Thought for the day: A Jihad for Love

“Selalu menurut paham dan pengertian kami, inti segala agama adalah Kebajikan, yang membuat agama menjadi baik dan indah. Tapi duh! Orang-orang ini apakah yang telah kalian perbuat atasnya!

Agama adalah dimaksudkan sebagai karunia untuk membentuk ikatan antara semua makhluk Tuhan, coklat dan putih, dari kedudukan, jenis, kepercayaan apapun, semua kita adalah anak-anak dari satu Bapa, dari satu Tuhan.”

(Kartini via Pramoedya Ananta Toer)

After reading this, watch this documentary film.


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A Jihad for Love (2007)

Director: Parvez Sharma

Synopsis
In a time, when Islam is under tremendous attack-from within and without-‘A Jihadfor Love’ is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprison, torture and even execute homosexuals. Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western personae of “gay,” the relative freedoms of new homelands are mitigated by persistent racial profiling and intensified state surveillance after the terrorist attacks in New York, London and Madrid. As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. But the real-life characters of A Jihad for Love aren’t willing to abandon a faith they cherish despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being. The international chorus of gay and lesbian Muslims brought together by A Jihad for Love doesn’t seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film’s extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future. As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face. However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They are willing to take the risk in their quest to lay equal claim to their profoundly held faith. “A Jihad for Love’ is produced by Sandi DuBowski (Director of Trembling Before G-d) in association with ZZDF-Arte Channel 4, and LOGO.
Written by Parvez Sharma on imdb.com

A Jihad for Love’s Trailer

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