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KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in the country must not be easily influenced by the spread of homosexual lifestyle among Muslims in Europe, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim.
Mashitah said homosexuality was a major transgression of the Syariah and what was being practised overseas should not be emulated here.
“Just because they have a mosque for homosexuals, Muslims must not sympathise with them as it is still considered a major sin,” she said in response to the establishment of a mosque for homosexual Muslims in Southern France last Friday.
“They are using human rights as an excuse for them to do whatever their heart pleases but we must know what is right and wrong,” she said.
It was reported that the mosque, set up in a small room inside a Buddhist chapel by Mohamed Ludovic Zahed who is a gay Muslim who promotes same-sex marriages in France, had received criticisms from Muslim scholars.
Zahed, who is also the founder of Gay Muslims in France association, married his gay partner, Qiyam al-Din in South Africa.
Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, in sharing Mashitah’s sentiment, said Zahed’s promotion of a culture so deeply despised by the religion was wrong.
“I find his intention to provide a praying space for homosexual Muslims because they are not prevented from entering mosques and praying dubious.
“Why is there a need to set up a special mosque for the group?”
Harussani said although homosexuals were regarded as sinners but they were permitted to pray in a mosque.
He added that Zahed was probably seeking attention for his mission to allow same sex marriages and to promote homosexual lifestyles.
“I highly condemn his act of promoting what is considered ‘haram’ in Islam,” he said.