An Algerian-born Muslim man living in France intends to open a mosque in Paris that is friendly to gay people and will allow same-sex marriage to be performed.

Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, who is himself gay and is the founder of  the Association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F), told Turkish newspaper Daily Hürriyet that the mosque will open on 30 November. 

It will initially be housed within a Buddhist chapel.

“In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical aggression,” Zahed said.

He explained that “after performing the Hajj, I realised that a mosque for gays was a must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers”.

When asked if the mosque will conduct gay marriage ceremonies, Zahed replied: “We will start with Friday prayers, but we will perform marriages afterwards.”

During the services, women and men will be allowed to sit together in the same space.

Zahed told Gay Star News that the mosque will be able to accommodate 300 worshipers.

Three imams are being trained to support the official imam of HM2F. The organisation already has over 320 members.

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