Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Same Sex Marriages

Those of us who live in Canada are witness to a full blown debate taking place in Parliament and outside on the Government's moves to legalize same sex marriages. A lot of heat has been generated but the powers that be are determined to get their way. Another sign of the growing promiscuity in our society.

Various religious leaders and groups are spearheading the opposition to such a move, even at the risk of being labelled bigoted and intolerant. As Muslims, we should have no qualms about condemning this attempt to change the traditional definition of marriage. So imagine my disgust when The Muslim Canadian Congress issued a statement today supporting the concept of same sex marriages. But then, I should really not be surprised; this organisation is the refuge of these so called proggies, chief among them Tarek Fatah. Among their other shennanigans was a vitriolic campaign against allowing Muslims to rely on the Sharia in certain arbitration matters in Ontario (the Jewish community has been accorded this privilege for quite some time here by the way).

I keep asking myself why these Muslims continue to defy Allah and his Messenger (peace and blessings upon him)? Is the love of the dunya so overpowering that they have lost sight of the akhiar? How will they stand before Allah and justify their actions and deeds? A Muslim is one who is unafraid of enjoining good and forbidding wrong, political correctness be damned. Homosexuality was made haram by the Lord of the Worlds and yet these people continue to justify this lifestyle. Astagfirullah.

I shall, Insh'Allah, continue to keep you posted on developments on this issue. In the meanwhile, please make Dua that this legislation is defeated in Parliament. Ameen.


Blogger izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum,

Does anyone else notice that The Muslim Canadian Congress always fights against any effort to make Candian Muslim society more Islamic? It's not just their support of gay marriage, which I think is a move to show other Canadians that a modern Muslim is one who does not adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah but rather clings to a cultural identity.

I don't think think they could care less about gay marriage one way or another but since that's a trendy issue right now, why not throw your support around it to show others how hip you are.

As AJ has stated, they made a big fuss about Shariah coming to Canada like the Taliban had moved in next door. They are unabashedly against Muslims who have even the most nominal faith like praying, hijab and fasting. Why even call yourself the "Canadian Muslim Congress" when there is nothing Islamic about your organization?

I can definitely see that Tarek Fatah and Co. are trying to fit into Canadian society by championing the "clause du jour" but in the end, as Muslims they will still be despised and hated by racist Canadians and other Muslims.

"And they will not be satisfied with you until you change your religion."

3:19 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Asalamu Aliakum,
Welcome back AJ. You and Riasma have made fine points but have you noticed that the "Muslim Canadian Congress" is one-man group ?
Tarek Fatah INMO, is a charlatan. Grand Mufti Fatah ranks as high as Ayatollah Nassef in my book.

5:21 PM  
Blogger crossfader72 said...

I think the Canadian should allow apply sharia law for banking and traffic violations . . .

11:30 AM  
Blogger ajsuhail said...

Just a quick follow up to my post.

ISNA has joined hands with other faith based organisations to oppose this move.At this point in time,it is difficult to predict if the bill will pass but it appears that there is growing opposition to it.

Incidentally, the High priest of the Sikhs in India has strongly condemned this move and that has left some Sikh MP's in a quandary;they were planning to support the legislation but now the danger of excommunication hangs over them.

Though only one Muslim MP has clearly stated that he will vote against the bill, I do not believe that other Muslim MP's will support it.

8:42 PM  
Blogger ابدلرحیم said...

I know I heard about it too and cringed. That's infuriating that the Muslim Canadian Congress would issue something like that!

8:56 PM  
Blogger ajsuhail said...

Dear Brothers and sisters in Canada,

you can sign an onlne petition against same sex marriages by visiting

Please call/email your local MP and voice your strong opposition to this bill.

Friends outside Canada, please circulate this info to as many people as you can and know in Canada.The vote can swing either way and let us not be caught short

10:10 PM  
Blogger Hmmm said...

Hmmm, but surely nothing they can do can change the definition of marriage, ie nikkah? Wouldn't this cut down on the incidence of liwat as a new element would be bought into gay "culture" in which long term relationships/for want of a better word, monogamy, was recognised, thus adding an extra pressure/incentive to disengage from the short term pickup/one night stand mentality that is rife within that community? In addition, if it followed the Western paradigm of marriage, it would be doubtful if they continued to engage in such activities long after marriage..

7:05 PM  
Blogger Leila M. said...

prepare for shock, folks.

I'm against the arbitration item as well. Why? Because it would entail both parties signing ahead of time to be legally bound by the arbiter's decision.

I would, however, be more friendly-feeling towards a mediation system.

I just see far too many problems that could erupt and which can possibly hurt and victimize the sisters with the arbitration issue-- especially as the main question would be-- would the leaders of this be the kind we already have in our mesjids-- who don't give the sisters their rights anyway?

So, thats why. I'm unappologetic about it, too :)

As for the same sex marriage item. I don't much care, it's about secular law, and secular law doesn't dictate whether various religious doctrine accepts it or not. Personally I don't find it all that frightening or threatening.

I find that polygny's illegality in secular law to be more troubling. But thats a good point-- the secular law against it doesn't stop Muslims from doing it.

7:30 PM  

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