My view: They can bury their head in the sand no longer! The same Bashir Maan who shouts Islamophobia is the same 'Muslim leader' who can't even appreciate his own disgusting discrimination of marginalised communities. It goes without saying that the vast majority of under 30's who identify as Scottish and Muslim will have very different ideas from Bashir Maan who stands in a long line of moderates and elders who bully out progressive voices in 'the name of Islam'. Diverse progressive voices do exist! Speak out Scottish Muslims!
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They said the "main purpose of marriage is, of course, the procreation
of children" and that because gay couples have been "accommodated"
through the legalisation of civil partnerships, there is "no need for
such unions to be blessed as marriages by faith institutions".
The council is based in Glasgow but the message is being sent to Muslims all over Scotland.
Spokesman Bashir Maan said: "It's totally against not just our faith but
most of the faiths. So the Government would be forcing the groups to
break their faith to go against it."
In January this year political leaders signed a pledge to support a campaign to legalise same-sex marriage.
Leaders of the Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and Conservative parties
signed up at an event at Holyrood which was marked with a specially
created "equal marriage" cake. The Scottish Government has held a public consultation on the issue and
has said it "tends towards the view" that same-sex marriage should be
introduced but that faith groups and their celebrants should not be
obliged to solemnise the ceremonies. With none of the main parties opposing the legislation, Mr Maan said Muslims do not have to vote at all. He said: "I would say that if they don't find anybody who is against the
legislation then I don't think they have to vote. It's not compulsory
that they must vote. "We will vote for anybody who does not support the legislation, that's it."
Mr Maan, a former Labour councillor for the Glasgow Kingston ward, said
even if the legislation is brought in, there is no way same-sex marriage
would ever take place in a mosque. However, he said the view is not discrimination. He added: "We didn't say anything when they were being given the right
to civil union. If it was discrimination we could have said no, this is
wrong. But we said if the Government does it and they want it, let them
be. "It's not discrimination, we are just trying to defend our faith. They
already have the law, their unions are legal, so why do they need it?"
The Council of Glasgow Imams's statement said: "This resolution has been
prepared by the imams (religious leaders) of the Muslim community
following lengthy discussions which have taken place to address deep
concerns in our community. "Furthermore, we must now make it clear that in the following days,
preceding the local authority election in Scotland on Thursday May 3 we
will be urging our community from the pulpit to make sure that any
person they consider voting for does not favour the proposed
It went on: "A family is a man and a woman and children. If the
Government turns a family into a man and a man or a woman and a woman
with no procreative faculties, what would become of our society our
civilisation? "This is a serious question that deserves very serious consideration by
the Scottish Government. Accordingly, we urge the Deputy First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon to look very seriously at this fundamentally important
issue and to reconsider the full implications of what she is proposing.
"We wish to inform both her and First Minister Alex Salmond that we are
deeply unhappy and vigorously opposed to the proposed legislation for
same-sex marriage. "There is no scope for compromise on this issue and we simply say this: No to same-sex marriage." A Scottish Government spokesman said: "The consultation on same-sex
marriage and registration of civil partnerships has now closed and we
are now analysing the responses and considering what next steps to take. "As was made clear when the consultation was launched, while we have
expressed our initial view, we have given an assurance that all opinions
will be listened to, no final views have been reached and therefore no
decisions have been taken. "The analysis of the responses will be published later in the spring."