This piece unwittingly reveals how Islamic supremacists attempt to deceive unbelievers about Islam. Imad Enchassi, senior imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, “said while Muslims look at homosexuality as a sin, they recognize that they should ‘resent the sin and hug the sinner and be loving to the sinner as much as we can.'”
Enchassi thus gives no hint that Islam mandates that homosexuals be put to death. He instead gives the impression that just the opposite is the case: that Islam teaches that while homosexuality is a sin, one should be kind to homosexuals. In reality, the Qur’an says: “If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful.” (4:16) The Qur’an also depicts Allah raining down stones upon people for engaging in homosexual activity: “We also sent Lot. He said to his people: “Do you commit lewdness such as no people in creation committed before you? For you practise your lusts on men in preference to women: you 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!” (7:80)
Muhammad makes clear that Muslims should be the executors of the wrath of Allah by killing gays. A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.” (Abu Dawud 38:4447) And: “Stone the upper and the lower, stone them both.” (Ibn Majah 3:20:2562)
While Enchassi tries to cover this up, Adam Soltani, executive director of the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter, lets it slip that Allah commands that homosexuals be put to death when he says: “Regardless of what religion says about homosexuality, we uphold the sanctity of human life. It’s the utmost priority, so protecting human life is a priority.” Why would the “sanctity of life” come into play in this at all, if all Muslims are supposed to do is “hug the sinner and be loving to the sinner as much as we can”?
Enchassi, of course, is borrowing from Christian concepts — hate the sin, love the sinner — to whitewash Islam’s death penalty for homosexuality. He is being actively deceptive: his mosque, after all, has taught the caliphate and the destruction of the U.S. and Israel. And the Muslim who beheaded one of his coworkers in Oklahoma in 2014 frequented that mosque.
Soltani, on the other hand, lets the mask slip. And in doing so, he rejects Islam’s clear teaching about putting homosexuals to death. Will he be denounced as an apostate? No: other Muslims will know he is merely trying to deceive the Infidels.
“Oklahoma Muslim leaders say ‘sanctity of life’ outranks faith stance against homosexuality,” by Carla Hinton, NewsOK, June 26, 2016 (thanks to Bulldog):
In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, numerous Muslim leaders around the country stood alongside leaders from the gay community at prayer vigils and rallies held for victims of the tragedy.
Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed unequivocal support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights in a news conference held in Washington, D.C., immediately after the attack.
“For many years, members of the (LGBTQ) community have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim community against any acts of hate crimes, Islamophobia, marginalization and discrimination. Today, we stand with them, shoulder to shoulder,” Awad said. “We cannot fight injustice against some group and not against others.”
More recently, 65 American Muslim and LGBTQ organizations released a joint statement expressing their accord….
In Oklahoma, some Muslim leaders acknowledged that the June 12 shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando has piqued interest in Islamic views on homosexuality.
“That’s something that people are curious about,” said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter. “It’s not the story we necessarily want. We want stories about Muslims helping their communities but we know that people are talking about this.”…
John Ederer, imam of the Islamic Society of Tulsa, said the two groups have much in common.
“Right now, the truth is the gay community and Muslim community really are two of the most vilified and verbally abused communities,” he said during a recent interview.
Imad Enchassi, senior imam and founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said this shared defamation brings the groups together.
“Any minority group feels the pain of isolation, whether it be the LGBTQ community or the Jewish community or the African American community or the Hispanic community so there is a bond in all these minority groups based on isolation and we find solace in one another,” Enchassi said.
“In particular, when it comes to an incident like this one, we console one another.”
Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, an LGBTQ advocacy group, agreed.
“We’re talking about two communities that face some of the greatest discrimination in the country. That’s the issue that binds us,” Stevenson said.
“I think folks that live with oppression everyday recognize it in others and there’s a natural empathy.”…
Enchassi said Islam is an Abrahamic faith tradition and views homosexuality as a sin just as fornication and adultery are considered sins. He said this viewpoint is not unlike that of other faith traditions including some Christian faith traditions.
Enchassi said while Muslims look at homosexuality as a sin, they recognize that they should “resent the sin and hug the sinner and be loving to the sinner as much as we can.”
Ederer shared similar sentiments.
He said God prohibits homosexuality in the Quran. However, “God has sent the Prophet Muhammad and our religion mercy and compassion for all people and all life on Earth.”
“So we are absolutely against anybody being abused verbally or physically for whatever lifestyle they choose to hold or that they hold acceptable to them,” Ederer said. “It’s not my business to force my beliefs on anybody or to hate them or be abusive to them in any way, shape or form. So for somebody to be abusive to anyone, no matter what their beliefs or practices, we would defend them and we would stand against their oppressors.”
Soltani echoed Ederer’s thoughts, adding that protecting life is a priority in Islam.
“Regardless of what religion says about homosexuality, we uphold the sanctity of human life. It’s the utmost priority, so protecting human life is a priority,” Soltani said.