People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

A MUSLIM AMERICAN'S THOUGHTS ON GAY MARRIAGE (1521 hits)

By Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
June 26, 2011

When you are a compassionate person, you also fight against injustice.

As a Muslim, I have always been taught to be compassionate.

When I was about fifteen years old and lived in upstate New York, I was part of a track club. This club, a group of high school runners, competed during the school year and through the summer. Our coach was a man from the Bronx who brought us to competitions in New York City. My mother lived in NYC at the time (and still does) and once accompanied us to a competition as a chaperone. We drove there, in a van, my mother and coach sitting in the front seats. The drive had us passing the Gay Pride Parade -- which none of us were aware was happening that day.

At the time I was a young, naive, somewhat ignorant youth which included being homophobic. These were also the characteristics of a number of the other young athletes in the van. Gawking out the windows, we made jokes, laughed, expressed dismay -- and did so loudly and crudely.

My mother then turned around and snapped at us, "What you're doing is exactly what happened to black people 30 years ago!"

The van was quiet. For the rest of the ride through the Pride parade, we were silent and thinking about what she said. Most of us came from working and middle class black families where the lessons and stories of the civil rights and black liberation movements were fully integrated into our understanding of the world. For me, that same story was intertwined with the freedom of religion that is intrinsic to the American experience. Were it not for that basic principle, then I would not be the man I am -- following a religion of my own choosing.

This brings me to today. This weekend, the New York State legislature approved gay marriage in an eleventh hour push that brought people to the streets of New York City and set up yesterday's Gay Pride Parade as a celebration of years of pushing and overcoming the failed promises of two Governors (Eliot Spitzer and David Patterson).

As someone that is part of two minority groups in the United States (Muslims and African-Americans) I feel that this ruling is a victory for all of us. Majorities in the country have attempted to define the American experience in limited and controlled terms. To be American means you need to be white, Christian, and of course, straight. There is nothing further from the truth. To be American and to enjoy the rights and privileges therein you simply have to live here and pay taxes. This is a diverse nation and to limit the rights of one group opens the potential to limit your rights.
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad
Monday, June 27th 2011 at 12:27PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
"What you're doing is exactly what happened to black people 30 years ago!"

BEAUTIFUL!!! Mothers always know best.

BEHOLD!
How good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity.
PSALM 133

Monday, June 27th 2011 at 12:55PM
Richard Kigel
[To be American and to enjoy the rights and privileges therein you simply have to live here and pay taxes. This is a diverse nation and to limit the rights of one group opens the potential to limit your rights.]

@ Brother Rich Tolerance is something that we can all have a lesson on in order to live in peace with everyone. I couldn't agree with you more regards the scripture you quoted. God bless you!


Tuesday, June 28th 2011 at 10:22AM
Jen Fad
Have they stopped threaten, harming, killing mixed married males and females in the U.S.A and I have missed all of this??????????????...

BUT...

We will get to that mountian top one step at a time, one generation at a time as some day there will be peace on earth, because of the goodwill of treating others as we want to be treated. (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
MICHAEL JORDAN DONATING $2 MILLION TO HELP ADDRESS POLICE RELATED SHOOTINGS
WNBA players stage media blackout after being fined for wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts
TALK SHOW HOST MONTEL WILLIAMS SHREADS BILL O'REILLY FOR MOCKING HIM ON AIR
A HISTORY OF POLICE AMBUSH KILLINGS IN US AND ITS TERRITORIES
BLACK MAN CREATES "GOFUNDME" PAGE SO RACISTS CAN SEND HIM BACK TO AFRICA
POLICE BRUTALITY WATCH: MISSISSIPPI MAN SHOT BY OFFICER AND MAIMED BY A POLICE DOG
DONALD TRUMP ACCUSED OF RAPING 13 YEAR OLD IN FEDERAL LAWSUIT
POLICE BRUTALITY WATCH: 19 YEAR OLD ALABAMA MAN SHOT BY POLICE OFFICER DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Director of School Support Western Massachusetts with The Achievement Network in Springfield, MA.
Assistant Professor with Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
Adjunct Faculty - Mathematics (College Level - Winter Haven) (160131) with Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Ukiah Clinic with VA Careers in Ukiah, CA.
LIC CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOL with Premier Health in Dayton, OH.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
vuyani kheswa just became a new member. 11:37AM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '"in light of cush/kush the dark"'. 04:10PM
renee goodrich just invited 1 new member(s). 04:25PM
renee goodrich just edited her profile. 04:17PM
renee goodrich just joined a new club (black history book club). 04:14PM
renee goodrich just became a new member. 04:09PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~'life and death is what matters!'~'. 02:28AM
barbara robinson just posted a blog entitled 'red, white & blue by poetic activist'. 02:12PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~is it 'the donald' something or other?~'. 10:33PM
steven del rizzo just edited his profile. 05:59PM
steven del rizzo just became a new member. 05:21PM
barbara robinson just posted a blog entitled 'peace'. 12:03AM
>> more | invite friends