“O tribes that loves boys,”

“The LGBT community are some of the most oppressed people in the world. Women are oppressed by men. The LGBT community are oppressed by both women AND men.”

I always find it baffling when people tell me that upholding human rights is all duniawi, while being discriminative in the name of religion is thinking of Akhirat. Only God knows why I wish to be good and do good, and even if you think it is against your interpretation of religion, it definitely does not go against mine. Wallahualam.

I find it baffling too when people tell me that homosexuality is a sign of the End times, when it has existed even before Islam was sent down. It’s not a sign of zaman jahiliyyah even, because homosexuality occurs even in the animal kingdom. Wallahualam.

I find it baffling when people say that the LGBT community should repent, especially for something that they could not help, but whenever a homosexual goes to the mosque to pray, they get told their prayers won’t be accepted and they get kicked out, or in some cases, literally kicked out. It’s bad enough that they are refused the right to freedom of expression, but freedom to practice their faith? Many people from the LGBT community are brought up being told that they are God’s mistake, thus they crave for a spiritual connection with Him. Who are we to hinder them? Wallahualam.

I find it baffling when people say the LGBT community is asking for more than they deserve when they parade for their freedom. For so long they’ve been silenced, humiliated, stoned, abused, violated, and when people hold a gathering to show love and acceptance, many complain that it’s too much. You know what’s too much? Discriminating against them, and asking them to stay silent forever. Everyone deserves to love themselves, loudly and proudly. Wallahualam.

I find it baffling when people say teaching acceptance of homosexuality is bad, but we should continue to teach that homosexuality is unnatural and against God. I honestly don’t see anything bad in teaching acceptance, but I do see all the bad in teaching discrimination. So many people in the LGBT community are brought up to believe that they are hated by God, even though they are made by Him, and how are we making things better by further enforcing it through the masses? Wallahualam.

A wise person told me, “Every time we meet someone for the first time, we always put them into boxes, be it race, religion or sexual orientation. But if we put all that aside, we will see all humans as equals, as merely humans. Why is it so hard for us to make friends with people based on the common ground that we are all human beings? Why must we make friends based on boxes, based on discrimination?”

Before we choose to judge someone, insult someone, based on the way they were born, we have to remember that all of God’s creations are perfect. Even if a person is born disabled, they are still perfect. The only reason why we see them as imperfect is because we are born with much more than they have. If you tell someone that they are a mistake, are you accusing God of imperfect creation?”

To which, someone asked him, “But how do we know if someone was born homosexual, or they were only influenced by their surroundings?”

His response? “Why do we even need to know?”

When homosexuality occurs in nature, approximately 2% of the animal kingdom, is this a sign of God’s flaw, or a flaw in our understanding of His design? Wallahualam.

So this Ramadhan, let’s not strengthen our imaan by turning our hearts into steel and discriminate even further against people we deem different from ourselves “in the name of religion”. For once, let us all choose to be good, be accepting and embrace differences, all in the name of Islam, in the name of God. Is this not what was taught to us? Ameen.

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful Ramadhan. May God bless us with His mercy.

28 June 2014

Shafiqah Othman Hamzah

Shafiqah is a Singapore-born Malaysian who is best known for her advocacy on social and human rights issues. She is notably known for her tweets and for being a columnist on Malay Mail.

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