Gay "Mosque" to open in Paris

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    Brother Ershad forwarded me with this news by email, just thought of sharing it with you guys.


    May Allah protect us from such sickness:

    Gay Mosque to Open in Paris
    By DRAGANA JOVANOVIC | ABC News – Tue, Nov 27, 2012

    Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is braced for controversy, maybe even worse. A gay Muslim and an expert on the Koran, Zahed plans to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris at the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship.

    "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," Zahed told ABC News. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives hope back to many believers in my community."

    "Common prayer, practiced in an egalitarian setting and without any form of gender-based discrimination, is one of the pillars supporting the proposed reforms of our progressive representation of Islam," he said.
    "The Unity" mosque will initially operate in a Buddhist temple in a neighborhood in eastern Paris, and will emphasize "accepting everyone as equally God's creation....I hope straight men will pray together with gay men and women, everyone," said Zahed who declines to make public the address of the venue, due to security concerns.

    Zahed's mosque will honor some Islamic traditions, like Friday prayers (Jumu'ah), and the Muslim marriage contract (Nikah) to bless same-sex marriage. It will also perform funeral rites (Janazah) for those who have been denied a traditional Islamic funeral based on Sharia law because of their sexual orientation.

    "It is a safe place to worship," said Zahed, where no religious questions will go unaddressed. "Our imams will talk on any taboo topic." Zahed will be one of three prayer leaders, along with a female French convert to Islam and another man who is being trained.

    "Current Islamic ethics may condemn this sexual orientation," Zahed said, "but in fact nothing in Islam or the Koran forbids homosexuality. Indeed, for centuries, Muslims did not consider homosexuality to be the supreme abomination that they do today."

    According to Zahed, renowned Muslim poets wrote odes glorifying handsome boys. Some were interpreted as metaphors for loving God, but some also seem to reference gay intimate relations. Zahed argues that homosexuality became criminalized only under European colonialism.

    "From the 10th to the 14th century, Muslim society used to be a far richer mix of the legal, the rational and the mystic," said Zahed. "They looked at sexuality
    as one aspect of life's many possibilities, and they saw in it the hope for spiritual insight."

    "Even if this mosque is newfound freedom," said Nasser, an openly-gay Parisian, "gays will remain in a closet, worried about being ostracized at their local schwarma stand."
    While it would be the first gay mosque in Paris, there are believed to be 21 other gay mosques sprinkled through the U.S., Canada and South Africa.

    In countries where traditional Islam is dominant, like Egypt and Iran, punishment against homosexual activity, not to mention advocacy for gay rights, is very severe.

    Zahed's Parisian mosque will be inspired by the work of Muslims for Progressive Values in North America, who practice common prayer, in an egalitarian setting and without any form of gender-based discrimination.

    "We are already working very closely with them. The idea for our Paris mosque comes as a result of our conversations," says Zahed, whose future plans include "a progressive mosque in the UK and then another one in Denmark will follow."

    Zahed believes, if the Prophet Mohamad was alive today, he would marry gay couples. He himself is the first gay man to marry partner in a Muslim ceremony in France. He is an Algerian PhD student writing his thesis on Islam and homosexuality, a subject he also addressed in a book "The Koran and the Flesh."

    He has experienced anti-gay discrimination from Islamic groups, and Islamophobia from members of the French gay community.
    Meanwhile there is a lot of controversy in France regarding both same-sex marriages and Islamic influence and practices. Ten days ago, tens of thousands protesters took to the streets against government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage, while several weeks ago, right wing protesters stormed an unfinished mosque to show disapproval of France's large community of Muslim immigrants.

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    Eeeeks....Pathetic.o_O

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    “La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa Billah”

    Indeed this is disgusting and sick

    Ya Rabb guide these people to the right path.Ameen!
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    Stop reading at the very first sentence.

    What is happeneing in our faith today?.

    Soon they will allow beastiality & incest.

    Am i shocked though? no.
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    Untrue. We all know that homosexuality is not a slippery slope to bestiality and incest. Homosexuality has been in the public eye since 1950's. If that were true, we'd be at legalizing bestiality and incest already.

    And whether you like it or not, when you meet with homosexuals you need to treat them like your brother or sister in Islam. Even though they are gay, you dont know the kind of turmoil they are facing internally and its best to meet them with peace, not hostility.
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    As-salaamu alaikum

    This is nothing but a sign of Qiyamah...
    Ya ALLAH take us away only if u pleased with us, Who will we ask except you...

    Laa hawla walaa quwwata illaa biLLAH.

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    You would know that some states in the USA allow Bestaility and its also allowed in the Military,however i agree homosexuality would not lead to those acts unless the particiapant is looking at sexual gratifivation on another level.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/senate-approves-bill-legalizes-sodomy-and-bestiality-us-military
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    :salam2:

    Positively sick and revolting, but not surprising. It's just another sign of the Last Day: Masjids will be filled with people but not a single one of them will be a believer. We're slowly inching our way to that. Subhan'Allah. Remember Allah (SWT) and insha'Allah we won't find ourselves in these circumstances.

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    nauthu billah. Seems like Bid'ah to me. I wonder how much is to do with the guy's own desire to be an imam.

    I *think* I would go in if I needed to make salah on time, but I doubt I would join for jamaa.

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    Isn't Al Qur'an clear on what Allah (swt) thinks of openly homosexual people, immodest women and innnovation in religion?
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    Yes it is. But that doesn't stop people from trying to create loopholes. The Quran mentions such people and states that they would try to interpret the Laws of Allah according to their own desires.

    If anyone could post the ayah for me, I'd appreciate it. Kind of difficult for me to do so right now.
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    Salam aleykum

    Also Sheytan is taking the chance to make their deeds beautiful, see the words used to present this mosque: egalitarian, free, friendly, open, non discrimination... As in oposition to the normal masjids that is ?

    No man is without sin and i hope gay or not,everyone is welcomed to pray in mosque but this attitude is disturbing, i noticed homosexuals are determinated to convince people they are of a better character than the rest of us...

    May Allah guide us.
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    yes sister it does, it explains clear, but people follow desire, they have sick soul, may Allah protect us, our muslim ummah

    as for them, may Allah guide them or remove them from earth, they are the most filthy people amongs other filthy things
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    really horrible and sick..

    May Allah help the Ummah
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    Assalamo alaikum warahmatullah

    Is homosexuality due to choice or genetic makeup(as some people claim) of a person?...That is an important question & it is still under investigation.

    Whatever it may be, we all know breaking natural barriers set by Almighty Allah will be hazadous to humankind.

    Read this article, it mentions some of the health risks in homosexual men

    http://factsaboutyouth.com/posts/male-homosexual-behavior/
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    :salam2:

    Actually, even psychologists in the US listed homosexuality as a "mental disorder" prior to the 1960s. Then the openness of culture made people accept that it was a born trait.

    And if it was a born trait, Allah would not have been so against homosexuals. The entire city of Lut alayhis salaam was destroyed due to them.
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    Interestingly several major psychological studies have pointed out higher rates of depression, sexual diseases, suicide and drug/alcohol use among homosexual communities. However the pro-homosexual lobby has ensured that such studies and their results remain buried.

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