A young Muslim girl – who is a Lesbian as well – shared some tweets which have become viral. She introduces herself as “Muslim, Feminist, Desi, Bi+, Disabled, Trans* (they/them), Writer, Speaker, @NUS_LGBT+ officer-elect, Mum to Kitty“.
Her tweets below show her confused state of mind and fight of one part of her identity with the other. She is a Muslim -whatever that means to her – and she is Lesbian – something she cannot do anything about. She is conflicted between Islamophobia and so-called “Homophobia”. She is concerned how LGBTs will exhibit Islamophobia and Muslims will exhibit “Homophobia”. And she decries both. These days it is a great virtue to appear to be “balanced” as opposed to being Honest!
Just for context, this is what Quran says:
“And (We sent) Lot when he said to his people: What! do you commit an indecency which any one in the world has not done before you? Most surely you come to males in lust besides females; nay you are an extravagant people. And the answer of his people was no other than that they said: Turn them out of your town, surely they are a people who seek to purify (themselves). So We delivered him and his followers, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind. And We rained upon them a rain; consider then what was the end of the guilty.”
This is what the Hadith says. Just for context, Abdullah ibn Abbas was one of the very close associates of Prophet Mohammad and his cousin as well. In fact, on his birth, Mohammad took his saliva and put on the infant’s tongue with the statement that they will always be very close. That close associate was the greatest scholar on Quran in his time. He is the one who shares what Mohammad actually thought of LGBTs.
Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.
Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet cursed effeminate men; those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, “Turn them out of your houses.” The Prophet turned out such-and-such man, and ‘Umar turned out such-and-such woman.
The punishment as per the Prophet – for LGBTs – is clearly death. Let us be clear about it – the guy who created Islam.. the very fountainhead of Islam very clearly enunciated the fate of LGBTs. Death!
So what Omar Mateen did was as much Islamic as Prophet Mohammad is. Some Muslims, who want to sanitize Islam with a little more vigor than others – like Tarek Fatah, for example – dismiss the Hadiths but stick with Quran. Well, Allah wasn’t much different in his views from his messenger after all. He also wants the LGBTs to be punished!A Mind Seeped in Islam is a Loaded Gun #OrlandoShooting Click To Tweet
Admittedly, the hatred and the story of Lot/Lut is common to all Abrahamic faiths. But that doesn’t absolve Mohammad of adopting it and then enhancing it with the decree to kill. Does it?!
The truth is Abrahamic theology is heavily loaded against LGBTs. But in no other faith is the religion as much part of polity and world-view as in Islam. And, in no other faith are people so motivated to kill as in Islam. If you think that the Muslims who are FOR Sharia and hold extreme views against LGBTs are a “minority” then think again! Here is the Pew Report with extensive surveys from the Islamic world – The World’s Muslims Religion, Politics and Society. Here is a glimpse of the results. Majority of Muslims around the world are in agreement with their Prophet on