Khajistan Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of "Homosexual Desires in Madrassas: Their Evil Tactics and Preventive Measures," a sermon delivered by Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar in May 1986. This significant work will be released in English translation in July 2023.
"Homosexual Desires in Madrassas" serves as an instructive manual, aiming to address and prevent the issue of pederasty and cyclical abuse within Madrassas. Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar draws upon his extensive knowledge to deliver a comprehensive sermon, shedding light on the topic of homosexual inclinations in Madrassa settings and advocating for their restraint. The sermon emphasizes the pursuit of divine love, both between man and God and between a teacher and their students, as an alternative to indulging in worldly and primal desires.
The sermon commences with an exploration of the sacred relationship between Maulana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and his mentor, Shams-Ul-Din Tabrizi, followed by Rumi's interactions with his protégés. Acknowledging the prevalence of sexual abuse against young children at the hands of their Qari sahibs in Madrassas across South Asia and the Arab world, Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar presents references from the Quran, Hadith, and the poetic couplets of Maulana Rumi. Moreover, he incorporates numerous scholarly Quranic exegeses, providing a valuable intervention in addressing the issue of pederastic relationships between students and teachers in Madrassas.
Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (1928 – 2 June 2013) was a distinguished Pakistani Islamic scholar, poet, and Sufi mentor. He played a pioneering role in establishing Jamiah Ashraful Madarais in Karachi. Throughout his lifetime, Akhtar delivered countless sermons in Madrassas across South Asia and authored numerous books. His notable works include "Faizan-e-Muhabbat," "Ruh Ki Beemariyan Aur Unka Ilaaj," "Tajalliat-e-Jazb," "Ma’rifat-e-Ilahiya," and his magnum opus, "Ma’arif-e-Masnavi." The latter, a critical interpretation of Maulana Rumi's Masnavi, garnered high praise from important Islamic scholars and was also translated into English by South African scholar Yusaf Karaan.