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What is the position of the average muslim to the issue of gender correction

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So, the title says it about as much as and long letter I could opinion....

The average Muslim likely doesn’t worry about this as does the average Christian. It is only an issue when gender corrected individuals seek equal rights and opportunities as there cultural, societies and governments apparently seek to guarantee, but often fail to achieve.

The Holy Qur'an says nothing to gender correction and like faith expression leaves it to the individual, not the society to decide the issues.

In fact only likely is there some misquote or attempt by Hadeeth to argue it is wrong. The hadeeth have traditionally been abused by leaders in the Muslim world to enslave free thought not to encourage it.

So the Muslim world, specifically the individual needs to stop seeking guidance from an earthly body and reaffirm there faith through prayer and community support that opens doors and does not in fact close doors.

Itijihad, is the only correct struggle for me.



The Middle Way:
do you mean itijihad? that's a struggle for me sometimes...

If you subscribe to this definition, perhaps

There is a concept in Islam called itijihad. The root word of itijihad is jihad. Itijihad simply means a struggle or striving to reinterpret and reunderstand the traditions in the context of contemporary times. I think Muslims are beginning to do that. We are beginning to see how religion can play essential roles in the life of a Muslim without sacrificing any of the modern context. In other words, Muslims do not have to live in isolation to be Muslims.

However I see the need as a Muslim, to set the teachers on notice that teachings of hate, that lead only to marginalization and disenfranchisement, will be called to accounting in this life not just the afterlife.
Teachers are free to teach, but we the student must always remember the teacher teaches only to what they believe.... as I see it many teachers of Islam have no real reason to be teaching what they are teaching as authentic Islam.



The Middle Way:

--- Quote from: JaneX on June 15, 2007, 09:35:43 pm ---
However I see the need as a Muslim, to set the teachers on notice that teachings of hate, that lead only to marginalization and disenfranchisement, will be called to accounting in this life not just the afterlife.



--- End quote ---

Right on.

The word is ijtihad: ij-ti-had. Pronounced idge (like the border of an area, or a feeling that makes you scratch) + tea (like the drink, only not spelled the same) + hod (what a bricklayer carries bricks in). The concept is being promoted by Canada's lesbian Muslim dissident Irshad Manji, in her Project Ijtihad.

The Classical Arabic word for an MTF transgender or transsexual person is mukhannath. Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi in the 13th century wrote--

"A mukhannath is the one who carries in his movements, in his appearance and in his language the characteristics of a woman. There are two types; the first is the one in whom these characteristics are innate, he did not put them on by himself, and therein is no guilt, no blame and no shame, as long as he does not perform any (illicit) act or exploit it for money (prostitution etc.). The second type acts like a woman out of immoral purposes and he is the sinner and blameworthy."

Further on, al-Nawawi explains that the negative hadith reports only refer to the second kind (similar to what we would call a drag queen), not the mukhannaths in general. The first kind sounds to me very close to modern understandings of TS. It's easy for us to distinguish between TS and drag queens, well the distinction was known to thinkers of olden times too.

Although some Muslims today claim that a transsexual should be punished severely, there is no such report from Muhammad's life. In fact, even long after the time of Muhammad, Muslims accepted the mukhannathun in the sacred boundaries of Islam. There was a mukhannath who was friends with the Prophet's wives and used to visit his house and hang out with the women, in women's space where men weren't allowed.

Khomeini in Iran and al-Tantawi (the Shaykh of al-Azhar, the top Sunni Islamic authority) both issued fatwas that transsexuals should be allowed to transition, get SRS, and live as their target gender. I have heard that more SRS is performed per capita in Iran than in any other country in the world.

It sounds very positive for us TS folks, but the dark side of it comes in reports that Iranian authorities are forcing gays to transition in order for them to get married heterosexually, in other words, to negate their gay identity. If so, this is a heinous abuse of SRS and not at all what it's meant for.


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