Colorado Imam Karim AbuZaid: LGBTQ’s “Evil” is Influencing & infiltrating Black Lives Matter & Muslim Community

Colorado Imam Karim AbuZaid: LGBTQ’s “Evil” is Influencing & infiltrating Black Lives Matter & Muslim Community

Imam Karim Abuzaid is the imam of Colorado Muslim Society (CMS). He is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies with the American Open University of Alexandria, VA. His studies are concentrated in Fundamentals of Islam and Quranic and Hadith Sciences. Imam Karim is a Hafiz Al-Qur’an, having committed the complete text of the Qur’an to memory. Below is a partial transcript of a lecture that Premiered September 18, 2020

The scheming. They are not going to come to you straight forward. And that is the approach of evil always. Like Satan said to Adam ‘just see the tree. Do not eat from the tree is is forbidden. We are dealing with that scheming here. I read in some history how the the ABGT Groups in America managed to be accepted in our community in a 20 year’s time… We cannot inflict any harm upon them whatsoever. We cannot do that. That is a disclaimer before I even speak. That we are not inciting hate towards that particular group. No! I am trying to protect my children... Number one, brothers and sisters in Islam, the source of what is right, what is wrong is Allah. Not voting, not democracy, Allah tells me that intercourse has to be done within wedlock, in marriage between a man and a woman, that’s it… He is trying to tell you that the source of character, morality, the source of what is right and what is wrong, what is accepted and what is not accepted is Islam, is AllahAssured us, asserted us that he created us male and female. There is no third. There is no other. I had an interview with a 25-year experienced teacher in the public school system, not a Muslim. I am not belittling her– she can choose whatever religion she wants. Not a Muslim. The amount of strategizing, the amount of scheming to confuse your children in the public school system about their gender. Here is the interesting piece – they associate this with Black Lives Matter. We know that there is some issue with treating the African American community in America. We have seen George Floyd. …. If your guy is going to push your agenda lets include that agenda too. So, part of the Black Lives Matter curriculum to spread good treatment of African American community is this – is to include the LGBT groups. If you are going to push this one, we have to be there because we are oppressed too… Emphasize the gender to you boys. Come on, man – you are a boy, man! What colour is this you are wearing? pink?…. Sports. Basketball is a good thing…. That is a good training, basketball, swimming, archery, horseback-riding. Do not teach them golfing. Teach them something that fits. Girls, teach them sewing. You’ve got to keep them busy

To add further context to this lecture and the diversity of opinion regarding this issue, we include guidance from the popular site Islam Q&A

Islam Q&A is an academic, educational, da‘wah website which aims to offer advice and academic answers based on evidence from religious texts in an adequate and easy-to-understand manner. These answers are supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid.

Question

What is the punishment for homosexuality? Is there any differentiation between the one who does it and the one to whom it is done?

al-Tirmidhi (1456), Abu Dawood (4462) and Ibn Maajah (2561) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas  said: The Messenger of Allaah  said: “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.”. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi. 

The Sahaabah were unanimously agreed on the execution of homosexuals, but they differed as to how they were to be executed. Some of them were of the view that they should be burned with fire, which was the view of ‘Ali and also of Abu Bakr, as we shall see below. And some of them thought that they should be thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them. This was the view of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him). 

The scholars differed as to whether it is to be punished more severely than zina, or whether the punishment for zina should be more severe, or whether the punishments should be the same. There are three points of view: 

Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq, ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, Khaalid ibn al-Waleed, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Zubayr, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas, Maalik, Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, Imam Ahmad according to the more sound of the two reports from him and al-Shaafa’i according to one of his opinions, were of the view that the punishment for homosexuality should be more severe than the punishment for zina, and the punishment is execution in all cases, whether the person is married or not. 

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Are Diverse Opinions on Execution of Blasphemers Acceptance of Diversity?

Are Diverse Opinions on Execution of Blasphemers Acceptance of Diversity?

The beheading crisis of French teacher Samuel Paty is addressed in a lecture by Texas born Imam, & PhD scholar Yasir Qadhi. Below is an excerpt of the lecture dealing with Islamic jurisprudence.  Premiered Nov 4, 2020

To make a point to be sacrilegious to the faith of Islam this is something that the books of fique [Jurisprudence] would not accept, allow. Now after this comes the issue of punishment. What is the punishment for the one who would do this? There is a differentiation if it comes from a Muslim or from a non-Muslim. Also there is some discussion whether the person has the opportunity to repent or not to repent. The details of this are much longer than this topic deserves. The majority position though, and some have claimed ijma [consensus] if there was clear intent, then the majority position is that indeed the penalty for public blasphemy is indeed execution. This is the reality of what our books of fique [jurisprudence] state. Some scholars say that he [blasphemer] should be allowed the opportunity to repent. And others said that a public provocation requires a public punishment and that repentance will be private between him and Allah MHNBE. Some other scholars differentiated between somebody who blasphemes against Allah versus somebody who blasphemes against the Messenger PBUH. A lot of discussion that again is beyond the scope of this. Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah [13th century Islamic scholar of the Hanbali school] by the way has a very thorough book on in this regard which is titled as-Sarim al-Maslul ‘ala Shatim ar-Rasul [The Drawn Sword against those who insult the Messenger], which is basically a very detailed explanation, as well it is over 500 pages about the ruling of the one who makes fun of the messenger and of course he took the position which is the majority position that this person should be executed. Some have claimed that there is ijma on this issue and they quote Ibn al-Mundhir, one of the early scholars of Islam. who wrote a book about ijma – unanimous consensus. Ibn al-Mundhir that there is ijma, that whoever curses the Prophet MHNBE, that he is to be executed. Video

The following is from Islam Q&A , an academic, educational and da‘wah website, supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid.

Question; Is it permissible to execute a married adulterer by some method other than stoning, such as killing him with a sword or by shooting him?

Based on this, it is not permissible to replace stoning with killing by the sword or shooting, because stoning is a more severe punishment and a more effective deterrent to the sin of zina.

It is essential to stone the married adulterer until he dies, following the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as it is proven that he said that, did it and enjoined it. The Messenger of Allaah PBUH stoned Maa’iz, the Juhani woman, the Ghaamidi woman, and the two Jews.

Dissenting opinion

Is it permissible to execute a married adulterer by some method other than stoning, such as killing him with a sword or by shooting him?

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam”.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left this movement and now identifies as a Sunni.