Jakim Department of Islam: Woefully Ignorant of Homosexuality
Malaysia’s official Islamic authority says sexuality can be changed with training and guidance.
The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) released a video last week explaining how LGBT people could change their sexuality if they wanted to.
In the three minute video Jakim said sexuality was like learning to ride a horse and if a LGBT person wanted to become heterosexual they should receive training and guidance.
Riding a Horse?
Riding a horse is a skill, it does not involve a person’s sexuality. After the riding experience, the rider does not take the horse home to have a reciprocal relationship. Human sexuality is more than just sex – it is wanting to be with the person that is loved. Riding a horse implies that a human can tame or demand that a horse obeys. Marrying under a lie – is hurtful to a human being. A horse and a human are two different species. A human cannot have an equal relationship with a horse! Riding a horse does NOT define you as a human being – but, a person’s sexuality does define HIM or HER as a human being. We relate to others by our sexual orientation – we don’t relate to a horse by our sexual orientation! If I cannot learn to ride a horse, does that make me a NON-HUMAN BEING? If I constantly fall off a horse, am I an incompetent sexual performer?
The Department Needs to Read Scientific Information on Homosexuality
There is no excuse for the Department of Islamic Development! It needs development in its world knowledge of human sexuality. Please educate your spokesMEN (because few would be women). In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association, a scientific body comprising of 180 countries, wrote a declaration. This was addressed to the United Nations and all world leaders (so the President/Prime Minister of Malaysia received a copy). In the declartion, this scentific world body proclaimed what has been known for ages, that homosexuality CANNOT be reversed, prayed away, ignored. To force a gay man or woman to marry destorys his/her human soul and emotional well being. God is love.
Inflicting Pain and Humiliation in the Name of Islam
Some methods suggested for people to try to change their sexuality were to marry or subdue sexual desires with fasting or other methods. I would ask the members of the Department a couple of questions:
- When did you realize you were heterosexual? 2. At what age did you notice or become attracted to the opposite sex
The answer to both questions will be “at an early age.”
Most lesbians and gays know that they realized same-sex attraction at a very early age. In a strict non-accepting society of homosexuality, most kids keep the secret. They try to date the opposite sex. Some marry, but the majority of those that do marry, will find homosexual partners outside of marriage. A person cannot change their sexuality. This is a scientific fact built on generations of information and world-wide research.
God Does Not Make Mistakes – Accept Your Sexuality!
Jakim said a person should want to change sexuality for God’s sake instead of being forced to. The video also urged people to be patient with their LGBT friends and to help them onto the path of heterosexuality.
Formed in 1968 under a different name, Jakim’s objective is ‘to ensure that the development plans for the ummah and the development of Islam in the country is implemented in an integrated manner based on effective plans and coordination‘.
Jakim’s family, social and community department assistant senior director, Dr Mohd Izwan Yusof, confirmed the department created the video. The problem here is that the “Dr.” title is not medical/psychiatric but a doctor of letters – a doctor of Islamic Studies – ignorant of medical science.
Pray the gay away?
Social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi published the video saying ‘there are those among Muslims that has non-heterosexual orientation but remains steadfast on the path of Islam’. (What percentage? Are they scared of God? Do they conform out of fear of family?)
‘For them, this is a test of Allah, and they choose to face the test appropriate with what Islam demands,’ he said.
Paula here. I strongly disagree with Syed Azmi Albabshi!!! God does not give hurtful tests! God does not hate homosexuals! God’s chlldren decide to hate their homosexual brothers and sisters.! What I find dispicable is that Mr. Albabshi goes home to the comfort of his wife and the love of his children, but homosexuals have been singled out to be alone, unworthy and lesser than him. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone!” (Genesis).
Social media was divided about the message of the video with some people praising Jakim for its ‘soft-lined’ approach to the issue.
‘Color me surprised with rainbow colors,’ said Luq Harith.
‘Jakim actually came out with a video that is non-hateful of the LGBT community.
Paula: Non-hateful, but certainly not accepting. The LGBT community is second class and even criminally targeted.
‘While the idea of one person can change their orientation is debatable (I know some of you will say they won’t change but there are legit stories of people going straight out of their own will), the video’s soft approach on advising, respect for privacy and emphasis on free will is definitely commendable.
Paula again. Let’s remember that there is a percentage of bi-sexuals, who can go either way. And I would ask how do you know that they ‘became’ straight. How many are cheating on their wives/family?
‘This is far better than saying they’re sinners, they’re going to Hell, bla bla bla (sic).’
Other people said the video would promote false ideas about conversion therapies.
‘This video is going to make people believe that there is a way to ‘change’ homosexuals into heterosexuals. No way you can do that,’ Sheelabanu Sri Jaya.
‘Not impressed with the content but kudos to Jakim for focusing on not being hateful or violent towards LGBTQ people,’ Huda Mutalib said.
No gays on TV in Malaysia
Sodomy and oral sex are banned in Malaysia and a man found of “gross indecency with another male person” could face jail time or corporal punishment.
In 2010 the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia said it would only allow depictions of homosexuals onscreen if they repent or die.
Please educate your spokesMEN (because few would be women). In March 2016, the World Psychiatric Association, a scientific body comprising of 180 countries, wrote a declaration. This was addressed to the United Nations and all world leaders (so the President/Prime Minister of Malaysia received a copy). In the declartion, this scentific world body proclaimed what has been known for ages, that homosexuality CANNOT be reversed, prayed away, ignored. To force a gay man or woman to marry destorys his/her human soul and emotional well being. God is love.