A Muslim cleric has defended the rising attacks on LGBTI people as it ’causes earthquakes’.
Mallam Abass Mahmud, a prominent religious figure in Ghana, made the claim after reports of gay people being assaulted or even killed in the capital Accra and surrounding areas.
In an interview with News Ghana, he said: ‘Allah gets annoyed when males engage in sexual encounter and such disgusting encounter causes earthquake.
‘Should we allow such a shame to continue in our communities against our holy teachings?
‘Certainly no, and we are very happy to chase away such idiots from our Zongo communities.’
Not all Muslims feel that way, not even in Ghana, and many are speaking out against the crimes of ISIS and other Islamic extremists.
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a gay Imam, has said Muslims ‘cannot be homophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and call themselves a Muslim’.
‘From a philosophical and a political point of view, Islam is not a fascist system,’ he told Gay Star News. ‘You cannot say to be Muslim you have to be any one way, that’s fascism. The problem is not Islam, it’s the fascist ideology some attach to the religion.’
Gay sex is illegal in Ghana, punishable by up to three years in prison.