“The You Tube clip is at least 15 years old, and does not in any way represent my present views . Dare I add my non-academic, non-intellectual voice to the mix? Because I’ve made some pretty inappropriate comments in the past, too. Bigotry and demonisation of difference are usually the hallmark of immature and childish minds.
You may or may not be surprised to learn that, as a teenager, I was one of those wannabe-macho kids who crudely deployed “gay” as a mark of abuse; you will probably be shocked to discover that shamefully, even in my twenties, I was still making the odd disparaging remark about homosexuality. My own “youthful enthusiasm” is thankfully, if belatedly, behind me. But, if I’m honest, something else happened, too: I acquired a more nuanced understanding of my Islamic faith, a better appreciation of its morals, values and capacity for tolerance.
Gone are the days when girls would strut in front of a man’s family, serve chai, and share a special talent to impress her possible in-laws.
So can numerous others who are in search of their Mr Right and long to start a family.
Anyone who is familiar with the Muslim community knows that the lack of suitors for women has hit crisis point, as has the rise of spinsterhood.
Before we go any further, a bit of background – I was attacked heavily a few weeks ago by some of my co-religionists for suggesting in these pages that too many Muslims in this country have a “Jewish problem” and that we blithely “ignore the rampant anti-Semitism in our own backyard”.
I hope I won’t provoke the same shrieks of outrage and denial when I say that many Muslims also have a problem, if not with homosexuals, then with homosexuality.
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Learn more The exterior of Park 51—you may know it from scandalized media reports as “The Ground Zero Mosque”—didn’t look promising.As British Muslims ourselves we understand the significance of the identity and heritage we share.We believe that at Muslim&Single you will find a safe place to talk to & meet people from a similar background as yourself.In fact, a 2009 poll by Gallup found that British Muslims have zero tolerance towards homosexuality.“None of the 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable,” the reported in May that year. Orthodox Islam, like orthodox interpretations of the other Abrahamic faiths, views homosexuality as sinful and usually defines marriage as only ever a heterosexual union.Park 51 was supposed to be a 13-story community center featuring cultural programming, classes, and a fitness center. But after several romantic disappointments and increased parental pressures, I’m beginning to accept that life would be better if I could find a culturally compatible mate.