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(RNS) “Muslims around the world are saying, ‘You know what? My relationship with Islam doesn't have to be guilt-ridden,’” said Toronto native Samra Habib, the photographer behind “Just Me and Allah.”

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  1. Good article about ordinary LGBT Muslim folk experiencing the desire of leaving conservative religious values behind because they do not benefit from them.

    Jesus seldom mentions the word ‘sin’ and almost never refers to it. Maybe about a dozen times or so. What a great role-model-example for all of us to consider.

    It’s so much better and easier to think of ‘all of us’ without that characterization.

    • @Billysees,

      Because you said it.

      “Jesus seldom mentions the word ‘sin’ and almost never refers to it. Maybe about a dozen times or so. What a great role-model-example for all of us to consider.”

      Well….
      “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” – (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).

      What will Jesus do to those who disobey the Nobleman’s message?

      “bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me as their king and execute them in front of me.” – Jesus (Luke 19:27)

      Just keeping he facts straight.

      • @ Atheist Max

        You nearly always come up with or remind us of good points to consider.

        I disagree with the gay-unfriendly writings that you quote. As someone who has more realistic and personal experiences than he indicates, I’m happy and satisfied with my own understanding about these issues. I’m less interested in ancient narratives because of his own writings as follows —

        1. …our knowledge is partial and incomplete…
        2. …we see things imperfectly…
        3. All that I know now is partial and incomplete…
        (1 Corinthians 13:9,12)

        What he should have said is —

        1. … “MY” knowledge is partial and incomplete…
        2. … “I” see things imperfectly…

        The veracity or truthfulness of his writings are at stake here.

        It’s not hard to imagine that such a man would write differently about homosexuality if he were living today.

        The Bible is a very respected book. I find it better to use its own contents to persuade others to trust in their better experiences rather to trust too much in old commentary.

  2. El-Farouk Khaki

    Dear Omar… Thank you for your coverage and call to open our hearts to each other. One small comment …’ Many Muslims leave Islam when they find their sexuality and faith incompatible’ could more appropriate to say ‘because they are taught that their sexuality and faith are incompatible’ or because they believe so…. Many of us do not find them incompatible or irreconcilable.. & that’s the point. !!!!

    Thank you for being a wonderful ally !

  3. Lynne Newington

    Why would you want to describe yourself as “queer”, if your’e looking be be taken seriously with grace and respect, I’m sure others such as yourself still seeking affirmation, wouldn’t appreciate it, if not your choice of words.

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