Sunday, December 15, 2013
Gay Mosque To Be Opened In Canada
A group of Canadian homosxuals have announced their plans to open a 'unity' mosque in halifax city of eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia, where gays, transgenders, and women imams will worship openly. "It is not so much that they are not welcome, but hey can not affirm that aspect of their identity," said Adnan Hussain, a member of the Muslim group, who wants to open he mosque, told CBS on Wednesday, December 11. "You can be a queer but you can not affirm your identity when you are in a religious space like a mosque. so you could not, for example, be trans. and decide that you wanted to pray on the women's side if you looked more male." According to Hussain, the new unity mosque aims to gay and transgender Muslims as opportunity to be 'themselves'. Halifax planned mosque would also allow 'women imams' where women could lead followers in prayers. Although there are no accurate figures of the gay or transgender Muslims in Canada's Nova Scotia, Hussain asserted the importance of such a place of worshipping. Muslims make around 2.8 percent of Canada's 32.8 million population and Islam is the number one non- Christian faith in the North American country. Same-sex relationships and marriages are totally prohibited in Islam, Christianity and all divine religions. Islam teaches that believers should neither do obscene acts nor indulge in their popagation. The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but considers homosexual intercourse as sinful. Muslim scholars in Canada's Halafax have slammed the idea of gay mosque as contradictory to the teaching of Islam. " What the Qur'an says clearly, just like the Bible, that homosexuality is not accepted," said Jamal Badawi, a professor emiretus at Saint Mary's University of Halafax. Last November , a French homosexual opened a mosque in Paris that welcomed gay worshippers and women who do not wera hijab. The move triggered condemnations from French Muslims as Muslim scholars denouced it for promoting immoralities and wrongdoings.