Transsexuality in Islam

August 19, 2008

There’s an informative post about the Fatwas (Rulings) of Sunni and Shia Scholars on Transsexuality in Islam, over at United Latino Muslims of America (ULMA)

Sunni: In 1988, scholars from Al-Azhar University, the oldest and most prominent Islamic school in the world, located in Cairo, Egypt, passed a fatwa decree that sex reassignment surgeries were permissible in Islam.

Shia: The changing of gender (from man to woman or vice versa) through surgical means is permissable for transsexuals […]

Wednesday edit: And then for comparison, read this in the Willamette Week online newspaper:

The Trans Muslim – Why can’t Khadija go to mosque?
Khadija could be a star spokeswoman for Muslims if they wanted to show off Islam’s teachings of peace and acceptance.


But things get nastier when others interpret those teachings. Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, the imam, or spiritual leader, of Masjed As-Saber, won’t let Khadija back in his Southwest Portland mosque because Khadija is transgendered.


Boucher says that initially the women were very accepting, but after three months, a couple of them objected to her being part of the mosque. That’s when the imam got involved and, according to Boucher, talked with other imams about her situation. After a six-month investigation, she was told she could not return.

Imam Mamadou Toure of Beaverton’s Bilal Mosque, the only local imam whom Boucher says has been sympathetic to her cause, did not respond to several email requests for comment.

Upon that “death sentence,” Boucher walked into the middle of traffic on Southwest Barbur Boulevard. “I wanted to die,” she said.

After someone nearly mowed her down, she snapped out of her funk. But while she remains alive, so does her pain.

“In my heart I am still a Muslim,” Boucher says. “But I was shunned after that, and I’ve never been back to a mosque since.”

What a sad story.

Link to full report


2 Responses to “Transsexuality in Islam”

  1. Khadija Gwen Boucher Says:

    Life is better for me now. :)


  2. Helen G Says:

    Khadija: Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

    I’m very happy to hear that things are improving for you after what sounded to be a very distressing time.

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