When Dr. Farrohk Sekaleshfar took the podium [he] … was blunt … admitting that under Islamic law, the punishment for homosexuality was death.
At the same time, he pointed out that it was the act that should be hated, not the person.
“Because the sinner is Allah’s creation,” he said. “You could never hate Allah’s creation.”
Even the punishment for the act of homosexuality is one of love, Sekaleshfar argued.
“We see the physical killing as something brutal, and this is the point when human hatred toward the act has to be done out of love,” he said in the 2013 talk. “You have to be happy for that person … we believe in an afterlife, we believe in an eternal life … and with this sentence, you will be forgiven and you won’t be accountable in the hereafter.”
In that way, “It’s for his own betterment that he leaves,” Sekaleshfar said.
“We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it’s the same,” he said. “Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”