I came across this article by Profesor Tariq Ramadan who teaches at Oxford University. I have heard him speak at events in the past but not very impressed with what he had to say. I see he wrote a new article about the interaction between Muslims and homosexuals in Europe.
He is very clear that homos are sinners and that we can never accept their lifestyle as decent. So he does not ask us to do like Christians have done and just say "yeah it's OK, it is not a sin anymore". But he does say this:
http://www.muslimpolitics.com/the-ne...-homosexualityWe must avoid condemning or rejecting individuals. It is quite possible to disagree with a person’s behavior (public or private), while respecting that person as an individual. This I have continued to affirm, and gone further still: a person who pronounces the attestation of Islamic faith becomes a Muslim; if that person engages in homosexual practices, no one has the right to drive him or her out of Islam.
Can we really think that someone who is practising homosexual liffestyle is still a Muslim? He says we can't drive them out of Islam. But I thought that they have driven themselves out of Islam themselves. I know of someone from a Muslim family who is a homo, and our families know each other for years. He is not ashamed of it and he tells everyone about it. His family rejected him and he does not see them anymore, even though his mother still speaks to him by phone.
This homo, whenever he bumps into me in town, he gives me salam. But I don't give him Salam in return. I don't reject him or ignore or treat him rudely or anything. But I just can't bring myself to give Salam to someone like that. Am I wrong to never return his Salam?