Ah! For those times, when grandparents reprimanded on talking about or watching TV shows showing a non-mehram man and woman together, even if as characters they were husband and wife. When gay was a word that meant only happy.
And today? This is what is happening: “Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage nationwide.” (US)
As my hands write on this topic, my whole body shivers with fear. My heart feels constricted lest I be struck by the punishment of Allah. The ruling might have been given in the US but we Muslims today are “comfortable” with this topic.
Don’t we watch the western media happily and try to copy them? Does reading or watching about this heinous crime ever give us goosebumps? Or do we just digest the information as easily as if we were reading about a new scientific discovery in Sunday morning’s newspaper over a cup of tea? We’ve accepted it as a concept prevalent today in certain societies, something that as long as we are not doing is fine.
You know what? Forget the western media. Look at your own. Every other comedy show has a joke about homosexuality. Every other drama has a theme that interweaves this very concept. We watch these shows and dramas and we enjoy them. We might complain once in a while about how wrong this is and then we go back on repeating those jokes and laughing. It is so okay today to call someone gay or to poke these jokes at your friends. After all, you believe it is wrong, it is okay to make jokes then, isn’t it? You’re just joining in.
No, it is not okay! Will you start saying incest is okay tomorrow too? Oh, you did, I forgot. You watched Ishq-e-Mamnoon (Forbidden Love) and loved it. I don’t know what happens in that drama, neither do I want to, but the name says it all. Will you consider it okay if it starts happening in your family?
By being silent, if anything this is increasing our tolerance level to this foul hateful act. We’re being bombarded with this concept so much that common Muslims are being confused. I remember a modest Muslim girl from a conservative background coming to me once and asking, “is this thing natural?” No! It is not!
You need to repel this concept before your own child grows up to be influenced by this repugnant sin. Stop making jokes about homosexuality. It is NOT funny, really! It is inviting the punishment of Allah. Your heart should tremble when you come across any such thing in hearing, reading or watching. Stop others from talking about it in a light manner. Fear Allah!
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَن تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَاللَّـهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
“Indeed, those who like that immorality should be spread [or publicized] among those who have believed will have a painful punishment in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you do not know.” [An-Nur 19]