Muslim Women Under Shariah
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University of Hertfordshire Student Union Islamic Society had invited Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem to give a talk about "Marriage in Islam," but he's been barred from speaking on the campus at all because of his views. Not only does he think it's a sin for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband, but he argues that homosexuality is unnatural and should be treated.
Al-Hakeem writes on his website: "As Muslims, we follow what Allah commands us without seeking the reason or the wisdom behind it. This is a true sign of our submission to the will of Allah.
"Homosexuality is not natural. If people were allowed to do so, illnesses would spread among them (aids) and they will not reproduce. It takes all the bashfulness and good character of people and turns them into animals that seek only their sexual satisfaction through weird ways."
In response to question of whether being gay was wrong from someone who wished to convert to Islam, he said homosexuality is "not something that is natural" and is "an abnormality which must be treated".
In response to a question by a female reader whose husband frequently required her to have sex with him, he said: "You should answer his calls as this is not phisically [sic] hurting you. If you can't do that for no legitimate reason, you are sinful. You should ask him to marry another woman or to divorce you."
Source: Pink News
The Islamic Society hasn't commented that I've seen, but they did officially rescind their invitation and acknowledge that the invitation for Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem wasn't made under the correct procedures. So it sounds like they took sincere steps to rectify what happened, possibly because they find Al-Hakeem's views too extreme as well (though I have to question whether they could really be ignorant of those views).