Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is a determined and brave man. But may be his life has prepared him for it. He is not only a gay Muslim but also an expert on the Quran. So, even though his dream and aim to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris may create a lot of controversy, controversy is not something new for him.
What’s more, he plans to do it as early as the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship.
Speaking to ABC News, he explained why he feels the need for such an establishment, "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," he said. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives hope back to many believers in my community."
Talking of what Islam has to say about it, he said, "Common prayer, practiced in an egalitarian setting and without any form of gender-based discrimination, is one of the pillars supporting the proposed reforms of our progressive representation of Islam."
He plans to call it "The Unity" mosque and it will initially operate in a Buddhist temple in a neighborhood in eastern Paris, but Zahed is not keen on letting the location become public just yet.
He prays that “straight men will pray together with gay men and women, everyone."