CNN Interview with Parvez Sharma

The interview is on YouTube-click on the link below (I will soon find a way to embed it in here, its amazing how technologically challenged I can still be after making this film-but then all of this embed/ html code stuff is new to us filmmakers ; )

http://www.ajihadforlove.com/video.html or just click on the hyperlink above.

Today I will also be doing a panel discussion about 'How Documentaries Get Made' -get info by clicking on this hyperlink

Finally, off to Houston tomorrow where I will be doing Q and A's at the Angelika theater the entire weekend. Please tell all your friends and lets get all those Desis that live down there in Bushland to come out in large numbers! Again click on this hyperlink to buy your tickets!

Some interesting tidbits in today-
it should be clear that homosexuality is sinful and shameful. In Islamic terminology it is called 'Al-Fahsha' or an atrocious and obscene act. Islam teaches that believers should neither do the obscene acts, nor in any way indulge in their propagation. Allah says, "Those who love (to see) obscenity published broadcast among the Believers will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and you know not." (Al-Nur: 19)"

In Hadith, the Prophet, pbu peace upon him, clarifies the gravity of this abomination by saying: "Allah curses the one who does the actions of the people of Lut" repeating it three times; and he said in another Hadith: " If a man comes upon a man then they are both adulterers"
Here, he considered homosexuality tantamount to adultery in relation to the Shari'ah punishments because it is an abomination on the one hand and the definition of adultery applies to it on the other hand.

"We severely disapprove this act of homosexuality in Islam. However we have to remember to hate the act and not the people.
I have a question for the muslim brothers and sisters who have fallen into homosexuality. Obviously we all have faults,we all make mistakes,and we hope and ask our rabb for forgiveness for our shortcomings. and we try to stay away from those mistakes and sins. But from the Islamic view, what evidence do u find to publicly declare that IN ISLAM homosexuality is allowed."


Anonymous said...


I stumbled across your film last night at the Angelika theater in Houston, TX and was just blown away. Undertaking this topic was such a brave and important step and you captured it beautifully.

I think that by creating the movie with individual stories, it made the subject of homosexuality and islamic religion more tangible to a wider audience. I also feel that you addressed the topic in a compassionate way without being judgmental or harsh to the religious groups.

I was even more shocked to find you at the showing, as I did not know about the Q & A. Thank you for the insider's look at the making of the film and some of the struggles that you and the people in the film had.

As a traveler to Houston I never imagined that I would be a part of such a discussion and am so glad that I was.

Congratulations and see you in Portland, OR.

Anonymous said...

You have shown incredible courage with this movie and have done a tremendous job with it!

It's a pitty to see that so few people are leaving commments to your blog while you put a lot of effords in it.

Just keep posting because i am blogging about your movie on my sites also :-)


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