Imam Welcomes Gay Muslims to Worship and Marry

‘I have a slightly different vision of Islam, and it may take a while for the world to catch up.’
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I was looking for a picture of a gay Muslim wedding cake yesterday, just to poke fun at the wingnuts, but I found this Imam instead. He wasn’t lost, of course; the rest of us were if we thought he couldn’t exist.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah.

I didn’t find a credit for the above photo, but it appears on the Imam’s own website, smaller but less cropped.

The article below is from last April. I found it through this website, which is where I first saw the wonderful photo above. It makes a nice introduction.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah arrives by bus, sweaty and lugging a green bag stuffed with a Koran, two books of poetry by Persian mystic Rumi and three Islamic prayer rugs. Tonight, he’s speaking to a room full of young, gay activists and progressives after a screening of the documentary “I Am Gay and Muslim” at the Human Rights Campaign’s bright white Equality Center in downtown Washington.

But when the openly gay imam takes the stage, he stuns even this audience.

“I think we’re at the start of a movement: a more inclusive Islam in America,” says Abdullah, who runs Washington’s Light of Reform mosque and is thought to be the only publicly gay Muslim leader in the Western Hemisphere.

“So if you have any same-sex marriages,” he says with a soft smile and a shrug, “I’m available.”

Some young Muslims in attendance mumble, “Wow!” and “Seriously?”

[…]

Read the rest of it here: Imam Daayiee Abdullah Welcomes Gay Muslims to Worship, Marry

I also found an article from the Metro Weekly from 2006, which gives more insight into the Imam’s personal and spiritual journey.

A Man for All Seasons
Imam Daayiee Abdullah offers a gay Muslim’s insights for the holidays

[…]

This year, with the Christmas battlefield relatively quiet, a cheerful Abdullah took time from his day-to-day life of running his own foreign-language software company to speak with Metro Weekly. With an educational background in Chinese and Arabic languages, Middle Eastern studies, the Koran and law; extended periods of time spent in Beijing, Cairo, Damascus, Taipei, among other global spots; and decades of activism in the gay community, including moderation of an Internet group for gay Muslim men, there turned out to be quite a lot to talk about.

[…]

‘Cheerful’ seems to be his hallmark. Read the whole interview here.

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62 comments

1 dog philosopher  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:10:27pm

it is not proper to mention penis cakes in this thread

2 Dr. Matt  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:11:18pm
3 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:11:39pm

re: #1 dog philosopher

Too late.

4 Decatur Deb  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:14:03pm

re: #1 dog philosopher

it is not proper to mention penis cakes in this thread

Is this the marzipan thread?

5 austin_blue  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:14:23pm

We can’t mention penis cakes? Why can’t we mention penis cakes?

In any case, he looks like one happy imam. Good for him. Hope he’s already taken his hajj, though. I doubt the Kingdom of The Salafists would welcome him with open arms.

6 Dr. Matt  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:16:21pm

re: #1 dog philosopher

it is not proper to mention penis cakes in this thread

5 posts in and three mentioned penis cake and one mentions teabagging.

7 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:16:54pm

Masha’Allah. Good to see.

And now the ultimate way to advertise your supermarket.

Youtube Video

This is an ad for EDEKA Supermarket in Germany, featuring classically trained actor and director Hans-Holger Friedrich.

Epic.

8 b_sharp  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:17:13pm

re: #1 dog philosopher

it is not proper to mention penis cakes in this thread

I would never mention penis cake on a thread like this.

9 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:20:16pm

Well, The Pie Has Been Made.

It’s an Almond Cream Pie, with a “crust” (actually a bottom layer) of brownie mix.

The almond cream looks kind of translucent, not creamy, because it’s made with almond milk instead of regular milk.

I’ll cover it with whipped cream tomorrow.

10 Justanotherhuman  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:20:27pm

A truly remarkable person who has found himself and his niche. I like what he said about not objectifying people, too. It’s what we feminists have been saying for years and it’s refreshing to hear a gay man say it, too.

11 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:20:51pm

WW congrats on the promotion.

12 GeneJockey  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:21:55pm

re: #2 Dr. Matt

You’re welcome

UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!

13 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:23:24pm

re: #10 Justanotherhuman

A truly remarkable person who has found himself and his niche. I like what he said about not objectifying people, too. It’s what we feminists have been saying for years and it’s refreshing to hear a gay man say it, too.

I have no disagreement with anything he says. Granted, I may be an exception to what much of the ummah thinks, but I stand by my convictions.

Freedom, justice, equality, democracy and secularism.

14 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:24:30pm

re: #9 Pie-onist Overlord

Well, The Pie Has Been Made.
[Embedded image]

It’s an Almond Cream Pie, with a “crust” (actually a bottom layer) of brownie mix.

The almond cream looks kind of translucent, not creamy, because it’s made with almond milk instead of regular milk.

I’ll cover it with whipped cream tomorrow.

That looks delicious!

15 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:25:15pm

How is it this evening?

It’s cold in my part of the world.

16 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:25:30pm

re: #9 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m trying to lose weight.

I can’t look.

17 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:26:49pm

re: #15 FemNaziBitch

It is getting cold in NE Philly too. forecast.weather.gov

18 GeneJockey  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:26:49pm

re: #13 Dr Lizardo

I have no disagreement with anything he says. Granted, I may be an exception to what much of the ummah thinks, but I stand by my convictions.

Freedom, justice, equality, democracy and secularism.

“There’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim!!!”, says many a Christianist bigot who also thinks there’s no such thing as a tolerant Christian. I guess if you’re simpleminded, such a black-and-white world is the only one that makes sense.

19 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:27:53pm
20 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:28:15pm

The almond cream doesn’t look creamy, it looks like, um, what we were discussing in the previous thread. :{

21 GeneJockey  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:29:27pm

re: #19 FemNaziBitch

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Y Chromosome insufficiency, perhaps?

22 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:29:31pm

re: #19 FemNaziBitch

Bill put a cork in it.

23 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:30:48pm

re: #18 GeneJockey

“There’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim!!!”, says many a Christianist bigot who also thinks there’s no such thing as a tolerant Christian. I guess if you’re simpleminded, such a black-and-white world is the only one that makes sense.

There are far too many in the Islamic world who embrace an absolutist, Manichean worldview. Sadly, even more have embraced the revolutionary ideology of Qutbism, and fired up on a potent mix of religious extremism and a quasi-Leninist vanguardist mentality, this toxic brew is producing nothing but misery not for the Middle East but for the world at large.

Look at Boko Haram to see just how far it go; truly horrific. They’ve combined Sayyed Qutb with Pol Pot.

24 Stanley Sea  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:33:25pm

re: #19 FemNaziBitch

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All this pre-Hillary bullshit.

Just wait if she runs.

I wanna puke, it’s 2014 but you’d never know it.

25 Political Atheist  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:34:42pm

re: #20 Pie-onist Overlord

The almond cream doesn’t look creamy, it looks like, um, what we were discussing in the previous thread. :{

When it’s done it will be beautiful and the envy of palates across the Lizard nation.

26 Pie-onist Overlord  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:35:13pm

HURR HURR ISRAEL IS TEH WORSTEST COUNTRY IN TEH WHOLE WORLD WORSER THEN TEH NAZIS!!!! JUICE IS TEH EBIL!!!!!! NO OTHER COUNTRY EVER DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIENS IN TEH HISTORY OF EVER!!!!!!

27 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:36:00pm
28 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:36:17pm

re: #21 GeneJockey

Y Chromosome insufficiency, perhaps?

We are so much more balanced that way.

29 jaunte  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:37:12pm

re: #4 Decatur Deb

Is this the marzipan thread?

This must be that ‘notorious hate site’ I’ve been reading about.

30 Kragar  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:38:04pm

re: #29 jaunte

NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!

31 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:38:49pm


Imagine that?

32 GeneJockey  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:39:38pm

re: #30 Kragar

NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!
NOTORIOUS CAKE SITE!

“Places, everyone for the Great Pie Fight Site!”

33 GeneJockey  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:40:41pm

re: #31 FemNaziBitch

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Imagine that?

With Great Power Come Great Responsibility Fringe Benefits.

34 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:40:48pm

And with that, goodnight Lizards.

35 lawhawk  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:41:46pm

re: #19 FemNaziBitch

Gee, Margaret Thatcher would disagree with that sentiment. As would Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Angela Merkel, and that’s just recent history.

That doesn’t include historical figures like Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Catherine de’ Medici, Catherine the Great, etc.

So Bill O’Reilly can take his misogynistic nonsense and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

37 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:43:03pm

re: #35 lawhawk

Gee, Margaret Thatcher would disagree with that sentiment. As would Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Angela Merkel, and that’s just recent history.

That doesn’t include historical figures like Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Catherine de’ Medici, Catherine the Great, etc.

So Bill O’Reilly can take his misogynistic nonsense and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

Do not forget China’s Dowager Empress.

38 Stanley Sea  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:47:06pm

re: #35 lawhawk

Gee, Margaret Thatcher would disagree with that sentiment. As would Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Angela Merkel, and that’s just recent history.

That doesn’t include historical figures like Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Catherine de’ Medici, Catherine the Great, etc.

So Bill O’Reilly can take his misogynistic nonsense and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

Your list is our beautiful history. But does not fit Fox News business plan for the next 4.

He doesn’t give a shit. He just wants his minions to get fired up against Hillary. Pre-emptively.

Prop O Ganda awayyyyyy!

39 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:47:32pm

re: #35 lawhawk

And Elizabeth II. :)

40 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:48:29pm
41 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:49:44pm
42 Bubblehead II  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:51:47pm

As some of you know, I posted last night I got tossed off my scooter after hitting a pothole the other night. Test results are in and no cracked ribs. Blunt force trauma to the right side. It still hurts like hell to sneeze/cough though. On the plus side, since the work load is minimal my manager has offered to let me take my vacation now instead of next week. I took her up on it. Guess your stuck with me a week earlier than you expected.

43 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:52:09pm
44 wrenchwench  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:53:38pm

re: #42 Bubblehead II

As some of you know, I posted last night I got tossed off my scooter after hitting a pothole the other night. Test results are in and no cracked ribs. Blunt force trauma to the right side. It still hurts like hell to sneeze/cough though. On the plus side, since the work load is minimal my manager has offered to let me take my vacation now instead of next week. I took her up on it. Guess your stuck with me a week earlier than you expected.

{……Bubblehead…….}

I hope that didn’t hurt. Are you able to have any vacation fun in your condition?

45 wrenchwench  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:57:58pm

Later, lizards.

46 Kragar  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 5:58:40pm
47 Roger S  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:00:29pm

re: #37 FemNaziBitch

She was terrible though. But yes she was an iron-willed ruler.

48 electrotek  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:03:06pm

Homophobia is so pervasive among Muslims that even sites that claim to fight bigotry like Loonwatch is full of homophobic Muslims who view homosexuals as “degenerates” yet they are the first to cry Islamophobia when something bad happens to Muslim.

49 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:03:31pm

re: #42 Bubblehead II

As some of you know, I posted last night I got tossed off my scooter after hitting a pothole the other night. Test results are in and no cracked ribs. Blunt force trauma to the right side. It still hurts like hell to sneeze/cough though. On the plus side, since the work load is minimal my manager has offered to let me take my vacation now instead of next week. I took her up on it. Guess your stuck with me a week earlier than you expected.

{{{{{{Bubblehead II}}}}}}

50 Bubblehead II  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:05:22pm

re: #44 wrenchwench

{……Bubblehead…….}

I hope that didn’t hurt. Are you able to have any vacation fun in your condition?

Gee, Hitting the ground @ 10 mph and having a set of handle bars slam into my side at the same time didn’t hurt. Why, it felt like my first kiss.

Hell, I plan on hiking the Craters of The Moon this week. You?

51 Stanley Sea  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:06:37pm

re: #42 Bubblehead II

As some of you know, I posted last night I got tossed off my scooter after hitting a pothole the other night. Test results are in and no cracked ribs. Blunt force trauma to the right side. It still hurts like hell to sneeze/cough though. On the plus side, since the work load is minimal my manager has offered to let me take my vacation now instead of next week. I took her up on it. Guess your stuck with me a week earlier than you expected.

Bubblehead, I have always wanted an electric razor, you crazy you. I had a moped & an electric bike, but they were tame.

Hope you feel better.

52 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:06:48pm

re: #42 Bubblehead II

Rib injuries are the worst. Ice it whenever it gets sore, that’s all I got.

53 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:08:47pm

re: #48 electrotek

Homophobia is so pervasive among Muslims that even sites that claim to fight bigotry like Loonwatch is full of homophobic Muslims who view homosexuals as “degenerates” yet they are the first to cry Islamophobia when something bad happens to Muslim.

Que?

54 RadicalModerate  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:09:31pm

re: #46 Kragar

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Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Why don’t activists get mad when people call me ‘Hitler’?

Gee, I wonder why they would call you that, Joe? It wouldn’t be because of your direct association with white supremacist individuals and groups and the use of your office to profile and harass Latinos and blacks now could it?

Check the credit for the picture.

55 Kragar  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:10:46pm

re: #52 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

Rib injuries are the worst. Ice it whenever it gets sore, that’s all I got.

Before I learned how to manage my asthma, I used to hurt my ribs coughing too much. Cold weather was always the worst.

56 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:12:21pm

bbl

57 Bubblehead II  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:26:08pm

re: #51 Stanley Sea

Bubblehead, I have always wanted an electric razor, you crazy you. I had a moped & an electric bike, but they were tame.

Hope you feel better.

I am working on some plans to actually make this thing into something that’s more than a 12 yr olds toy. Being able to hook up a light weight trailer is one of my first goals.

58 sagehen  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:34:19pm

re: #9 Pie-onist Overlord

Well, The Pie Has Been Made.
[Embedded image]

It’s an Almond Cream Pie, with a “crust” (actually a bottom layer) of brownie mix.

The almond cream looks kind of translucent, not creamy, because it’s made with almond milk instead of regular milk.

I’ll cover it with whipped cream tomorrow.

Covering it would be good. Because the color and the texture are… sorry, it looks gross. I’m sure it’s delicious (at least for people who like almonds), but it’s definitely not the one I’d pick out of a selection of your past pies. If that was the only pie on offer, I’d go for seconds on the brisket and skip dessert altogether.

59 chadu  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 7:06:29pm

I have returned from obit-land.

60 Ming  Thu, Feb 27, 2014 7:09:24pm

I’m very happy to read about this tolerant Imam. This reminds me of my reaction to Pope Francis: even though I don’t share his beliefs, it’s such a rare pleasure to read about someone in the news and ADMIRE them.

61 Decatur Deb  Fri, Feb 28, 2014 4:25:05am

re: #29 jaunte

This must be that ‘notorious hate site’ I’ve been reading about.

LGF falls from the purity of Iron Fist and Tax Free Killer to the abyss of gay imams. Curse the corrupting lure of Reason.

62 rosiee  Fri, Feb 28, 2014 9:28:17am

re: #26 Pie-onist Overlord

wtf is wrong with blummenthal


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