PRESENTATION

The Green Book consists of a theoretical part first, tracing the history of homosexuality in the Arabo-Islamic world; the second part of the Book held the testimonies of homosexuals Muslims of France or elswhere in the World. The primary purpose of this Green Book is to fight against homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia – and every kind of discrimination based on ethnicity, sex, sexuality, religion, gender (…) – trying to show that historically and even today, Islam and homosexuality as such have never been incompatible, that Islam as been sustaining a human diversity sanctified by the Qur’an from the very beginning, and that homosexuality is not a sin by nature according to Islam (see also the article about that particular topic, here).

 

Thus for the second consecutive year, to mark the World Day against Homophobia, transphobia – May 17th – the citizen network HM2F publishes this year’s Green Book (in French, Livres Verts Volume I in 2010 & II in 2011). Part I talks about “Almighty Masculinity”, bringing up that the idea that Islam – as a civilization – is inherently homophobic and misogynist, is a misconception. There was even a time when homosexuality was perfectly tolerated or even valued by some Arabo-Islamic elites. Part II talks about “Women & Femininities” and attempt to analyze the underlying process common to homophobia and misogyny; cognitive processes that fall within the tradition and machismo, and have therefore nothing to do with the egalitarian and fraternal project of Islam. We believe that we need to unite the forces of feminism and LGBT Islamic activism to fight more effectively on the one hand, the biases against Islam; and on the second hand, to fight against ignorance of some Muslims’ wrong beliefs that Islam would be a religion inherently misogynistic and homophobic.

 

Moreover HM2F will attend the next AIR 19th to 26th of April 2011 in Cape Town – South Africa. Will also be present the famous Amina Wadud, the first Western woman “imam” of the twentieth century. We will discuss together how best to expand our networks and common work together to jointly develop a “queer theology of Islamic Liberation”, truly egalitarian, subversive, beyond any straitjacket reducing identity; challenging all forms of reductive, predetermined, prejudged identity, and finally all together to promote a human diversity sanctified by the Qur’an

ABDENNUR  PRADO  –  Spain [

Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim

 We can analyze the verses about the people of Lot  [2], to show that the Quran does not condemn homosexuality (love between same sex individuals), but mass rape and rejection of foreigners. We can analyze the transmission chains of some alleged misogynistic hadeeth, to prove they are false. We can analyze the condemnation of sexual relations between same sex people in traditional Islamic jurisprudence, to demonstrate that it has no basis whatsoever in the Quran or the Sunnah of the Prophet . We can finally analyze the homophobic laws in force in most Muslim countries, to attest that they have no basis in Islam. But, having done this exegetical work, we feel a void.

What arguments can be put forward to someone who thinks that homosexuality is a sin, something against nature, which should be prosecuted and convicted? What can we say to address the plight of our Muslim gay brothers and lesbian sisters? What can we say to such obvious lack of the most basic feelings and values of Islam, such as compassion, respect for others and a sense of right and wrong?

 

It’s time to say that this issue is not a matter of divergent interpretations: it is a basic issue for the survival of Islam as a way of life based on transcendent values, rooted in the depths of the human heart. In this sense, the Green Book that we present goes beyond the foregoing issues, to address the issue from the very heart of Islamic spirituality.

I thank Allah for giving us the opportunity to participate in this struggle; against the single thought, towards a more spiritual life, stripped of lies, prejudices and invented precepts, toward a life of fulfillment based on the precedence of rahma [3]  and the eternal values of Islam. I ask Allah to heal the hearts of those who justify discrimination against homosexuals in the name of Islam. I ask Allah to make them reconsider their views and make love prevail over hate, inclusion over exclusion and acceptance over rejection, insha Allah

 

THIS is the preface to GREEN BOOKS that will be  published in the forthcoming weeks

Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed  & Abedennur Prado   ©2016

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