Patrijotti, transgender, university, politics
I refer to the articles ‘Patrijotti official “outs” transgender protestor’ by Herman Grech (Times of Malta, 15 October 2016) and ‘University vs Prof Florian vs trans Student by Philip Leone Ganado’ (Times of Malta, 18 October 2016) and put forward the following points:
1. If Alex Caruana is transgender then he has not been slighted by stating the fact. Rather it is Professor Mark Falzon who has used the word “shame” in relation to the matter.
2. The position of the Quran on sexual relations that are not malefemale is clear:
Quran (7:80-84) - “...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds .... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)” (repeated in sura 29:40).
Quran (26:165-166) - “Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing”
Al-A’raf (80-81) “And (remember) Lout (Lot), when he said to his people: “Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding you has committed in the ‘Alamīn (mankind and jinns)? “Verily, you practise your lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins).“
Abu Dawud (4462) - The Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done”.
al-Tirmidhi, Sunan 1:152 [Muhammad said] “Whoever is found conducting himself in the manner of the people of Lot, kill the doer and the receiver.“
Reliance of the Traveller, p17.2 - “May Allah curse him who does what Lot’s people did.”
Sahih Bukhari (72:774) - “The Prophet cursed effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, ‘Turn them out of your houses .’ The Prophet turned out such-and-such man, and ‘Umar turned out such-and-such woman.”
Other hadiths: “if a man comes upon a man, then they are both adulterers,““If a woman comes upon a woman, they are both adulteresses,” “When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes,” and “Kill the one that is doing it and also kill the one that it is being done to.”
Islam goes beyond merely disapproving of homosexuality. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a form of fornication, punishable by death.
Further information on homosexuality in PreIslamic and Islamic times is found in the book by Ibn Warraq (2003), Why I am not a Muslim, Prometheus Books.
3. The University of Malta, as an institution of learning and intellectual growth, has a commitment to promote freedom of speech, dialogue and critical analysis.
4. When a student crosses from the realm of the university (academia) to the real of politics, this person must be aware that the rules in the realm of politics are different from the rules in a university (academia).
5. Regarding the word “Mummy” which translates into the Maltese “Mumja”, this is a common Maltese word which describes a person who is very quiet and never says anything. There are those who consider Maltese words per se, as “rude”. That is a shame. It has yet to be realized that Sharia imposes a strict code on all aspects of life including communication. A man must cast his eyes to the floor in the presence of a woman. There are severe behaviour restrictions on a woman who is wearing a headscarf including being quiet because the scarf requires humility. Yet, debate, critical thinking and analysis are fundamental to a university education.
6. If the Department of Sociology becomes embroiled in supporting a political party, using students as pawns, does this department lose academic credibility, given that rules of the game in politics are diametrically opposite to those of a credible education system based on imparting truth?
7. I have no connection to Patrijotti Maltin but do appreciate their commitment.
Dr. Joan Ribi Member of the Political Studies Association (UK)