Wow its been said. To hear coments like " that heterosexuality is a social construction that has ultimately led the majority to ban homosexuality" from Nurofiah of the Nahdlatul Ulama, feels like a start, a progress. To go behind the letters and use the Ijtihad that suddenly stopped when it came to touching the subject Homosexuality.
Ijtihad "is a technical term of Islamic law that describes the process of making a legal decision by independent interpretation of the legal sources, the Qur'an and the Sunnah" (Wikipedia).
Siti Musdah Mulias stated "homosexuality is from God and should be considered natural". Im not religious,call me agnostic, but i live in a religious society and this have been my thought and point of wiew everytime the subject comes up with the more ortodox part of my friends.
I met a guy from Hama in Syria,a very religious man from a very ortodox society. He claimed that it was oki for me to be gay but not for a Syrian man. I wondered why? But his point of wiew was fixed, he couldnt explain. When we went through all the sins and when the comparing with pedofilia and homosexuality came up, I asked him: How can it be a sin to love somebobdy that is an adult and that is not forced into this love. And the answer was that love is not a sin in it's self.
The day after the discussion he wanted to explain to me that he comes from a very traditional village and is not used to be confronted with this kind of issues. I totally understand and I didnt want to preassure him to state " Its oki to be gay" just wanted to know, how love that i feel is bad and not his.
What has been saíd is important, even if it's not going to help the men in Iran that are threatened by deathpenalty for homosexuality, but thoughts are being planted into people. And hopefully inspiration to continue this path.
The article can be found on http://www.365gay.com/news/islamic-conference-says-homosexuality-ok/