Philadelphia Imam Nafis Abu Zayd: Homosexuality Is a Psychological Disease; We Will Fight Back against Progressive, Modern Islam

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On March 10, 2020, Philadelphia Imam Nafis Abu Zayd posted a lecture to the Maktabah Ibn Taymiyyah YouTube channel that was titled “The LGBT Community Will Never Be Endorsed by Islam.” Describing homosexual acts as heinous, he said that homosexuality is a psychological disease that is played on by Satan and that homosexuals prefer their sexual perversions over their God-given reason and intellect. He criticized progressive Muslims who try to find loopholes in Islam in order to accept the LGBTQ community under the pretext of civil rights and inclusion. Imam Abu Zayd also said that Allah would deal with today’s homosexuals like he dealt with the homosexuals in Sodom and Gomorrah, and he explained that there is a “global agenda of homosexuality” that uses subliminal messages in order to indoctrinate people. In addition, he cited Quranic verses that said that the Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with the Muslims until they follow their way and that Muslims must not take Jews and Christians as allies. Towards the end of his lecture, Imam Abu Zayd emphasized that Muslims are not willing to compromise their religion, that they oppose anything that goes against the Quran and the Sunnah, and that they reject progressive Islam. He added: “Islam doesn’t need your progression… We do not support or advocate for modern Islam [or] for the LGBTQ community, ever.” Maktabah Ibn Taymiyyah is an Islamic library in Philadelphia. Imam Abu Zayd’s lecture was a response to a recent lecture by prominent American scholar Omar Suleiman that was titled “Alliances and Coalition Building.” Sheikh Suleiman had delivered his lecture, which has drawn some criticism from the Muslim community, at the LGBTQ+ Conference that was hosted by the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

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