A Muslim leader who has invited gay people to take part in a community meal at his mosque in west Dublin has drawn contrasting criticism from some Muslims and LGBT groups abroad.

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chairman of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council, had described the invitation as an attempt by "the Irish Muslim community to reach out to our neighbours as an example of true Islamic ideals".

When later defending the decision from young Muslim critics, however, he appeared to describe homosexuals as "those who commit Fisq [sin]", sparking fresh criticism from groups representing gay Muslims.

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