Humza Yousaf, the favorite to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish National Party leader and First Minister, has said he doesn't use his faith as the basis for decision-making when it comes to public policy. Yousaf, who describes himself as a proud Muslim said: I'm a supporter of equal marriage. I'm a Muslim, I'm someone who's proud of my faith. I'll be fasting in Ramadan in a few weeks time. But what I dont do is I don't use my faith as the basis of legislation. What I do as a representative, as a leader, as a member of the Scottish Parliament is to bring forward policy and pursue it in the best interests of the country.
Other Muslim public figures have made similar statements, such as American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who is a vocal supporter of gay rights. These statements clearly contradict Islam, but in secular societies to what extent can Muslim public figures compromise?
This edition of the program is a discussion on the extent to which Muslim politicians should compromise on representing their faith while serving in positions of power and influence in non-Muslim countries.