First gay-friendly mosque opens in France

A global movement promotes a more progressive reading of the Quran

Rise of gay mosques

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France’s first gay-friendly mosque recently opened in Paris to widespread criticism from Muslim groups. A local Islamic leader, rector of the city’s Grand Mosque, said it goes against Islam. A Facebook post labelled its members’ sexuality a “disease.” Founder Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is ignoring the hateful comments: “We don’t care.” Rather, he points to the praise he has received, including an email from a lesbian Muslim, who told him he was “opening the doors of the Islam of tomorrow.” Zahed, a gay Muslim married to a man, opened the mosque in a donated room on the outskirts of the city, but plans to reopen next year with a library and office in central Paris.

He is part of a growing global movement promoting a more progressive reading of the Quran. The Paris mosque is a member of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a U.S.-based organization with chapters in Ottawa, Toronto and five U.S. cities (and plans for a Danish chapter). The movement focuses on inclusivity, says MPV’s L.A.-based founder Ani Zonneveld, a singer-songwriter. “In 20 years it will be the norm for women to be leading prayers,” she says, and for gays and lesbians “to be included as equals.” She asks, “How can you say Islam is a religion of peace, when you discriminate, when you are unjust? Justice is the foundation of peace.”




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First gay-friendly mosque opens in France

  1. only a matter of time before it is bombed. or users shot to death. many of Islam cannot stand diversity. they display their displeasure in violent ways. then they expect to go to heaven. there must be a special place in hell for such people. they should investigate before they act.

  2. Amazing. I pray it provides safety and a sense of belonging to the people that need it.

  3. The French are gluttons for punishment.

  4. Subhanallah, one of the signs that the Hour is near is this exactly happening. May Allah protect the true believers!

    • The end is near. Better find some stairs to hide under. Don’t come out until Allah shows up and gives you the all clear.

  5. Great news. Really made my day to read about important issues like this.

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