Gay Muslims

Honestly, I am gay [happy, sheesh] that the Muslim Ummah is finally seeming to attempt to address the issue of homosexuality. I personally know a couple of gay Muslims and they work and volunteer in our open MSA, but how many MSAs can claim that? Muslim or non-Muslim, such statical information should be alarming to anyone:

According to research conducted in the past two decades, sexual minority youth (gay, lesbian, and bisexual) exhibit more suicidal ideation than do their heterosexual peers. Estimated rates of suicidal ideation range from 50% to 70%, and actual suicide attempt rates range from 30% (Gibson, 1989) to 42% (D’Augelli & Hershberger, 1993), or three times that of heterosexual youth (D’Augelli & Hershberger, 1995; Rotheram-Borus, Reid, Rosario, Van Rossen, & Gillis, 1995). For racial minorities who are also gay or lesbian (Smith & Crawford, 1986), rates of suicidal activity are suspected to be even higher, and may reflect prejudice toward both sexual orientation and race. The youth in these studies were seeking assistance from community mental health centers or refuge at shelters, and they typically exhibit greater pathology than the mainstream gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth, an issue that may present a confound (Savin-Williams, 1990). (source)

So the next time you’re about to crack a “That’s so gay” at the cafe rethink who it might be affecting. Other non-profit organizations say as many as 3 in 4 suicides committed by sexually inclined minority youth.

Yasir Qadhi attempts to address the issue of homosexual urges here.

I humbly have several issues with the article which I had shared in the comment section of the entry.

While I admire the attempt to address this issue I have a few points of concern:

With all respect, I believe the author hypothesizing causations for homosexuality highly discredits him. There is no statical information or sound proof or correlation for these assumptions. It is simply a distraction. In addition, the author doesn’t seem to cite anything nor seem to have formal learning in such areas such as gender studies or social sciences, nor should he attempt to.

Another issue I have is that the author recommends getting married right away. Women are not disposable–they are human beings who deserved to be loved and in general have the inclination that when a marriage isn’t going right to blame themselves. If you are not attracted to your spouse whether male or female you could traumatize, and give them scars.

Also, homosexuality is a trial. The same way poverty, or the color of your skin can be a trial. Why was there no mention of fasting?

And for those interested in “healing” themselves, why was there no mention of different theories and counselings?

Why was there no mention of lesbianism, must females be disenfranchised even in Islamic online advice? [Females= 50% of the population!]

Also, in the mention of the title I was hoping that the author would talk about the adab dealing with homosexual peers in our diverse society.

May Allah swt forgive me if I seemed harsh or lacked adab while I listed these concerns [and yes, I have even more], but the internet also has it’s own commutative limitations.

And Allah (swt) Knows Best
Peace

Issues I have about this post is not even remotely particular to of itself but rather is applicable to attitudes, literature and Muslim culture to the ‘other’ in general.

Probably the best response to the question of homosexuality within the Islamic framework is encompassed in the video below. Enjoy:

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hoodlums and rebels at the MSA EZ conference make their mark

MSA’s National East Zone conference was this past weekend at UPENN, a very beautiful venue mashAllah.

MSA EZ 2009 at UPENN

MSA EZ 2009 at UPENN

Of particular hilarity and amusement was a distinct nude statue at the entrance. So prank and petty crime ensued.

AFTER: [sorry no before]

hoodlums & rebels plot

MSA EZ cape and flower

MSA EZ cape and flower makes it complete

petty crime

pranks & petty crime is so tasteful

Cover Girl

What a traditional rebel;

Designer Rabia Zargarpur is causing quite a stir in the Muslim and fashion worlds alike. As Sheila MacVicar reports, she is making modest and traditional clothing chic.

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Muslim Fashion

Rabia Zargarpur's line of Muslim/modest inclined fashion

You can read more about her here.

Muslim Mangas/Manhwas/Manhuas–Oh My!

How many of you out there have dreamed of converting that boy/Cristiano Ronaldo you have a crush on, running off together and marrying him?

Many I can guess. Well, now there’s manhwa about it.

Below you can see a part of the manhwa [note: you read from left to right–refresh if it doesn’t show up the first time]:

Want You: "I am Islam"

Want You: "I am Islam"

The Manhwa is titled “Want You”, a story about a girl, who since childhood has been in love with her cousin. Upon finding out Islam is alright with cousins getting married she states she follows Islam and continually declares she’s “Islam” [the author notes that the proper usage would be I am Muslim–not Islam] amongst her very religious Christian family of which her beloved is apart of.

Asia Alfasi, Muslim Manga Artist

Asia Alfasi, Muslim Manga Artist

For those of you who don’t know what a manhwa, it’s a Korean comic. You might be more familiar with the Japanese term, manga. In the case of China they call comics manhua.

If you are interested in reading the rest of this humorous manhwa you can read it here.

Speaking of manga there’s a hijabi Muslim manga artist called Asia Alfasi who won an international Manga and Anime competition for her manga character Monir; who is a feisty Arabian hero.

Other comics and graphic novels with Islamic elements, although not necessarily Islamic is: the Kuwaiti “The 99″; Palestine; and the famous graphic novel Persepolis.

There’s also a recently new online community called Muslim Manga.

Johnny Depp converts to Islam

Will Johnny Depp become the next Hamza Yusuf? They already look similar don't they?

Will Johnny Depp become the next Hamza Yusuf? They already look similar don't they?

While visiting Morocco Johnny Depp converted to Islam.

Personally I’ve always thought that Johnny Depp and Hamza Yusuf had an uncanny resemblance. I wonder if I’ll be able to tell the difference now at this year’s upcoming ISNA.

Don’t believe me? To read the full story click here.