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    Muslim leader Keysar Trad wants Australian men to be allowed multiple wives – but says gay marriage is wrong because people of the same gender 'should only be friends'

    • Muslim leader Keysar Trad wants polygamous marriages legalised in Australia
    • Islamic Friendship Association of Australia founder hopes the public does too
    • However, he is upset Muslims are unable to lobby for anything and keep quiet
    • He took a stand against gay marriage, saying he believes homosexuality is wrong
    By Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia
    PUBLISHED: 14:46 +10:00, 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:58 +10:00, 10 August 2017

    A Muslim leader wants Australian men to be allowed multiple wives and hopes the public will one day support his dream of Islamic marriage equality.
    Keysar Trad says polygamy is actually a privilege reserved for women, even though only men are allowed multiple spouses under Islamic law.
    'If public opinion was pushing for a change, that was consistent with my religion, I would not object to it,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
    'In my humble opinion, the advantage is not so much to the man.
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    Muslim leader Keysar Trad is hoping the Australian public one day supports polygamy


    The Islamic Friendship Association of Australia founder says polygamy is a female privilege (file picture)
    'It's always the prerogative of the woman. Any marriage in Islam requires consent and the most crucial consent is the consent of the woman.'
    However Mr Trad, the Sydney-based founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, is taking a stand against gay marriage as the Turnbull Government proceeds with a postal vote on the issue.

    'My personal view is that people of the same gender can be friends but they should not be encouraged to engage in sexual activity,' he said.
    'Call it something else, a union. Call it whatever you want to call it.'


    Keysar Trad is upset Muslims don't have the same platform to campaign for Islamic marriage equality
    Mr Trad, who is also the former president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, wryly pointed out the 'yes' vote for gay marriage would fail if a Muslim publicly supported it.
    'If you want an idea to fail, get a Muslim to campaign for it,' he said.
    While gay marriage campaigners have been able to change public opinion, Mr Trad is disappointed Muslims don't have the same platform to advocate for polygamy.  
    'Muslims, we have learnt to stop lobbying for anything,' he said.
    'It is near impossible for Muslims to get a fair go anywhere so whatever our issues are, my experience has forced me to keep those issues to myself.'


    Keysar Trad says it is 'near impossible' for Muslims to lobby for change to suit their religion


    Mr Trad in February said husbands could lightly beat their wives 'as a last resort' before explaining his comments were clumsy (Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir pictured)

    Islamic community leader says violence against women 'last resort

    Mr Trad is hoping another generation of Muslims will campaign for change but is urging people of the Islamic faith to obey Australia's existing laws on marriage.
    His observations on the definition of marriage come as the Turnbull Government sends out ballot papers to Australian households, from September 12, as part of a $122 million exercise.
    Voters will have until November 7 to return them.
    In February, Mr Trad controversially said the Koran allowed husbands to lightly beat their wives 'as a last resort' before clarifying he was giving a clumsy interpretation of the religious text.
    Two months later, Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir released a video saying husband could hit their wives with a small stick.
    Where Islamic polygamy is allowed, women are not allowed multiple husbands.
    Under Sharia law, an Islam legal system, a man can divorce a woman by saying 'I divorce you' three times but a woman does not have this same privilege.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...stralian-men-allowed-wives.html#ixzz4pL57Y3x1
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