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    Entries in Islam (3)

    Wednesday
    Dec052012

    ‘Europe’s First Gay-Friendly Mosque’ Sparks Controversy

    By Ben McPartland, France24.com - December 5, 2012

    The opening of what has been dubbed Europe’s first gay-friendly mosque in Paris has been condemned by some of the city’s Muslim leaders for going “against the spirit of Islam”.

    The new “mosque”, which opened on Friday in a small room inside the house of a Buddhist monk, has smashed a taboo in Islam by welcoming transgender and transsexual Muslims.

    But the prayer room located in the eastern suburbs of Paris is not supported by any formal Muslim institution and many imams in France oppose it. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Nov152012

    LGBT Post: Queering the Qur’an

    By Michael Muhammad Knight, Bikyamasr - November 15, 2012

    From Vice.com:

    Not a week of my life goes by without me receiving a message from either a gay Muslim seeking reconciliation between faith, heart, and body, or a gay non-Muslim who is considering converting to Islam, but wonders whether Islam can ever allow a place for him or her. There are a few approaches that one could take to answer these questions, and I’m not really qualified to employ any of them, but here we go. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Benson Kua

     

    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