Monday, April 09, 2012
It seems that there is at least one Muslim clergyman out there willing to break ranks with Islam’s unfavorable view of gay people.
Zahed tells France 24 TV of how he met his new partner through the gay imam:
“I was in the lecture hall when an imam, who incidentally is gay himself, introduced me to Din. We discovered we had a lot in common and a mutual admiration was cemented. I stayed on after the convention for two months, deciding to get married, since South African laws were more friendly [to same sex unions]…Zahed and Din returned to France recently, but have been having trouble getting their marriage recognized by the French government. Continues Al Arabiya:
“Being married in front of my family, was like a new start of life for me, I could have never imagined such a day would come, seeing the joy in my parents’ eyes after they had battled with my sexuality and tried with all their might to change the course of my sexual orientation.”
"Zahed wants to pursue his doctoral studies in Islam and homosexuality and he also heads an organization that researches issues relating to Islam and homosexuality. He said his absolute priority is to get a legal permit for his new spouse to stay and work in France.What an amazing, inspiring story. Zahed and Din can hold out hope that Francois Hollande will beat Nicolas Sarkozy in the upcoming French presidential election. Hollande has stated he will push the legalization of gay marriage as a priority in 2013.
The couple does not intend to travel to an Arab or Muslim nation for fear of being discriminated against. “We want to stay in France, because my husband really likes this country. However, if it becomes impossible for him to stay, we will return to South Africa to live.”
The eagle on the weather vane looks remarkably like the cartoon eagles of Thomas Nast.
I love having friends who can make comments like that and who share some of my hundreds and hundreds of interests!
This is funny, as I have property in Nashua but live in France.
My comment for you, is that I have read your blog daily for a long time and find it so incredibly vastly entertaining and informative that my comments would only be to thank you for this resource!
And if you blogged about your sex life, I would have to place you in another section or interest! :)