January 19, 2013

A Gay Mosque in the New Mecca?

Hussein Rashid, Huffington Post

The recent story of a gay mosque in Paris raises conflicted feelings in me. On one hand, I recognize the need for safe spaces of worship, where people are not constantly being threatened for who they are. However, I also fear that creating a separate mosque perpetuates stigma by allowing other Muslims to avoid having discussions about what a truly devotional space could look like.

Just over a year ago, I contributed to a report by Intersections International called "Muslim LGBT Inclusion Project." The report demonstrated two things: that traditional acceptance of sexuality was more open than in the contemporary period and that Muslims were serious about dealing with religion and sexuality. Since the report focused on the US, I believe it offers some insights for what a ...

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