Note: This article was written two days prior to an LGBTQ civil rights conference held at a Dallas mosque, led by Yasir Qadhi and Omar Suleiman.
Any “conversation” or “debate” on “whether or not to ally with LGBT groups and support their cause” is a distraction. It is a distraction taking away our attention from real dhulm, real fasad being wrought onto humanity and the Ummah.
Throughout the world, the LGBT normalization program is being imposed by force. In the West, cities and states are quickly passing LGBT legislation and ordinances that impact masajid, Islamic schools, the public education system itself, employment discrimination policies, business practices, etc. Muslims and kuffar alike are being threatened to be jailed if they take their children out of the schools teaching LGBT. Children are being stripped from their parents if the parents show any hesitation in “transitioning” their “trans” children via chemical castration. Meanwhile, the constant barrage of LGBT infused media and education all but guarantees children will be confused and reeling, many of them falling into severe doubts about a religion that is fundamentally opposed to all of it.
But don’t worry! The compassionate imams will make sure your children don’t know about Islam’s stance on LGBT. They are working extra hard to teach your kids and your wives that Islam tolerates “everyone” no matter what!
So this Rainbow March of Progress and Freedom is methodically kicking down all the doors, taking no prisoners, and here we are as a community debating the pros and cons of allying with the groups doing this? What a joke. What a carefully engineered distraction.
Rather than debate something that is categorically haram, we should be discussing the best way to defend ourselves and the human race. We should be discussing the Sunnah of Lut `alayhi salam and how he was under no delusions about what the musrifun banging on his door were really about. Was Lut discussing the pros and cons of allying with Qawm Lut and forming coalitions? Was Lut reflecting on the “shared values” and “shared vision” he had with Qawm Lut?
You know who would think that there was value in allyships and coalition building between the believers and Qawm Lut?
Now, let me tell you the real story of American Islam.
Some Muslims in America were trying really hard to be accepted into the American mainstream. They were financially well off, they enjoyed general security, and they could practice Islam more or less unimpeded.
Yet, that wasn’t enough for them. Some of these Muslims also wanted to ascend the social ladder. They wanted to rub elbows with the elite. They wanted to hold prestigious positions in universities, run for political office, be featured in the mainstream media, basically make it to the top and enjoy the lavish benefits of the American Dream. And these Muslims would often point to other religious minorities, particularly Jews, as a model for success.
This rise to the top wasn’t always smooth. Every now and then, some pesky religious values would get in the way. Don’t mix with the opposite sex. Don’t deal in riba. Don’t partake in the holiday festivities of other religions, etc. Sticking to Islam meant sticking out like a sore thumb, not fitting in and enjoying the perks of assimilation.
But then something significant happened. The compassionate imam was born! He quickly came to the rescue to assure his devoted snapchat/insta/fb followers that there was room for ijtihad in these issues and there was “ikhtilaf” somewhere, somehow. So no worries! Enjoy! There is absolutely no conflict in being a Muslim and being a devout American! In fact, Muslims are the most American of all Americans who ever Americaned.
This situation continued until just a few years ago when suddenly the definition of what being a Good American changed. Now, all Good Americans supported LGBT rights. This is because Good Americans are tolerant and love freedom for all. And even if you personally don’t enjoy rectally penetrating another man or having your bowels penetrated, then YOU HAD BETTER support those who do enjoy it.
Now what were the upwardly mobile American Muslims to do?
The compassionate imams were in a bind. They couldn’t let down all their activist friends, all their social justice allies. So they just shut their mouths. They avoided the topic like the plague. They stopped teaching anything about the story of Lut and hoped that no one would notice.
But the issue didn’t go away. It got worse. So they had to say something and it had to be consistent with their brand of “compassionate orthodoxy.” Their solution was clunky but it got the job done. Make an arbitrary distinction between the political and moral. Say that “Muslims don’t agree with the morality of LGBT, but we support their rights politically. After all, us ‘minorities’ need to stand up for each other against the EVIL of BIGOTRY.”
Great! Now American Muslims can rejoin polite society, rub elbows with the elites in academia, media, politics, maybe even go to a Pride March or two and not feel that they are violating Islam.
Isn’t compassion wonderful?
And if anyone dares burst this bubble by pointing out how it makes absolutely no sense logically or Islamically, just go back to the good ol classics: “There is ikhtilaf,” “This is a matter of ijtihad,” “There is clear maslaha/mafsada here,” and the always relevant, “Where did you study?!”
So these are the “conversations” happening. These compassionate imams are not dumb. They know to say all the right things.
“OF COURSE we don’t think LGBT is morally right.”
“OF COURSE we have to stick to Islamic principles.”
“OF COURSE we won’t compromise our deen to the LGBT movement.”
^^ all the things needed to reassure the captive audience that they are orthodox and righteous imams.
But then, once everyone is lulled into a false sense of security, they put in the real message.
“There is room to disagree on whether Muslims should support LGBT rights. This is personal ijtihad and no Muslim should ever condemn another Muslim who chooses to ally with them and join broad coalitions with them. Anyone who disagrees is a kharijite extremist neophyte who doesn’t understand the nuance and beautiful complexity of our scholarly tradition.”
Mission accomplished! You have successfully passed off something that is categorically haram as a viable option that is supported by the scholarly tradition! And then you can have a nice respectful conversation about the pros and cons of such alliances, solemnly nodding in agreement every few sentences. And everyone goes home thinking, “Wow, that was really respectful. All our community conversations should be like that!”
Little do they know that they have been victimized by the Overton Window. If you can control the bounds of acceptable debate, you give people the impression that you encourage dialogue and debate when, in reality, you are stifling it. The compassionate imam loudly insists that there is room to disagree on whether or not to support and ally with modern day Qawm Lut. This is like insisting that there is room for debate on whether or not to ally with a cancer invading your body. What?! Cancer certainly prefers we have respectful conversations about the pros and cons of allying with it as opposed to conversations about the best way to excise it.
So yes, the compassionate imam loudly insists that there is room to disagree on whether or not to support and ally with modern day Qawm Lut. But he will NEVER acknowledge room to disagree on whether or not to politically oppose it. He will never seriously propose organizing politically against it, allying with the “religious fundamentalists” against it, working “on the ground” and protesting against it. Those options are off the table because that contradicts FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL. Only bigots and hate mongers oppose LGBT rights, as the American elite tell us in no uncertain terms. So those positions, i.e., the correct positions, are never allowed into the “debate,” not on the compassionate imam’s watch.
And when the respectful conversation is over, the compassionate imam goes home and sleeps easy knowing that he left just enough room for Muslims to be rainbow-flag-waving Americans. You know. Real Americans. That’s all he had to do and he did it without anyone knowing the better.
But you know, dear reader. And Allah knows.
Several months after Qadhi and Suleiman’s mosque LGBTQ conference, an extreme pro LGBTQ Equality Act was passed by the US Supreme Court. We asked Qadhi and Suleiman some needed questions on this, given their focus on “LGBTQ civil rights.”