Earlier today, two bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon. 2 people have been killed, and 100+ injured. Not much else is known.
The only thing we can do now is pray. Right now, I’m making d’ua for the victims and their families. May Allah be merciful with them, and grant them peace. And may Allah enable those responsible to be brought to justice. For Allah is Merciful, and Allah is Just.
And I know it often feels like you’re doing nothing. But du’a, prayer, is something, and it’s something important. There’s no one who can help more than Allah. Your d’ua go to the throne of Allah. And you won’t be drowned out, Allah will hear you. Know that, Allah hears all. And that means you.
So, please make this d’ua. And reblog it so others can do the same. If you’re new to this, here’s what I used as a starting point. But remember, the only d’ua that you Allah for sure won’t answer is the one you don’t make. Peace and Blessing to you all.
On behalf of the team at IANH, I’d like to extend a massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has supported/asked/contributed in anyway since our inception.
When we began we wanted to create somewhere where those who were struggling with piecing together their sexuality or gender identity and their Muslim-ness could come to talk to someone. We didn’t and still don’t profess to having the answers, or having figured it all out for ourselves. We can however empathise and share our journeys.
It’s certainly been humbling for me to work with a group of amazing people who I am proud to call family. I thank them for turning IANH into such an amazing ‘helpdesk’.
We have lots of plans that we’ll share with you as we near our 1 year anniversary in May. We want to get you all involved so keep your eyes peeled.
Hi Ian, always wonderful to hear from you!
Exegesis is very important for students of the Qur’an, because the Arabic language used in the Holy Text is not only insanely complicated, it is old and currently unused in normal speech.
There would not be so many historical and contemporary interpretations of the Book— or so many scholars constantly making updated decisions based on their understanding— if this weren’t so.
While many Muslims use the Hadith (which is a collection of anecdotes about the life of the Prophet, as recorded by his companions and the companions of the Caliphs), some Muslims also believe the Hadith to be flawed guidelines.
Even those who abide by the Hadith have a gauge of “accuracy” or “canonical” importance when researching them.
When ignoring Hadith completely, exegesis of the Qur’an is usually referred to as Quranology, and studied by Quranists.
My first personal contact with pro-homosexuality Muslims were Quranists, and many Quranists I know use the language to dissect the condemnation of same-sex relations (or lack thereof) within the context of the Qur’an.
So to offer a shorter answer, yes, exegesis and interpretation are some of the big tools behind supporting homosexuality in Islam.
I pray this answers your question, and I pray that this finds you in good health.
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