Muslims Have a Right to Take a Stand on Homosexuality

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    Gay marriages are an abomination in Islam
    Gay marriages are an abomination in Islam

     

    Almost every medium, print and electronic, have carried the same sex relationship as a news item in front pages and in news bulletin around the country for the past two years.

    Malawi Muslims Official website recently published a similar story titled “Malawi Muslim’s Body Calls for Death Penalty for Homosexuals” The story came as a follow up interview with the Secretary General as to find out the Body’s stand after realizing that all other faith groups in Malawi have also made their stand known to the country that they do not want homosexuality to be allowed in Malawi.

    Now what prompted me to comment is the outcry which has come especially on social media condemning the peaceful religion as if it is the only faith that has condemned the sinful act. Other stories in the past have also been written in favour of what Muslims stand by. A story by Simeon Maganga titled ‘Let Malawians vote on homosexuality’ [1]. And Another contribution  by a senior lecturer at the Malawi Polytechnic with the theme “Church Must Help People into heaven, not prison.”[2]

    It was the Islamic Information Bureau (IIB) through its National coordinator Sheikh Dinala Chabulika which warned Malawi Government not to surrender to the pressure from the donor community especially the UK/US in order to legalize homosexuality in the name of aid saying if they don’t want, it is better the donors should stay away with their aid. Malawi is a God fearing Nation; let no one dictate to us on anything in the name of aid.

    On a  Radio Islam programme monitored by www.malawimuslims.com,   Sheikh Dinala Chabulika is said to have cautioned  government not to  make decisions  for the sake of pleasing donors but rather should also respect and listen to the views of Malawian citizens who are against the practice of such ‘evil acts’.

    Sheikh Chabulika’s remarks   concurred with other religious leaders like Apostle Samuel Chilenje of Jesus Pentecostal Church who asked the president to call for referendum on whether Malawians should obey donors and not God on the issue of same sex relationship [3].  Agreeing to this view is the statement by the Evangelical Association of Malawi [4].  Furthermore, in the same paper, the Rastas vision Jah representing their denomination also followed suit and cautioned that they will demonstrate on gays,  the paper  also quoted www.bible.org website that Lehman Strauss presented what he calls a Christian perspective on  homosexuality suggesting its total non acceptability in society.

    Without quoting all the religions that have publicly given their stand point on the issue of same sex relationship, there is a  consensus that this issue is a sin before God and should not even waste tax payers money in either calling for a referendum or having it debated in parliament.

    What more would government need when almost every religion in the country has voiced its position through public media which is the most effective way of disseminating the information to the masses in this country. This is against the background that the President has revealed in London that the debate on this matter rests with members of Parliament because they represent their constituents and it is, therefore expected that what they decide represents the views of the Malawians [5].

    Almost all parties in Malawi have also expressed their positions regarding the matter , and according to Petra’s President Kamuzu Chibambo  who released a statement which stipulates  that the party is disturbed with the decriminalization of homosexuality and its allied practices which Petra suggests that its tantamount to legalizing same sex marriages and therefore requests for  Malawi government to tread with care. Petra also argues that it is misnomer [incorrect] to call same sex partnerships marriages. Malawi would be making a grave mistake to legalise same sex marriages ….as it would be onslaught on the family which is the bedrock of society.  I agree with Petra that this is the time to act, starting from all NGO’S, Faith leaders, Muslims, Christians within and outside the country to vehemently resist any intention directly or indirectly to legalise such an evil [6].

    I know that some may have the thinking of some NGO’S in Malawi who have been quoted in the media subscribing to the idea of same sex marriage like Centre for the Development of People (Cedep). In one article “We should learn to tolerate differences” [7] suggests that homosexuals and lesbians do not harm anyone except themselves, therefore, they should not be arrested for being different. The author argues that these people have a deviant behavior which should be accepted like any other mischief people do in our community but what the writer forgets is that if the world accepts such kind of thinking where if the society has some people who are deviant like sinners, adulterers murderers then we should accept these as norms. Unless the writer comes out clearly that one does not believe in God, because you cannot say the fearing of God status is nothing but a fallacy in order to justify the accommodation of people who are doing something unnatural. It does not work like that. Malawi is a God fearing Nation and shall remain the same until the Day of Judgment.

    I know the pressure is too much, that is why I am yet to see someone analyzing for me the statement by a visiting United Kingdom’s secretary Andrew Mitchel’s reply to a question by a MIJ reporter on minority rights (same sex marriages) in which he said, ” you are in a journey just like we were on a journey and that is a journey which needs to take place”. It means Malawi should bless itself that no matter  how long it may take, we shall have to compromise  and accept the  idea of homosexuality as they did [8]. How many things Malawi will be journeying on?

    References:

    [1] The Daily Times page 2, 13 June, 2012

    [2] The Nation page 14, 6 June, 2012

    [3] Nation on Sunday page 3, 27 May, 2012

    [4] The Daily times page 2, 13 June , 2012

    [5] The Nation page 2, 05 June, 2012

    [6] The Daily Times page 2, 21 May, 2012

    [7] A guest writer in The Daily Times, page 36, 31 May, 2012

    [8] The Daily Times Front Page, 01 June 2012