Islam is a religion of peace, says Keysar Trad.
Islam is a religion of peace, says Keysar Trad. Richard Dobson

Muslim leader compares gay marriage to incest, backs 'No' vote

IMAMS and Islamic leaders are ramping up a campaign against same-sex marriage, using their sermons in mosques across Australia to urge the Muslim community to vote no.

Islamic Friendship Association of Australia head Keysar Trad has begun a tour of prayer halls in a bid to thwart same-sex marriage, comparing gay love to incestuous relationships­.

"We might love our mum and dad intensively but you don't denigrate that love with sexual behaviour," he said.

And the Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamad, is understood to have told a Bankstown prayer hall on Friday that legislating same-sex marriage was the start of a change that could mean it would be illegal to tell children homosexuality was wrong.

"We should all love each other but that type of love ends in denigrating people; there is nothing to stop you from having the utmost love for your friends who might be the same gender but it doesn't mean you strip naked together and start doing things," Mr Trad, the recent past president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said.

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