The Claremont Main Road Mosque has an amazingly open-minded approach to LGBT and Islam.
During its recent Khutbah – a traditional Islamic sermon – the Mosque discussed homophobia in light of the Orlando shootings in June.
The talk was titled: ‘Confronting Homophobia in Our Communities’
‘Eid al-Fitr [the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan] is truly a day of great joy and celebration, but it is also a day of reflection and introspection.
‘Corresponding to the beginning of the 7th fasting day of Ramadan, an American citizen of Afghan descent, Omar Mateen, went on a shooting rampage at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.
‘This barbaric act resulted in 49 people killed and more than 50 maimed.
‘Mateen reportedly claimed allegiance to the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).’
Imam Shaheed Gamieldien delivered the sermon. He said: ‘Homophobia is not exclusive to any religious or ethnic group. There are homophobic Jews, homophobic Christians, homophobic Hindus, homophobic Muslims, homophobic atheists, homophobic whites and homophobic blacks.
‘So, this is not a Muslim problem, but it would be disingenuous to claim it is not also a Muslim problem.
‘If we are true in our commitment to compassionate justice, then we must recognize that homophobia, like Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism and sectarianism are all systems of oppression based on unjust prejudice and discrimination.’
The statement is a beautiful reminder of the focus on building communities in most religions.
One the Mosque’s followers commented: ‘This is a great time to be alive and to be Muslim. I’m so overwhelmed with emotion, I cant even really comment.’
Gamieldien quotes the Koran in his speech: ‘We have honored (all) the children of Adam with innate dignity (Q17:70).
‘Based on this Qur’anic verse and core Islamic principle, it is crystal clear that each human life is considered sacred,’ he says.
‘The starting point has to be for us to re-affirm the humanity of all people, no matter our own personal beliefs and views about sexual identities and orientations.’
Read the longer post on the Mosque’s Facebook page.
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