boy assimilate female biological qualities. The exact opposite (lesbians) occur when the body rejects assimilation and makes the girl too late more like a male. Furthermore, as I've said: perfection is not a system of measurement or scaling by the scientific method, but that of personal or group interpretation. The factors of the measuring of perfection don't matter because it's all opinion that can't be proven to go in any absolute direction of thought.