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#InMemoriamMonday, The story of Alireza Monfared

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This piece of writing is a memoir for an Iranian gay man who had become a victim of honor culture in an Islamic country

Alireza Fazeli Monfared was a gay man from Ahvaz, Khuzestan.
He was only 20 years old when he got brutally killed by his relatives.
He was from a minority Arab community in Iran.
Like many other LGBT members in the country, his life and how he died was just a small part of what has happened to LGBTQ people during these 43 years of Islamic government.
“Alireza was murdered on 4 May in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province. Friends of the twenty-year-old have informed Amnesty International that this murder took place after Alireza was abducted by several male relatives, and driven to an unknown location.

The relatives called Alireza Fazeli Monfared’s mother the following day, informing her that they had killed her son and dumped his body under a tree. Authorities have since recovered Alireza’s body, but are yet to make any arrests.”

This article by amnesty Iran covers many crucial issues around his murder.

Due to Islamic law in Iran, if it is proven that you are gay, you can be free from military service because homosexuality is called a mental disorder.
So he didn’t go to military service. Due to his shortage of money, he couldn’t leave Iran to live in a free European country. In his conversations with one of his friends, he said he wanted leave Iran for Turkey.
Two days before his departure, he was brutally murdered by his own cousins because of the shame he brought to his family and relatives.
His neck was cut and his dead body was left under a tree in a park.
The Islamic authorities weren’t sad or even ashamed of such incidents, they decided to arrest the people who shared the news on social media!!
His story clearly shows us how LGBT members are being treated in Iran. Not only here but also in many other Islamic countries.
Not only do they not have any rights that protect us from these homophobic attacks, but also the government tries to teach society how to be crueler to us and as always the punishment for homosexuality is death in Iran.

Sharia law is based on quran and islamic scriptures.

Qur’an 27:54-58
(27:54) We also sent Lot,67 and recall when he told his people: “Do you commit shameless acts with your eyes open?68 (27:55) Do you lustfully approach men instead of women? Nay, you engage in acts of sheer ignorance.”69 (27:56) But this had only one answer from his people. They said: “Expel Lot’s folk from your city. They pretend to be absolutely clean.” (27:57) Eventually We saved (Lot) and his family, except his wife. We had decreed that she should be among those who would remain behind.70 (27:58) And We rained down upon them a rain. It was an evil rain for those who had already been warned.

Sunan abi Dawud 4462(also sunan ibn makah 2561):
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.

Even calling someone a homosexual is considered a crime in islam:
Sunan ibn makah 2568:
It was narrated from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“If one man says another: ‘O effeminate one!’ give him twenty lashes. And if one man says to another: ‘O homosexual!’ give him twenty twenty lashes.”

Punishment for homosexuality in islam:
Mashaket al-masabih 3583-3584:
Ibn ‘Abbas and Abu Huraira reported God’s Messenger as saying, “Accursed is he who does what Lot’s people did.” In a version by him on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas it says that ‘Ali had the two people concerned burned and that Abu Bakr had a wall thrown down on them.
Razin transmitted it.

We are NOT protected by the law and like ISIS terrorists who throw homosexuals from tall buildings, Islamic Republic of Iran executes us.

Some days ago, this happened.

His story brings up another main topic.
The importance of LGBT rights.

We have all seen LGBT-related movies in which members of our community get bullied and hurt for being who they are.
In Islamic societies, there is no one or place we can flee to ask for help.
All these physical threats lead to emotional disasters in our community.
It is easy to understand why LGBT rights will help protect us from death.
Imagine in countries we get executed for homosexuality, not only the person who gets executed is a victim but also other LGBT members will be pushed more and more into fear.
Therefore our rights all around the world should be protected by governments to save most of our members from isolation, depression, mental illnesses and suicide.
Exactly the opposite thing happens in Muslim countries, they teach kids from the very beginning to hate lgbt people even if they themselves are a member of that community.

Some videos may relate better:https://youtu.be/XvpHn_zdkTY

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