The literature apparently gets some of its material from Minhaj al-Muslim, reminding one again of the comment-box apologists we’ve encountered who have insisted they’ve never heard of this book and we must have picked it out of the clear blue sky to tar Islam’s reputation.
Then this guy must be a total Islamophobe. Or an Islamohomophobe. Or a Homoislamophobe? “‘I was doing my duty as a Muslim,’ says father who handed out leaflets saying gay people should be hanged,” by Lucy Buckland for the Daily Mail, January 16 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A father has told a court he was only doing his duty as a Muslim by handing out leaflets calling for gay people to be executed.
Kabir Ahmed, 28, said he handed a leaflet called Death Penalty? to a policeman and stuffed them through letterboxes across Derby because he was spreading the word of God as taught by Islam.
He said: ‘My intention was to do my duty as a Muslim, to inform people of God’s word and to give the message on what God says about homosexuality.’
Married Ahmed, who has a nine-month-old daughter, is on trial with four other men at Derby Crown Court charged with inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, the first prosecution of its kind since legislation came into force in March 2010.
At the opening of the trial last week jurors were shown the Death Penalty? leaflet, which shows an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and says that homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty under Islam.
He said it.
The leaflet states: ‘The death sentence is the only way this immoral crime can be erased from corrupting society and act as a deterrent for any other ill person who is remotely inclined in this bent way.’
It goes on: ‘The only dispute amongst the classical authorities was the method employed in carrying out the penal code,’ and then goes on to offer burning, being flung from a high point such as a mountain or building, or being stoned to death as suitable methods.
There it is: “Gay people should be thrown head first off high buildings and if not killed on hitting the ground, they should be then stoned to death.” – Minhaj al-Muslim (The Way of the Muslim)
Giving evidence today Ahmed, wearing a pair of grey trousers and a black shirt, said he had handed one of the Death Penalty? leaflets to PC Stephen Gregory on July 2 2010 as he was passing by the area of the Jamia Mosque in Rosehill Street following Friday prayers.
He told the court he felt it was his duty as a Muslim to inform and advise people wherever they may be committing sins, he would be failing if he did not. […]
Calling for anyone to be put to death is quite different from expressing disapproval of any kind of behavior.
Prosecutor Bobbie Cheema told the court the Death Penalty? leaflet was not educational or informative but was simply ‘threatening, offensive, frightening and nasty.’