Some Imams Don’t Get It – Compassion Trumps Bigotry – Love Overcomes Hate

Al-Maghrib instructors, Mohammed Faqih (far left) who also serves as the Imam at the IIOC mosque in Anaheim, California and Abdulbary Yahya (next to Faqih) who also serves as the Imam at Masjid Jaamiul Muslimeen in Seattle had this to stay about the recent passage of legislation in New York state legalizing same-sex marriage:

Faqih on his facebook page and twitter: “Nauseated and feeling sick! Couldn’t give tonight’s lecture and had to ask for a sub… I thought it was the sub I had for lunch, turns out to be the “new law” NY has just passed.”

Yahya on his ironically titled blog Nourishing the [Straight] Mind, Body, & Soul:

“Please don’t call it marriage. Dear New York and those who follow your path,If you are going to legalize the union of two people of the same sex, please don’t call it marriage.  Find another word for it.  Marriage from the time of Adam and Eve till now has always been: “The formal union of a man and a woman.” I can help you with some words if you want…like “Gomorrahiage”, “Soddomiage”, and I can go on but I know you guys are smart enough to make one up yourselves.

Oh and please don’t go protesting in front of Websters, Oxford, Cambridge, dictionary,com and other such companies and institutions to force them to change their definition for you.

I once heard Riad Ouarzazi mention his time as a taxi driver in California and his dislike and disdain for picking up gay passengers complete with full affected facial and hand gestures. Once he picked up two gay men and they embraced inside his cab so Ouarzazi made sure to break suddenly at least once or more so their heads would painfully bump against each other and their ride would be as unpleasant as possible. Compassion and mercy FAIL.
To sit in Al-Maghrib Institute classes where bigoted statements about gays and lesbians are normalized is difficult but to their credit not all of the teachers express such bigoted statements publicly. Men who wear dresses and affectionately hug and kiss other men hoping for multicultural understanding shouldn’t throw stones.
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New York, New York, New York – Thank You!!!!

On Friday, New York became the sixth state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. The District of Columbia also recognizes same-sex marriage. I’ve had that refrain of Alicia Keys belting out the “New York!!!!” refrain from Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind single since the news was announced.

New York!!!!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York!!!
These streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York