Back in March 2016, I presented a paper on Islam and LGBT for the Imam’s Conference held by AMJA (Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America). In the Q&A session, Dr. Yasir Qadhi asked me and co-panelist Dr. Hatem al-Haj about the extent to which Muslims can be involved politically on the issue of LGBT.
For some reason, the recording that shows this session is no longer on AMJA’s channel. Nonetheless, Dr. Hatem started by answering that Muslims should not get politically involved and we should let non-Muslim society deal with the LGBT by themselves.
I responded by saying that this is a bad idea. Muslims cannot afford to stay on the sidelines because if trends continue, eventually, LGBT acceptance is going to be forced on the Muslim community too. We cannot afford to remain uninvolved. We need to speak out against the tide.
That was over 5 years ago. Now I realize that, if anything, I hugely underestimated things. The level of Qawm Lut take over of every aspect of modern society is beyond anything I could have imagined.
The clearest indication of this is the involvement of children. Everything from cartoons to primary school curricula is pushing this, and any objection is blasted as bigotry.
In 2019, we heard about the RSE sex curriculum in the UK for children as young as five and how Muslim children were affected. In Canada, the UK, and now the US, we are hearing about social workers threatening to take custody of children if Muslim parents do not recognize their “trans identity.” And on and on.
What have celebrity imams done to speak out against all this?
A lot of people asked me to comment on a recent couple of posts by Yasir Qadhi. In one post, he gives the Islamic position on transgenderism. In the other post, he says that an academic conference rescinded his invitation because of his post on trans.
Doesn’t this show a clear example of a celebrity imam speaking out against LGBT?
No. Not at all!
As I have explained in the past, simply articulating that gay sex and transgender surgery is haram is not enough. The bare bones minimum all imams should be doing is saying it is haram.
BUT what about the political, cultural, and legal onslaught? Where is their objection to all the LGBT “rights” and celebration, etc.? Where is their opposition to and condemnation of that?
In fact, Yasir Qadhi and his colleagues, like Jonathan Brown, Omar Suleiman, Sherman Jackson, and Yaqeen Institute have pushed conformity with the Qawm Lut order. Their message in multiple videos, papers, and interviews has consistently been that they either have no objections to the proliferation of LGBT rights or even that Muslims should “affirm and advocate” LGBT rights!
It makes absolutely no sense, yet this is the position that they have been pushing onto the Muslim community.
Rather than speak out, organize politically, use institutional influence, this Dawah Mafia either stays silent OR actively pushes LGBT rights. Meanwhile, they have no problem organizing politically for BLM, for migrants, for prisoner rights, getting out on the street, marching and protesting for every left wing cause.
They even have no problem doing migrant marches with LGBT priestesses and participating in shirk rituals, but they can’t make a simple statement saying:
“We oppose gay marriage and LGBT rights.”
Or how about:
“Muslims should oppose gay marriage and LGBT rights.”
Why can’t they say that?
Why can’t you find a single one of these celebrities or their institutes who have said that? Is it because their social justice activist friends would disown them? Is it because their popularity and position with kuffar would take a hit?
What About Quran?
Compare what the Compassionate Imams are preaching about LGBT to what the Prophet Lut `alayhissalam says about Qawm Lut in the Quran:
“If only I had against you some power or could take refuge in a strong support.” [Quran 11:80]
“My Lord, support me against the people who work corruption.” [29:30]
“I am, in truth, of those who hate your deed.” [26:168]
What makes the issue comical is Yasir Qadhi getting his invitation to an academic conference rescinded. Considering his expressed outrage, he seems surprised by this. He says in his post:
“Sadly, this is just the beginning, and the situation will in all likelihood get worse. Merely disagreeing with some lifestyles & preaching mainstream Abrahamic morality to your own children or co-religionists will get you blocked or fired from your job.”
Just the beginning?? Has Dr. Qadhi been living under a rock? This has been happening for years now, especially in academia! The only reason he is only now getting impacted is because even his tepid “lgbt is haram but we respect everyone” stuff has now become considered too bigoted.
The fact is, academia has always been gatekeeping and preventing anything except the most liberal people from having a seat at the table. The only way Muslims like Qadhi, et al., have been able to operate in academia is by hiding Islamic beliefs. They know this. This is not news. So Qadhi saying “This is just the beginning” is disingenuous.
What makes it more egregious is the fact that Qadhi, et al., also want to be imams and Islamic preachers. This is a conflict of interest because, for the sake of their academic positions, they have to stay quiet about non-liberal Islamic beliefs, not just on LGBT, but also on women’s issues, al-wala wal-bara, etc. So, how can they properly teach Islam to the community and represent its interests when they are also silent or inaccurate on these important parts of Islam for the sake of academia?
What makes it even more, more egregious is that Qadhi has recently been the biggest proponent of academia. He has pushed Muslims to join academia and even goes so far as to bring deviant and murtad academics onto his platform to “dialogue” with them. His “Islamic” seminary teaches a curriculum that is almost entirely based on academic books written by kuffar in Islamic studies.
In this way, Qadhi is one of the biggest proponents of academia, yet he now wants to pretend like he is just realizing that academia is not tolerant of Islam.
If you really believe that, Yasir, why don’t you start speaking out against academia and telling the Muslim community to boycott Islamic studies and boycott these academics, especially the deviant Muslim academics?
I can see why that would be hard to do given that you have spent so much time, along with Omar Suleiman and Yaqeen Institute, to open the door for these deviant academics to preach to the Muslim community. These deviant academics that would have had no influence on the Muslim community are given a free platform by Qadhi and Yaqeen to write and speak. You are platforming these academics and unleashing their poison. Yet you have no shame in this and are defiant when myself and others call you out.
And finally, what makes Qadhi’s outrage at having his invitation rescinded so egregious is because he and the rest of the Dawah Mafia have been so active blocking and gatekeeping other Muslims from their platforms!
Personally, I have been blocked, my papers deleted, invitations rescinded by this same crew, whether Yaqeen, MuslimMatters, various masajid over the years who received calls from “influential imams” saying things like, “If you have Daniel speak here, I will never fundraise for your masjid again.”
Yes, this has been happening very aggressively. And it has happened to others. This Dawah Mafia actively works to silence and deplatform anyone who gives a non-politically correct view on feminism, LGBT, and leftism in general. Long before I started publicly speaking out against this mafia, they “cancelled” me because I was teaching things that contradicted feminism and “believe all women.” That was the reason. They have to silence these voices because it makes them look bad for not saying the same things, which they refuse to do because of their political alliances.
Now these imams and institutes want to pretend like they are the victims.
So much more can be said on this, but there is a deep sickness affecting the Western Muslim community due to the deal these celebrities have made with the American political establishment. This is a rot that can be disastrous if it is not countered.
Silence is not an option.