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    Monday
    Nov072011

    Eid: Being LGBT and Muslim

    By El-Farouk Khaki, Huffington Post - November 7, 2011

    Eid in Arabic means feast or festivity. Muslims celebrate two religious Eids: Eid ul-Fitri is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is the more festive celebration after a month of abstinence and self-control; children receive money (Eidi) or presents and new clothes, so do some adults. Everyone will wear his or her finery.

    The Eid that we are celebrating now is the more somber festival and has multiple names including Eid al-Adha or Eid e-Qurban (both meaning Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid ul-Hajj (Festival of Hajj). [Read Full Story]

    Photo courtesy of mvpusa.org

    Monday
    Oct242011

    Battling for gay rights, in Allah's name

    By Kari Huus, MSNBC.com - October 24, 2011

    Like other aspiring reformers before her, Ani Zonneveld takes positions that make her unpopular with her religion's spiritual leaders, in this case America's Islamic elders.

    Not only does she lead prayers — a task normally reserved for men — but she is an outspoken advocate for gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims. Later this year, she plans to officiate at the Islamic wedding of a lesbian couple, which is perfectly acceptable by her reading of the Quran. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Jim Seida, MSNBC.com

    Tuesday
    Oct112011

    Pink Crescents: Being Gay and Muslim

    By Amanda D. Quraishi, muslimahMERICAN.com - October 11, 2011

    During the past decade North America has seen an emergence of politically motivated Chicken Littles running around frantically warning of an imminent takeover by Muslims and their Sharia law.

    Insurgent Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, for example, famously said he wouldn’t allow any Muslim to serve in his Cabinet for fear of the foreign-sounding code of laws.

    Religious and political scholars as well as the Muslim mainstream have effectively repudiated such nonsense. The real story, however, lies with progressive Muslims who are using the protection of secular Western laws to actively reform centuries-old interpretations of their faith. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Sep192011

    Kenya: Muslim Clerics Furious Over Open Gay Website

    By Ahlul Bayt News Agency - September 19, 2011

    Muslim leaders are up in arms over calls by members of the lesbians, gay, bisexuals, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) community to have their human rights respected.

    The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said the gay community should be condemned and not respected because they go against the teachings of God. "We will not support or allow any activities of the gay community in the country because no religion is for it," said CIPK organizing secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by George Kikami

    Wednesday
    Sep072011

    Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges

    By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian - September 7, 2011

    Three Iranian men have been executed after being found guilty of charges related to homosexuality, according to a semi-official news agency.

    The men, only identified by their initials, were hanged on Sunday in the south-western city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province.

    "The three convicts were sentenced to death based on the articles 108 and 110 of Iran's Islamic penal code, for acts against the sharia law and bad deeds," the Isna agency quoted a judiciary official in Khuzestan as saying. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Vahid Salemi, AP