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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:18 AM

Muslim Man to Open 'Mosque for Gays' in France

Source: Jakarta Globe

November 23, 2012 | by Ian Dulkowski -

Hajj season just ended and Mohammed Ludovic Lutfi Zahed returned to France with an odd idea.

After going the holy pilgrimage, Zahed felt enlightened and realized he wanted to give something to his gay Muslim community in Paris: Opening a "mosque for gays."

"In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical aggression. After performing the Hajj, I realized that a mosque for gays was a must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers," Zahed said as quoted by Turkish Daily Hurriyet.

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Zahed, founder of association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F), said he will use a Buddhist chapel where Friday prayers and gay marriages would be performed.


Read more: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/globebeyond/muslim-man-to-open-mosque-for-gays-in-france/557686

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Turborama Nov 2012 OP
mainer Nov 2012 #1
pipoman Nov 2012 #2
loudsue Nov 2012 #3
Ash_F Nov 2012 #4
Raster Nov 2012 #11
Bohunk68 Nov 2012 #5
Pterodactyl Nov 2012 #6
AlphaCentauri Nov 2012 #15
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #7
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #8
AnnieBW Nov 2012 #9
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #10
Matariki Nov 2012 #12
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #13
Behind the Aegis Nov 2012 #14
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #16
XtopherXtopher Nov 2012 #17

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:43 AM

1. A bold but scary idea. Like hanging a sign that says "bomb me."

I hope he and his congregation stay safe.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:57 AM

2. Has a fatwa been issued yet?

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:14 AM

3. Now there is an enlightened guy with a death wish.

He could just draw a target on his clothes.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:17 AM

4. The guy wants to fight Homophobia and Islamophobia.

I admire his bravery and his principled stance. More power to him.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:11 PM

11. Indeed. Ideas whose time has come.

I too admire his bravery and principled stance.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:12 AM

5. I was at a wedding earlier this year, in Philly,

of a Christian reared man to a Pakistani Muslim woman. The visuals were overwhelming. What amazed me were the words of the imam during his homily. He literally came out for Marriage Equality! I was impressed and discovered that the Imam was of a local Progressive Islam congregation. Will be seeing the couple and family this Holiday Season. Get the particulars.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:17 AM

6. A brave move in a bigoted country.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:05 PM

15. Burqas not allowed, sorry n/t

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:32 PM

7. I hope that guy has body guards.

The nuts are gonna REALLY hate him!

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:34 PM

8. Giving Thanks that my partner and I are safe and happy in our home

Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes we forget the struggles our friends in the South, the Middle East, so many places, go through.

I look forward to when my partner and I can get married (in our home state) but until then I will remember how lucky we are to be safe.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:35 PM

9. Great for him, but lousy for his insurance company

I hope they have "pissed off Fundie insurance". Because if the Islamic Fundamentalists don't get him, the homophobes will.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:04 PM

10. Props to the chapel for offering the space, too. (nt)

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:28 PM

12. Nice. Good luck to him. n/t

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:38 PM

13. I wish him well but fear this will end tragically.

 

Zahed, founder of association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F), said he will use a Buddhist chapel where Friday prayers and gay marriages would be performed.


Ah, well that will calm down the radicals.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:27 PM

14. Good for him. Allah be with him!

K&R

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:20 PM

16. I hope it works out.

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