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New developments in the case of the *Safia Artist*

Posted by freedomsudan on April 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

04-09-2013 10:29 AM

تطورات جديدة في قضية فنان الصافية ..

 

أحال ممثل الدفاع الأستاذ علاء الدين دهب ملف الدعوى التي يواجه فيها الاتهام تسعة من المتهمين في قضية فنان الصافية إلى الاستئناف للمرة الثانية مطالباً فيه بفحص الدعوى وشطبها .

وتعود التفاصيل إلى أن القضية التي وقعت أحداثها بمنطقة الصافية عقب معلومات توافرت لدى مباحث القسم تفيد بأن هناك شقة تتم فيها ممارسات غير أخلاقية عندها تم وضع كمين محكم بقيادة العقيد شرطة يوسف مساعد تمت مداهمة الشقة والتي ضبط بها المتهمون الماثلين أمام محكمة النظام العام ببحري برئاسة مولانا أسامة جبريل عقدت جلساتها وتم سماع الشاكي والمتحري وشهود الاتهام وكما استجوبت المحكمة كافة المتهمين ووجهت لهم التهمة تحت المواد 154/155 من قانون النظام العام وعليه أحضرت أتيام المباحث عدد من المعروضات ممثلة في الدلكة والحناء وبعض العطور .

صحيفة الدار

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Source: http://www.alnilin.com/news-action-show-id-58963.htm

The lawyer of artist blows an amazing surprises

Posted by freedomsudan on April 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

مصدر: النيلين

GMT 11:21 2/4/2013

فجر الأستاذ علاء الدين دهب محامي الفنان الشاب الذي تم القبض عليه بتهمة ارتداء ملابس نسائية في شقة بالصافية مفاجآت من العيار الثقيل وأبرز مستندات تؤكد أن المتهم مطرب مسموح له بالغناء وسبق أن نال كورسات موسيقية على عكس ما قاله المسؤولون عن مجلس المهن الموسيقية والمسرحية .وقال دهب أن القضية الآن قيد التداول ولا يود الخوض في تفاصيلها حتى يقول القضاء كلمته ، ولكنه استغرب لتصريحات الأمين العام لمجلس المهن الموسيقية والمسرحية د. عبد القادر سالم الذي قال أن " فنان الصافية " لا علاقة له بالغناء ولم يحصل على الرخصة ، وأضاف دهب : إذ كان المطرب الشاب المتهم في القضية التي شغلت الرأي العام غير حاصل على رخصة فإنه حاصل على إذن لممارسة الغناء بشكل رسمي ويدفع الرسوم المقررة ، وأبرز احد الإيصالات التي سدد رسومها لمجلس المهن الموسيقية والمسرحية ، فكيف تدخل رسوم المغنيين الشباب خزينة المجلس ويتبرأ منهم في أوقات الشدة ويشكك في انتماءهم لأهل الفن ، وطالب المحامي مجلس المهن الموسيقية والمسرحية أن يدقق أكثر قبل أن يطلق قادته التصريحات . مشيراً إلي أن المطرب " حسن ....... " اجاز صوته وشهادة إجازة الصوت موجودة بحوزتهم كما انه حصل على كورس موسيقي لتأهيل نفسه بمركز شباب بحري .وعن القضية المثيرة للجدل التي خلخلت أوتاد المجتمع واتهم فيها المغني الشاب " حسن .... " بانه كان يرتدي ملابس نسائية .. قال دهب أن المتهم برئ حتى تثبت إدانته ، وتأكيد ما نسب إليه من تهم ، وانهم كقضاء واقف لا يمكن مهنياً أو أخلاقياً أن يتحدثوا عن تفاصيل قضية قبل النطق بالحكم ، ولكنه لاحظ أن المطرب الشاب تمت إدانته من قبل الرأي العام والصحافة وأئمة المساجد وكان موضوعاً لخطب الجمعة ومقالات الكتاب مع انه لم تتم إدانته بواسطة المحكمة

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Source: http://www.inewsarabia.com/431/%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A2%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B0%D9%87%D9%84%D8%A9.htm

Interesting developments in the case of * the Safia Singer*

Posted by Maha on March 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

03-25-2013

أصدرت محكمة بحري قرارا بإحالة ملف قضية مطرب الصافية من القاضي الذي كانت أمامه إلى قاضي آخر أوكلت إليه رسميامهمة الفصل في القضية المنظورة حاليا أمام المحكمة وعلمت المصادر أن القرار تم بناء على طلب " الإحالة " والتظلم الذي تقدم به محامي الدفاع لرئيس المحكمة مبررا فيه الأسباب الداعية لذلك ولم يتم البت بعد في طلب إستئناف الدفاع الآخر المقدم بشأن التهم الموجهة ضد المطرب وبقية المتهمين تحت المواد (155-154) من القانون الجنائي .

يذكر أن السلطات الأمنية ألقت القبض على مطرب الصافية مرتديا ملابس نسائية طبقا لإفادات الإتهام وبرفقته ثمانية آخرين في شقة المطرب بالصافية بناء على ورود معلومات تفيد بأن ممارسات غير إخلاقية تتم في شقة المطرب المعني وقامت النيابة بفتح بلاغات ضدهم وإحالة الملف للمحكمة التي عقدت مجموعة من الجلسات المغلقة لمحاكمتهم وأثارت القضية ردود فعل عنيفة في الإعلام ووسط شرائح المجتمع المختلفة ومن أهلالوسط الفني إستنكروا الحادثة وتبرأ مجلس المهن الموسيقية والمسرحية وإتحاد الفنانين من المطرب المتهم وقال إنه غير حاصل على رخصة لممارسة الفن .

صحيفة فنون

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Source: http://www.alnilin.com/news-action-show-id-57969.htm

Dubai police entraps and charges men with male prostitution

Posted by freedomsudan on March 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Emirates men stand accused of working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam police procedures

 

18 March 2013 | By Dan Littauer

 

Emirates men stand accused of working as male prostitutes, local rights group slam Dubai police procedures

 

 

Two men have been entrapped and accused of working together to offer and solicit gay sex for money.

 

A Dubai court heard yesterday (17 March) that the two were caught in a ‘sting operation’ after police found one of the defendants offering sexual services on the social networking site Whoshere, with a profile nicknamed ‘Mayoud Al Barari’.

 

Prosecutors also accused the 22 year-old man, mentioned by his initials A.S. of breaching 'public modesty' by publishing profile photos 'wearing women’s undergarment and in full make up', reported the daily GulfNews.

 

He was also charged with 'inciting others to commit a sin' by offering to dance for men.

 

A police informant posed as a customer paying for the services of A.S. and a hotel room

 

The police, who waited outside the hotel lobby, then busted the room and arrested A.S. naked and his 30 year-old accomplice, nicknamed A.H., half naked preparing himself to dance.

 

Emirates 24/7 reported that A.H. admitted only to ‘dancing, but later confessed to offering sex as well’.

 

The two already had previous convictions and failed to appear in the court’s session.

 

The court will issue its sentence on 31 March.

 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a special police cyber-unit that tracks cyberspace and has previously entrapped gay men posting profiles on social-networking sites.

 

Last week a Filipino man was sentenced for one year imprisonment for male prostitution after an officer from the unit tracked and entrapped him.

 

Speaking with GSN, members of the country’s gay rights group, UAE LGBT, criticized the police’s practice and challenged the UAE to uphold human rights conventions.

 

‘Is this where government resources and Dubai police funding goes to?’, asked Abdulla, the chair of the group.

 

‘If this was truly a prostitution sting, why not focus on the rampant human trafficking rings involving many at risk and vulnerable women, in the UAE.

 

‘There is nothing honorable about posing as someone, luring them to a hotel and offering them cash, only to be arrested.

 

‘The operation is unethical and puts the men in grave danger.

 

‘There should be a public inquiry about Dubai police’s actions that do not reflect well on our country.

 

‘Only four months ago the UAE was elected to join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

 

‘Is that how they honor their commitment?’

 

Nasira, director of the group said: ‘Last year alone police prosecuted individuals for forcing women into prostitution.

 

‘I fail to see the difference between those suspects and the authority here.

 

‘Workers from many developing countries often cannot afford the basic living requirements which so many of us take for granted and with families to feed back in their home countries the promise of easy money would be welcomed by many of us in the same situation.

 

‘Whilst the conduct of the individual is morally questionable by some, entrapping an individual in such a police sting is morally repugnant.

 

‘Obvious attempts at targeting LGBT people had not gone unnoticed by our group and others.

 

‘It is time the international community, particularly the UNHRC, holds the UAE accountable.

 

‘Intolerance and oppression will not be permitted and we will no longer turn a blind eye to such abuses with a hand full of money behind their backs’.

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Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dubai-police-entraps-and-charges-men-male-prostitution180313

Charge practice and running a place for prostitution against the artist and 8 others

Posted by freedomsudan on March 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

نشر في الوطن يوم 06 - 03 - 2013

وجهت محكمة النظام العام برئاسة القاضي أسامة جبريل، تهمة تحت المواد 154/155 والمتعلقة بممارسة الدعارة وإدارة محل للدعارة، في مواجهة فنان بحري، فيما وجهت المحكمة تهمة تحت المادة 154 لبقية المتهمين ال8.

وقال القاضي لدى توجيهه التهمة إن المتهمين تواجدوا في محل يحتمل أن يتم فيه ممارسة أفعال جنسية ويقصد بمحل الدعارة، أي مكان معد لاجتماع رجال أو نساء أو رجال ونساء لا تقوم بينهم علاقات زوجية أو صلات قربى وفي ظروف يرجح فيها حدوث ممارسات جنسية.

ووجهت المحكمة تهمة إدارة محل للدعارة للمتهم الثاني«الفنان» وهو مستأجر الشقة التي تم ضبط المتهمين بها، حيث تنص المادة على أنه من يقوم بإدارة محل للدعارة أو يؤجر محلا أو يسمح باستخدامه وهو يعلم أنه سيتخذ محلا للدعارة.

هذا وقد جاء رد المتهمين بواسطة ممثل الدفاع بأنهم غير مذنبين وإن لديهم شهود دفاع، فحددت المحكمة جلسة لسماع أقوال الشهود .

يذكر أن معلومات توفرت لديهم من قبل المباحث عن وجود شقة بمنطقة الصافية تخص فنان معروف يتردد عليها بعض الشباب ويخرجون للشارع العام بملابس تثير غضب الجيران، وبعد إصدار أمر النيابة تمت مداهمة الشقة بواسطة رئيس قسم شرطة الصافية، وتم القبض علي الفنان و8 آخرين.

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Source: http://www.sudaress.com/alwatan/34124

Public Order Court today in the issue of 'artist'

Posted by freedomsudan on March 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

الخرطوم:عزالدين أرباب: تنظر محكمة النظام العام فى بحرى صباح اليوم عما اذا كانت قضية «الفنان» ورفاقه الثمانية الموقوفين فى شقة ببحرى قبل شهر تستحق توجيه الاتهام ام الشطب.

ورفضت محكمة النظام العام ببحرى فى جلسة لها امس، طلبا للنيابة بتعديل اتهام الفنان واصدقائه الثمانية من المادة 152 اعمال فاضحة ،الى المادة 154 ممارسة الدعارة من القانون الجنائى وذلك لعدم كفاية الادلة وبعد اعتراض تقدمت به هيئة الدفاع عن المتهمين ضد طلب النيابة.

وكانت المحكمة قد عقدت 5 جلسات فى غضون شهر فى القضية التى تعود حيثياتها الى أن شرطة النظام العام داهمت المتهمين فى شقة ببحرى الصافية بعد ورود معلومات من مصادرها بوجود اعمال فاضحة فى الشقة واقتادت المتهمين الى الحراسة واطلقت سراحهم بالضمان بعد ان وجهت لهم النيابة تهمه الاعمال الفاضحة(152) والازعاج العام (77) من القانون الجنائى، بالاضافة الى مخالفة امر محلى(7/8 ) ،وضبطت فى الشقة حنة ودلكة وازياء نسائية بالاضافة الى شيشة.

وانكر المتهمون فى جلسات استجوابهم السابقة امام القاضى كل التهم الموجهة ضدهم ،وقالوا انهم كانوا فى جلسة للونسة فقط كما انكر بعضهم ارتداء ازياء نسائية وقالوا انها اردية شبابية.

واستمعت المحكمة امس بحضور المتهمين التسعة فى جلسة مغلقة الى اربعة من شهود الاتهام، اثنين من شرطة النظام العام واثنين اخرين شهودا محايدين من جيران المتهمين، شهدوا باعتبارهم شهود امر التفتيش.

وقال احد الشهود المحايدين انه رأى احد المتهمين يرتدى رداءً قصيراً لكنه ليس متاكداً عما اذا كانت نسائية او رجالية ،واشار الى انه طوال سكنه مجاورا لمدة اربع سنوات لمنزل المتهم الاول لم ير اية افعال فاضحة منه.

وحددت المحكمة جلسة صباح اليوم لتوجيه الاتهام او شطب البلاغ ،وقال محامى الدفاع للصحفيين بعد الجلسة انهم يثقون فى القضاء السودانى ولن يتأثر بالتناول السالب الذى تناوله الاعلام فى القضية على اساس انه زواج بين رجلين، وقال انه لايدافع عن الظواهر السالبة ولكن المتهم برئ حتى تثبت ادانته.

وانتقد بشدة التناول السلبى للموضوع، وقال ان البعض حرض على تهديد حياة المتهمين.

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Source: http://www.alsahafa.sd/details.php?articleid=56318

Police in Sudan arrest and beat nine gay men

Posted by freedomsudan on February 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Sudan court case begins of nine gay men arrested in police raid on famous singer’s flat

25 February 2013 | By Dan Littauer

Sudan court case beings of nine gay men arrested in police raid on famous singer’s flat in Khartoum

 

A public order court in Khartoum, Sudan has begun deliberating a case of nine men who were arrested and beaten for being gay.

According to LGBT rights activists in Sudan, a private gathering of gay friends at a well-known singer’s flat was raided. Those attending were arrested and beaten by Sudanese police, leaving them badly bruised.

In the first court hearing police stated that a flat in Al-Safia neighborhood, in Khartoum, was raided after neighbors spotted and were ‘angered’ by the attire of the men.

The police said after a warrant was issued, the flat was raided by the head of Al-Safia police station along with officers and detectives.

A police officer alleged in court the singer was wearing women’s clothing and two other suspects were in their underwear.

He also said police found in the suspects' possessions women's dilka (body scrub), henna, face creams, coffee making utensils and a shisha pipe

Police charged the men with committing indecent acts, a charge denied by the suspects.

Judge Khalid Hamza postponed the court proceedings on Wednesday (20 February) and adjourned the session for this coming week.

The defense lawyer protested in court saying Sudanese media have been drumming up the case by printing inaccurate information and sensationally describing the private meeting as a ‘gay wedding’.

He said this has led the men to suffer further abuse in public and at the mosques, and urged the media to act responsibly and accurately report the facts.

Mohammed, chair of Rainbow Sudan’s, a magazine and organization for LGBT rights, told Gay Star News: ‘It was just a gathering of a couple of friends in a private flat, and neighbors denied to us they raised any complaints with the police.

‘This is totally violating a basic human right to privacy, police invaded a private property, arrested and beat up these men.

‘How are LGBT people in Sudan expected to feel safe at their own home?

‘Sadly this happens frequently in Sudan, and the press does their best to portray gays negatively.

'The case is now reported as a lesson in how gay people have a "negative influence" on the public, labeling us as immoral transgressors.’

Ali, head of the LGBT advocacy group Freedom Sudan, told GSN: ‘What was not reported in the press is the police ambushed them in the apartment complex.

‘I am also not sure the report of what was found at the singer’s home is true or just dreamt up to further “incriminate” the men. Suspects explicitly denied having the items in their possession.

‘This unfortunately is not the first of such cases in Sudan, and sentences regularly include lashes, imprisonment and sometimes capital punishment.

‘Even if the men will get off “lightly” with lashes, none of them will be able to have a life anymore.

‘They will be dismissed from their jobs, ostracized from their families and communities and expected to hide away from public in shame.

‘Shaming one’s family or community can have you murdered in Sudan.

‘We are trying to help them in everyway we can now. I contacted the UN and HRC and hoping for a positive reply. Not just for them not but also for the future cases’.

Sudan is one of the strictest countries in the world which criminalize homosexuality. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal and, according to Article 148, capital punishment applies to a man or woman engaging in such acts.

Punishments ranges from lashes and imprisonment to the death sentence.

 

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Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/police-sudan-arrest-and-beat-nine-gay-men250213

Trial of the -9- homosexuals who got caught engaged in shameful acts

Posted by freedomsudan on February 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

21.02.2013

بدأت أمس بمحكمة النظام العام ببحري أولى جلسات محاكمة«9» من المثليين وذلك على إثر ضبطهم وهم يمارسون الأفعال الفاضحة. وإستمعت المحكمة لأقوال ملازم شرطة أفاد في أقواله بأن معلومات توفرت لديهم من قبل المباحث عن وجود شقة بمنطقة الصافية.

تخص فنان معروف يتردد عليها بعض الشباب ويخرجون للشارع العام بملابس تثير غضب الجيران، وبعد إصدار أمر النيابة تمت مداهمة الشقة بواسطة رئيس قسم شرطة الصافية العميد شرطة يوسف مساعد وعدد من الضباط وافراد من المباحث حيث تم القبض على الفنان وهو يرتدي إسكيرت وإثنين من المتهمين يرتدون ملابس داخلية وعثر بحوزة المتهمين علي دلكة نسائية وصحن به حنة وكريمات نسائية وأدوات جبنة وشيشة وبإستجواب المتحري بواسطة الدفاع والمتهم الثالث لعدم تكليفه لمحامي تم إستجواب المتهم الأول الذي أفاد في أقواله بأنه حضر لمنزل الفنان بصحبة المتهم الثالث للتعاقد معه لإحياء حفل تخرج كما تم إستجواب الفنان وهو المتهم الثاني الذي ذكر في إفاداته بأن المقبوض عليهم لديهم به صلة عمل بحكم عمله وأحد المتهمين لديه طباعة كروت.

وأنكر المتهم في أقواله بأن صحن يخص عرسان كان معه«ضيوف» ونفى علمه بالدلكة كما نفى إرتدائه للاسكيرت.

هذا وقد حددت المحكمة جلسة اليوم لمواصلة سماع بقية المتهمين وإصدار القرار

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Source: http://www.alwatansudan.com/index.php?type=3&id=33916&bk=1

Muslim channel punished for saying ?gays should be tortured?

Posted by freedomsudan on February 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

British communications watchdog has punished several minor channels for allowing extremist attitudes to air unchallenged

12 February 2013 | By Joe Morgan, Dan Littauer

Abdul Qadir Jilani, who said Muslims should be killed if they leave the faith, has been criticized by regulatory watchdog OFCOM.

 

Fringe Muslim television channels in the UK have been reprimanded for allowing extremists to say their views unchallenged, such as gay people should be tortured.

Regulatory watchdog OFCOM has found the stations broke the broadcasting code by allowing the extreme opinions to be aired.

In one case, a female presenter said homosexuals should be beaten and tortured for the ‘evil, shameful act’.

The Radio Asian Fever host, named ‘Sister Ruby Ramadan’ said: ‘Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.’

Radio Asian Fever, based in Leeds, England, was fined £4000 ($6300, €4600) for allowing it to air.

Another broadcast by Noor TV was criticised by Ofcom for ‘serious breaches’, and highlighted how inflammatory talk can incite violence.

The show said: ‘There is absolutely no doubt about it that the punishment for the person who shows disrespect for the Prophet is death. No one disagrees about this.’

While the channels have small audiences compared with the mainstream, Ofcom said it does not matter when it comes to the breaching of broadcasting guidelines.

‘The majority of Islamic channels comply with our rules,’ an Ofcom spokesman said.

‘However, where we identify issues through our monitoring or complaints we investigate fully and take firm enforcement action.’

Speaking to GSN, a British Muslims for Secular Democracy spokesman said they gave their ‘unequivocal support’ to Ofcom’s investigation.

They said: ‘While freedom of speech is an important right in a democratic society, action must be taken against those who incite violence or hatred against any other group.

‘As broadcasters whose opinions are conveyed to Muslims across the world, these people are in a powerful position.

‘Therefore, they must bear total responsibility for every single word that leaves their lips (or their keyboards).’

Omar Kuddus, a Muslim LGBT rights advocate, said the Islamic channels has ‘no true representation of Islam or its tolerance for homosexuality as per the Quran.’

‘The views are unfounded and go against the principles of Islam and cannot be condoned by any true Muslim,’ he told GSN.

‘Our religion is about peace and love, it is their duty not to persecute, not to judge. Have they forgotten that?’

 

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Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/muslim-channel-punished-saying-%E2%80%98gays-should-be-tortured%E2%80%99120213

Why Muslims should embrace same-sex marriage

Posted by freedomsudan on February 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Omar Kuddus explains his belief that his religion should welcome the love gay and lesbian couples share with each other and allow them to have nikahs, traditional marriage contracts

06 February 2013 | By Omar Kuddus

London Central Mosque: British Muslims are increasingly supportive of gay rights, though some doubts and prejudices still remain.

 

Marriage is not about me, me, me but a bond between two people who are in love and want to show the world their commitment to each other.

This is a something the opponents of gay marriage – religious or otherwise – do not seem to grasp. It’s why gay marriage is important and necessary, so we can be equal to our heterosexual friends and companions.

As GSN has pointed out there is a big difference between marriage and civil partnership. The difference between them in the UK illustrates the discrimination and inequality, faced by same-sex couples. That’s why I welcome the vote in parliament last night, opening marriage to same-sex couples in England and Wales. The bill has other hurdles to clear, but last night’s progress was historic.

And to those who oppose equal gay and lesbian marriage, the answer is simple – if you do not like gay marriage don’t marry someone who is gay. But don’t deny me the fundamental human right to marry who I chose and love.

In the eyes of the law, marriage is not a religious institution but a civil issue. Those who get married in religious ceremonies are not legally married until they sign a register that formalizes the union in law. That’s something else religious institutions tend to forget.

In the case of the UK, religious groups that oppose gay marriage have nothing to fear. A quadruple lock has been placed in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and they will be able to opt-in to conducting lesbian and gay weddings if they wish but will be protected from being forced to marry people.

Religious institutions including some in my own, Islam, have expressed their concern on the redefinition of marriage, but their arguments have no basis.

In my interpretation of Islam and understanding of the Quran, homosexuality is not a sin. And, as I have also pointed out many times, during the times of the first Caliphs, Muslims did not know what to do with individuals guilty of ‘liwat’ or ‘lutiyya’. No sahabi (companion) of Muhammad could quote a saying or decision of Muhammad relating to this question.

Have religious fanatics got so obsessed with homosexuality that they have forgotten the true meaning of our religion?

Islam is a personal religion between me and Allah. It is a set of guidelines open to interpretation and I believe homosexuality is not haram (forbidden). Allah, who created all mankind, is not cruel and would not create a group that was condemned from birth.

Our religion is about peace and love, it is their duty not to persecute, not to judge. Have they forgotten that?

I do not believe being homosexual is sinful, because Islam is an interpretation of what we as Muslims need to make of our lives.

So as a Muslim am I allowed to get married? I do not see why there should be any objection to a gay Muslim marrying, as we all understand it shall not occur in a mosque or as a religious ceremony, but as an act under civil law.

If marriage is between two people in a loving relationship, and Islam does not condemn homosexuality in the Quran, there is no reason for denying gay Muslims the chance to marry.

Islam promotes family values. As such if two people, even of the same sex, are in a loving union or marriage, and they live their lives according to the guidelines set in the Quran, they are not committing a sin.

Last night all six Muslim Labour Members of Parliament (MPs) voted for same-sex marriage. By doing so they sent a positive message of support to the LGBT community. It shows how liberal, progressive Muslim values are changing.

The same cannot be said about all the Christian MPs who voted against or abstained due to their religious convictions. The islamophobes should take note.

And I believe that a gay Muslim getting married should be able to enter into a ‘nikah’, a traditional matrimonial contract.

Whilst nikahs have until now usually been the reserve of heterosexual Muslims, I am aware other gay Muslims had followed this route previously, even when they have entered a civil partnership or as an alternative to marriage.

To perform a nikah you don't have to have an official imam, but just someone who is knowledgeable enough about the Quran to preform it.

To deny gay Muslim couples the right to a religious union goes against the teachings in the Quran.

According to Imam Daayiee Abdullah: ‘Since Islamic legal precedence does not allow same sexes to wed, Muslim societies make it a legal impossibility within Islam. But by not allowing same-sex couples to wed, there is a direct attack on the Quran’s message that each person has a mate who is their “comfort and their cloak”.’

As a gay out proud man I am entitled to equality and not to be treated as a second-class citizen. As I cannot find a justification that bars me from marrying someone of the same sex in my interpretation of my religion, Islam, the state and the law should recognize this fact and allow me this right.

 

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Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-muslims-should-embrace-same-sex-marriage060213


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