بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة و السلام على رسوله الكريم على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم
Right now the Muslim world is facing a number of crises. Firstly, that which comes from those outside of the fold of Islam and secondly that which comes from those within the fold of Islam.
Regarding the second crisis it is obvious that in this time Muslims in the west are face to face with an “American Islam.” A concoction of western liberalism with a splash of Muslim identity. Such a wretched innovation in our beautiful religion directs many western Muslims, especially the youth to:
Reject the way of the Salaf
Reject the scholars
Categorically reject the culture of Muslim countries (although some aspects of culture is categorically rejected)
Full embrace of “American” and “British” values.
Dismantle the foundational principles of the religion.
And from those foundational principles is that Islam directs the Muslim to lofty moral character and prohibits immoral actions. to this Allah has said regarding his Prophet:
“ِAnd verily you are of high moral character.”
And the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) himself said:
“I have been sent in order to complete lofty moral character.”
That being said, homosexuality is a major sin and a characteristic of those of lowly moral character. According to all religious texts it is an ungodly abomination and an affront to the natural disposition of human and animal species. Allah has said regarding this:
“And Lut when he said to his people do you commit an evil that no one else before has committed.Verily you approach men with desires other than women , rather you are a people who are an evil people.” [A’araf 80-81]
If we really reflected upon the Qur’an we would see the following:
- That this action of homosexuality is an evil.
- That it was unprecedented before the time of Lut.
- The fact that Lut informed them regarding this abomination.
- That they approached men rather than women which is contrary to how Allah has created mankind.
- That those who commit acts of homosexuality are a people who are evil.
Then comes Linda Sarsour, an American Muslim who is a political activist who said on her twitter feed:
“Opposition 2 gay marriage today is same as opposition 2 interracial marriage 50 years ago. Majority folks will get over it. #marriageequality.”
Gay marriage is a new phenomenon which hasn’t existed until modern times. Now, in the passage of the Qur’an there was clear disapproval of homosexual relationships outside the fold of marriage. Hence, it becomes even worse when such a reprehensible, abominable act becomes sanctified as a lawful relationship between two parties.
Secondly, gay marriage is not a case of marriage equality it is a case of western decadence, degeneration and immorality. Activism and fighting for the rights of human beings doesn’t mean that one should fight for that which is morally wrong.
Thirdly, gay marriage should never be equated to interracial marriage. Interracial marriage is the union of a man and a woman of dissimilar ethnic groups. Gay marriage involves an immoral union between two men of similar or dissimilar ethnic groups.
In the first case there was no moral justification to condemn interracial marriage except bigotry, conflated stereotypes and racism. In the case of the marriage of two men there is clear moral justification from scripture (such as the Qur’an) to condemn such a union.
And those who don’t know their history should be cognizant of the fact that although racist white America disapproved of racial mixing within marriage they were involved in a similar process during and after slavery outside the boundaries of marriage (many white men had black mistresses and fathered mulatto children). However, during the post-reconstruction period of American History the black man was characterized as a sexual predator whose aim was to hunt down white women and upon that irrational fear of the union between black men and white women interracial marriage was banned in many states.
Additionally, and I do indeed say additionally, where are these activists when it comes to real issues of discrimination in American society such as police brutality toward unarmed African Americans? It is a travesty that we who claim Islam can fight for an immoral, abominable cause and keep silent regarding a real human rights issue. Maybe such moral stances is based upon what is fashionable and not what is correct.
As Muslims we need to abandon willful ignorance and return to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the blessed Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Furthermore, we need to avoid liberalism under the cover of eloquent speech and Islamic identity.
Allah’s help is sought.