Gay and Muslim
The idea of being gay and Muslim seems irreconcilably mutually exclusive, given the Quranic injunctions on the matter:
"Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!"
"Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay, ye are a people (grossly) ignorant!"
"For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds."
"And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!"
Channel 4 earlier this week aired the Gay Muslims documentary, so obviously the idea of being homosexual and Muslim is entering public conciousness. Especially after Iqbal Sacranie of the MCB came out with the injunction that homosexuality was "harmful". A statement for which he had to suffer the indignity of a police investigation. Way to go Sir Iqbal - just when you needed another PR indignity like a hole in the head.
Anyone would think that Sacranie is being overly defensive. Either that or he has no idea of just how widespread homosexuality is in the Muslim world, not just Muslims in the West, but also in its history. Homosexuality is widespread in Muslim countries today - even if societies dare not speak its name. Historically, there have been many Muslim saints who have chastely adored the male form as a path to gnostic enlightenment - as recorded by Ibn Arabi in his writings of travels amongst Andalucian saints. So, there's certainly a spiritual precedent of conciliation.
Still, one hopes that blogs that tackle this matter head on get all the support they need. And such a blog is Eye on Gay Muslims.