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Some Muslims, aligned in the Quranist school, prefer to reject all ahadith because they would violate the completeness and perfection of the Koran, because the Holy Book would be incomplete if the ahadith were allowed to exist as a competing authority.
Interestingly for this topic, the clearest and most explicit condemnations and punishments of homosexuality exist in these ahadith, and it is thus no wonder that many Muslims who identify as LGBT take the Quranist position and reject them.
This would have to do, in my argument, with a double standard in our perception of the great monotheistic religions and the degree to which we must literally follow them: We expect that Muslims will obey the literal word of the Koran and especially the ahadith, while Christians and Jews are free to interpret their holy texts figuratively, take it or leave it.
It is my experience that many Muslims more exemplary than myself do not follow the word to the letter, and remain actively engaged in interpretation every day, especially when it comes to the Koran’s more abstract or poetic passages.
They are grouped according to reliability (weak, strong), a factor judged differently according to the Islamic school of thought.
”It is this instability of desire that confounds the binary categories of sexual identification that are common currency in North America and Western Europe, as critic Joseph Massad has insisted in his book Up till this point, I have only broached a set of problems related to the distinction between acts and identities.
I have much less to say about the possible sexism of the broad category of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cultures, which is not my province here: I am trying to bear down not just on what the Islamic stance on same-sex desire might be, but especially what it means in the West, where this stance is most interrogated.
Some Muslims reject the rejection of ahadith and accuse LGBT Muslims of picking and choosing what they want to follow.
But the reality is that many LGBT imams have strong semantic and textual arguments that provide at the very least grounds for debate.