Sunday, 6 March 2016
Allah Does Not Hate Gay people
My discomfort with the hate speech against homosexuals in world in general, and the barbarism facing us in the Muslim world has led me to reflect on how deadly human beings become once we leave ourselves to be consumed by dangerous ideologies. Allah is not bad, and has never been bad, and will never be bad, so are compassionate and tolerant human beings. However, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideologies.
Killing gay people or anybody else has never been something Allah would smile upon. Nevertheless, the way human beings wind up in their interpretation of religious texts is remarkably of cost to billions of people. Mixing religion with ever-so-old traditional practices has been producing deadly ideologies that even science could not combat. Let us not go far from the reality that, as human being who are all the time eager for more power, we have gained so much power using religion and God as a shield to our ideologies. We produce and reproduce religious remarks that fit the current needs for our politics, culture, and above all our greed. Among the deadly thoughts we have produced is that God hates, curses and punishes certain kinds of people. May be he does, because there are horrendous amounts of obscene and evil acts that God will not accept which are caused by people in this earth.
Is being gay makes one evil person? As gay man, am I doomed to live with guilt and self-hatred for something I did not choose? Did God create me in a perfect shape just to discover that He has made a mistake at the end, for people like me are "hated" by God? When you reflect upon those questions, you can't help getting your thoughts slingshot further to learn in deeper details about Islam to face fanatics calling for the death of gay people. I am not a Muslim preacher, nor do I know quite lots about Islam as professional scholar, but I know enough to conclude that Muslims who are convinced that Allah will burn homosexuals terribly missed the point about Islam. Do Muslim really realize that every Koranic verse starts with "Merciful Allah", “in the name of God, The Beneficent, The Merciful” (Koran 1:1). Do we often stop to reflect on the meaning of that? Do we try to make sense of its implications in the current world? Killing is absolutely contradicting anything that is close to mercy. There is no need stating that, but why Muslims are obsessed with killing gay people, and other infidels? There should be a need again to look at some of the Koranic texts to see that as gay people we are human beings as equal in rights as every person in the world. “O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.” Allah has created male and female. He did not specifically indicate anything that is between male and female, nor does the state of being homosexual suggests that we are neither males nor females. However, he rendered us distinct. He made us into different people, in colour, size, and sexuality etc. He did not refer to us as straight/ gay males or females. The fact that we are different implies different interpretations in itself. Let us not remain stagnant to the era of the Prophet when no significance of science and development were.
Why would people in power use religion in a stagnant way and unchanging dogma? First, history has proved that religion has been being the most powerful source of conflicts since humanity existed on this earth. The reason for that is the political use of religion. Muslim or Christian Crusades were never for the sake of spreading the faith each part took into the battle, but rather were for territorial expansion and embracing more labour, trade and agricultural work power to serve the building of unified empires. Second, religion is unifying, but secluding the minority that politicians can control and oppress under their states' ideologies and laws. Islam does not belong to any state, but ideologies do belong to each regime. As gay people, we can still belong to any kind of religion as I belong to Islam myself, but I cannot belong to Morocco, because, simply, its regime has its own Islam that is as different as to other Muslim countries'. Allah does not hate me, but my Morocco's ideology of Islam does.