My reflections of attending the San Francisco gay pride parade

Travelling America has definitely opened me up to a lot of different values, cultures and mindsets. However the most interesting think I have witnessed in may short time in America was being part of the world famous San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Here is my reflections from the day.

I have been travelling for 5 and a half months now: Through 6 different countries and two continents. After travelling for this long, you would think that I have witnessed all types of situations and scenarios, and therefore should not be easily shocked. However on Sunday the 29th of June I was shocked!

When I saw men of all legal ages, wearing outfits that allows the sun to shine in places where darkness is generally the rule. And seeing crevices in broad daylight previously unobserved left me first aghast and then shocked!

Never before have I seen a man ride a bike with nothing but a sock covering his gentleman areas.

I started wondering and reflecting why my first reaction was shock. I came to the conclusion that over the past 18 years of my life religion has brain-washed me to be against homosexuality. And I in my own error have not questioned my religion, but followed it blindly. Like a puppet dancing to its master.

Experiencing this parade has definitely made me question my religion. After all it is only through questioning can our conviction become stronger.

Since I started questioning my religion about this matter I have realised that, time after time people use religion as an excuse to demonise and victimise those who are gay, lesbian and transgender. However, who are we to judge our fellow human beings?

None of us have been created superior to one another. What gives us the right to tell another person that he cannot have a relationship with another person of the same sex?. Or that someone can’t change gender?

At the end of the day there is only one being who can judge an individual and that is God. Why are we humans constantly trying to be God and insist on passing judgements on people.

Pope Francis put this in a really beautiful way, when he was asked about the “gay lobby” in the Vatican.

He said:

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

This is a powerful message for all of us. A message for all of us to reflect on.

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Posted on July 11, 2014, in USA & Canada and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Almighty Allah in the holy Quran says surah al Araf 7:80-7:81
    ” and we sent Lut when he said to his people, what !do you commit an indecency which any one in the world has not done before you? Most surely you come to males in lust besides females, nay you are an extravagant people, and continued verse 83- 84, so we delivered him and his followers except his wife, she was of those who remained behind. And we rained upon them a rain, consider then what was the end of the quilty.
    May Almighty help us not make normal of the evil vices surronding us. Good luck on your travels. Duas.

  2. This is a very powerful reflection. You are right in challenging your faith and as you continue to do so, remember that with this right comes responsibility. Sitting in judgement of others is perhaps easily done. And as a man of Faith, Pope Francis has perhaps captured the essence of the beauty of God.

    Continue writing these blogs.

    • Salam Alaikum Yasin, these are truly shocking comments about a shocking post. It shows that the secular agenda of westoxication is successful at the highest levels. Let’s question everything and accept nothing…this is the basis for shaking even the fundamental beliefs in God, and especially make the faith, the supposed way of life, ineffective. All we need to do is to “close our eyes” and say a prayer, and make sure to leave the politics out. We have forgotten or perhaps never properly understood some of the basics of our faith, that you may question only the Usool-e-Deen, but after that you must accept EVERYTHING, and it is forbidden to question, except to understand.

  3. Jaffer H Dharamsi

    Catching up on your blog, I just read your reflections of attending the San Francisco Gay parade. As Muslims we are encouraged to seek knowledge and to reflect and therefore there can never be justification for any Muslim to be brain-washed. As you reflect regarding your faith you have to consider why Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala in the Holy Qur’an has revealed to us the following:

    Qur’an (7:80-84) – “…For ye practice 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)” – An account that is borrowed from the Biblical story of Sodom. Muslim scholars through the centuries have interpreted the “rain of stones” on the town as meaning that homosexuals should be stoned, since no other reason is given for the people’s destruction. (The story is also repeated in suras 27 and 29).

    Qur’an (7:81) – “Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you?” This verse is part of the previous text and it establishes that homosexuality as different from (and much worse than) adultery or other sexual sin. According to the Arabic grammar, homosexuality is called the worst sin, while references elsewhere describe other forms of non-marital sex as being “among great sins.”

    Qur’an (26:165-166) – “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”

    Qur’an (4:16) – “If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone” This is the Yusuf Ali translation. The original Arabic does not use the word “men” and simply says “two from among you.” Yusuf Ali may have added the word “men” because the verse seems to refer to a different set than referred to in the prior verse (explicitly denoted as “your women”). In other words, since 4:15 refers to “your women”, 4:16 is presumably written to and refers to men.

    While you are reflecting consider our role model who was given prophethood by Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala to guide us on how we live in this universe.

    Bukhari (72:774) – “The Prophet cursed effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, ‘Turn them out of your houses .’ The Prophet turned out such-and-such man, and ‘Umar turned out such-and-such woman.”

    Homosexuality is, of course, not a new behaviour. It has existed in practically all cultures and among all people, but usually in fewer numbers and in secrecy, not with an “in your face” attitude as it does in the west now. Unfortunately this is the reality of the times we live in, especially in the western societies, and we need to deal with it. The Homosexual, or the gay as they call themselves, in an attempt to polish their image, constitute a very active and powerful lobby group. They have strong political and social ties and access to the elites of the society, especially in the US. Even though majority of the people in the US believe that homosexual behaviour is wrong, it is intriguing, but never the less remarkable, that the homosexuals have gained public acceptance for their behaviour in a very short period of time. This acceptance by the US public is a reflection of people who are committed to their cause and give due thought, time, money and effort to achieve their purpose, though a wrong one.

    The homosexual’s agenda is a very simple one to make their behaviour acceptable as NORMAL, and in the process recruit more to their ranks. They have a sophisticated and multifaceted campaign to achieve their goals. These include active participation in social and political issues other than their immediate ones, like feeding the hungry and dealing with human right issues. They promote their agenda through legislation, presenting themselves as victims of prejudice and discrimination, helping to enact the gender discrimination act, legalising and securing full benefits for same gender marriage, funding research similar to the hypothalamus issue (which shows a genetic propensity to homosexuality), teaching at even kindergarten level that the two-male or the two female can make a family unit which is an acceptable alternative that is even comparable to the traditional MOM and POP family, religious and moral blurring on the stand by establishing gay churches and synagogues, etc.

    The strength of the movement was demonstrated by the outbreak of AIDS. Up to that point in history, there was a standard to deal with ALL communicable diseases. The scientifically developed and tested system that is in place to contain communicable diseases was bypassed with political muscle. As a result, the disease spread very rapidly and affected many innocent lives through blood supply and other preventable methods whose implementation was suppressed politically. AIDS, a communicable disease up to that point that mainly affected the homosexuals, was forced to become a political issue and became the exception to the rule. The innocent were put at risk and their lives made a living hell, some were even lost just for a political gain. The lie that is being promoted is that AIDS is equally rampant amongst the heterosexuals as it is amongst the homosexuals. Statistics contradicts this statement.

    Ammar – please continue to reflect and seek knowledge. As I said earlier, brain washing is not Islamic

  4. You gay homosexual deviant. When you are back from san francisco I will hunt you down and hospitalise you and your friends and send you to the caves where you belong. We know who you are you gay blogger.

  5. And what gives you the right to threaten and abuse someone for expressing their opinion? You should be ashamed

  6. One possible reason why you were shocked at seeing openly displayed in a public parade male (or perhaps female also) nudity without any restraint or constraint could be that your fitrat or nature that God gave you from birth found this display inconsistent with the values of good and evil ingrained in your fitrat by your creator.
    Your conclusion that your religion had brainwashed you against this activity and type of relationship needs to be critically evaluated by yourself. Some questions to help you think and reflect on this.
    What do you mean by brainwashing here. How do you distinguish between brainwashing and guidance. Do the moral values taught and emphasised by our secular laws against violent crimes like murder, rape and robbery constitute brainwashing or guidance. Just because you did not have occasion or opportunity to think about the basis and reasons for the guidance of your religion in respect of moral values does that ipso facto render the moral values brainwashing. If you followed blindly good values that does not make the good values brainwashing. The remedy for your blind following is to reflect why such matters were prohibited by your religion.
    Obeying your God and Creator whose slave you are – is this like a puppet dancing to its master. God did not foce you to follow his guidance but gave you freedom to obey or rebel from his teachings. The fact that you have ability to say what you now say is manifestation that God has given you freedom. But with freedom comes responsibility and with freedom and responsibility comes consequences of your freedom. You need to reflect on this.
    In order to question your religion you need first to understand the basis of your religion and faith and belief system. The basis of your faith is that God is creator and is the only God without any partners ie Tawhid. If God created you how do you find out why were you created and what is your destiny after this life. To do that God sent us revealed books and prophets. So logically you need to read the revealed books including Quran to be able to understand your faith and religion. Who for you represents the prophet of God in todays age? You need to reflect on the role and teachings of his Ahlul Bayt. This is the prerequisite of questioning your faith and religion.
    You have acknowledged that at the end of the day there is only one being who can judge an individual and that is God. How has God judged people who follow his moral values and teachings. How do you find that out. You will need to read and contemplate on Quran to find out how God has judged this matter. If God has judged on this in His Teachings who are we to contradict God.
    If you were doing a post graduate at any western University on this theme and subject this is the procedure you would need to evaluate and assess your religion. So now you have embarked on this path of self discovery why don’t you follow this well tested academic procedure. If you need help in doing this please contact me and any of our knowledgeable and learned colleagues all over the world available to help you.
    With duas and salaams
    Maqbul Rahim

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