Being Muslims and gay in the UK

Amrou Al-Kadhi, who identifies as a gay agnostic Muslim, responded to the first same-sex Muslim British marriage by expanding on the experience of other sexually diverse Muslims. Al-Kadhi reflects on the experience, from a young age, of being “forced to imagine myself in the pits of hell” for all sins including homosexuality.

When Al-Kadhi’s parents’ discovery that Al-Kadhi was gay, their relationship fell apart, mostly because of fear of judgement from extended relatives.

Many Muslims in the UK see being Muslim and gay as “an utter irreconcilability.”

Al-Kadhi notes that Christian communities have had the same conflict; however, the British public is not as shocked when Christian communities have started to accept gay people as it is when talking about Muslims.

The author recognises a spiritual connection to the world related to Islam but has been push out of “Muslim” communities. A friend, Umber Ghauri, identifies as Muslim and calls for recognition of gender progressiveness in Islamic history.

Al-Kadhi calls for celebrating gender and sexual autonomy in all faiths.

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