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A Jihad for Love (2007)

 -  Documentary  -  21 May 2008 (USA)
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A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.

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Muhsin Hendricks ...
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A.K. Hoosen ...
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Mazen ...
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Sana ...
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Maryam ...
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Maha ...
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Amir ...
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Arsham Parsi ...
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Payam ...
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Mojtaba ...
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Ferda ...
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Kiymet ...
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Qasim ...
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Syed Kalbe Jawad ...
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n a time, when Islam is under tremendous attack-from within and without-'A Jihadfor Love' is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprison, torture and even execute homosexuals. Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western ... Written by Parvez Sharma

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21 May 2008 (USA)  »

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In the Name of Allah  »

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$13,418 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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$105,033 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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The film used covered faces and silhouettes in order to protect the safety of sources whose lives would have been in danger had their identities been revealed. See more »

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Muhsin Hendricks: Allah says in the Qu'ran: "Do not despair of the mercy of God, because God, to you, is most merciful."
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25 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watched the film with interest having an interest in Islam.

It is interesting to see the human trait where religious conviction trumps reality testing every time. There was one scene where a gay woman says that the Koran is for womens rights ???.

Ultimately Islam will embrace the 21st century and it will start in Western countries. It is useful to keep in mind that even today most evangelical Christian churches think about gays the same way. What they must have been like 50 or 100 years ago! It takes the Muhsin Hendricks for these changes to ever happen.

It is tough and inexplicable (why these innocent harmless people are so hated) and ultimately you must relate to God/Allah in your own private way. This oddly seems more accessible to Muslims than Christians.

It is also useful to remember that homosexuality is very common in all humans and animals.


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