BANGI, Feb 28 — A Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (Kuis) lecturer claimed today that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture is caused by Satan to trick and lead humans astray.
Muslim convert Mohd Farid Ravi Abdullah said in the Islamic Consultative Council’s (MPI) multaqa, or conference, on education and social sectors that the LGBT have been confused by the Devil to think that they are born with “souls opposite to their genders”.
“Islam has not once admitted that gay and lesbian are human nature, but it is the Satan’s activity to deceive and mislead humans,” the Kuis Research Management Centre director wrote in his paper.
The ethnic Indian lecturer was presenting on the topic of Malay-Muslim socio-cultures in the social cluster plenary session.
“It must be curbed and prevented earlier by giving cure and therapies that is appropriate to the LGBT community,” his paper added.
Homosexuals are sexually attracted to others with the same sex, while transgenders suffer from gender identity disorder where their sex and gender experience is opposite to the ones assigned at birth.
Conversion therapy which consists of psychological treatment or spiritual counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual is widely seen by medical and scientific community as potentially harmful and a form of pseudoscience.
In his presentation, Farid said he was disappointed that there are LGBT with high education and top positions, even those who serve as Islamic clerics.
He later claimed that Muslims turn LGBT because they are suffering from a spiritual void and influence from bad apples.
“The influence of friends play a role, that’s why it is important who our kids are friends with. If their friends are good, then they will be good too,” the lecturer told the over 500 people in attendance.
The conference today was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and attended by minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and his deputy Senator Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
It was also attended by PAS Ulama wing chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia president Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, and former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.