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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 28th May 2023 22:09
In contemporary job interviews, interviewers are increasingly asking questions like, "What are your views on working with a gay colleague?" Some Muslims may consider their response astute by stating that a person's private life does not impact their ability to work with them in a professional environment.

However, this perspective does not demonstrate astuteness but rather implies acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and indicates a lack of abhorrence towards homosexual acts. If Muslims refer to the Quran and Hadith regarding the actions of the people of Lut, it becomes evident that these acts are severely condemned, leaving no room for a Muslim to justify or evade their stance.

Furthermore, it implies a rejection of the Hadith stating that when evil deeds become prevalent in a society, irrespective of whether they occur privately, Allah's anger and punishment descend. How then can we claim that a person's private actions are of no concern to us? As representatives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on this Earth, it is our duty to enjoin good and forbid evil. Therefore, it is neither astute nor intellectual to assert that the sins individuals commit privately and openly promote as normal and equal should not concern us.

Muslim university graduates have often been influenced by the art of rhetorical embellishment (zukhruf al-qawl) and may believe they are being clever with their wordplay when addressing topics such as LGBTQ. While we may deceive others about our intellect through such responses, Allah knows that it is the weakness of faith in our hearts that compels us to answer in a vague and non-committal manner.

Furthermore, responding in a roundabout manner in the first place opens the door to more questions, such as "Do you believe gays have equal rights?" or "Do you consider gay marriage equal to heterosexual marriage?" The Quran warns us that those who promote immorality will never be satisfied until we abandon our religion. This means that compromising on one answer will lead to further compromising positions.

Recent events, like the case of a public figure who made statements contrary to Islamic beliefs regarding LGBTQ issues under pressure from a non-Muslim interviewer, serve as evidence of this phenomenon. Some "Muslims" attempted to support him by claiming compulsion (ikrah), even without understanding the Islamic threshold for compulsion. By the end of his response, he had engaged in mental and verbal gymnastics, causing confusion and ambiguity.

If Western secularist atheists openly promote immorality, Muslims should not be ashamed to politely and unequivocally state the truth from the beginning, particularly in a job interview setting. A simple statement like, "My religion prohibits homosexuality and its promotion, and I do not consider those who engage in it as equals," addresses the issue directly and prevents further inquiries. Once this stance is made clear, no one can press for additional explanations.

It is insignificant to be labeled a homophobe, as it merely resembles the labels Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) faced from his opponents. Allah revealed verses to refute those labels and attest to the Prophet's sanity and outstanding character. Muslims should take pride in emulating the Prophet and anticipate an eternal reward. In the hereafter, the truth will become evident, and those who encounter opposition for proclaiming the truth should find solace in the Prophet's life and the companions' examples. Allah assures in the Quran, "And every story We relate to you from the news of the messengers is that by which We make firm your heart." This is how one can maintain steadfastness on such matters.

I could elaborate further, but the preceding text should suffice. In conclusion, it is imperative for a Muslim to refrain from compromising their beliefs by providing what are often referred to as "astute" answers. By taking even a single step on this compromising path, a Muslim risks eventually traversing it entirely. No employment opportunity is worth jeopardizing one's faith. A Muslim should place their trust (Tawakkul) in Allah and understand that their sustenance (rizq) is predetermined. Not a single grain more or less will reach them beyond what Allah Ta'ala has decreed. Additionally, their life will not come to an end until they have received their allotted portion.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 29th May 2023 18:14
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Sorry, kindly don't misinterpret me.

Years back, we used to attend our job, 100% haram environment, nudity, free handshakes, freely mixing with colleagues.

We never said in our interview, this environment is not allowed in Islam.......... We adopted it and moved on.

Similarly some one asks me:

how will you treat a gay?
Ans: I shall treat him like a normal male.

How will you treat a lesb?
Ans: I shall treat her like a normal woman.

What they are in their personal life is immaterial for me.

Many are living for decades in living relationship (without marriage), they are/were my boss, they are my colleagues, they are my subordinates. I moved on...

So LGBT is one more addition to already haraam society.

Let us move on.........

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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 29th May 2023 18:29
I wonder if similar approach would be recommended when answering a similar question about Jihad by a Western kafir.
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