Islamic Community: LGBT orientation is a spiritual and moral deviation to be treated

Belgrade, 17.02.2014.

After criticism which, according to earlier announced by Serbian daily newspaper Večernje Novosti, a large part of the Bosniak community has sent message to Sandžak’s Mufti Muamer Zukorlić because of the electoral coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Bosniak Sandzak Democratic Union (BDZS), whose founder is Zukorlić, and his earlier statement to local television “Sandžak” that there will be no concessions to LDP because of their liberal policy towards the LGBT community, Islamic Community (IZ) in Serbia announces on this occasion today.

Muamer_Zukorlic mc.rsAn official statement of the Islamic Association literally says:

“Sandzak’s Mufti informs the public that the mufti of Sandzak has not issued any fatwa on LGBT category as some media say, leading a dirty election campaign.

It is however true that the Mufti said about coalition agreement between Bosniak Democratic Union (BDZ) of Sandzak and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) does not contain nothing religiously and morally questionable.

The Islamic community preserves and promotes Islamic teaching about the family as a healthy environment for the existence and development of the individual and the whole human community. From the point of Islamic community, LGBT orientation is a spiritual and moral deviation which should be appropriate prevented and adequately treated.

This phenomenon can not be treated by promoting it or by violence.”

Bosniak Sandzak Democratic Union (BDZS) made ​​a coalition agreement with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on joint appearance in the upcoming Serbian parliamentary elections. The list of candidates for the Assembly which was declared by the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK), in addition to representatives of the two political parties are, the more the representatives of the Social Democratic Union (SDU).

Source: Press Sandzak Islamic Community (website), GSA Info Center
Photo: Media Centre Belgrade

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