Islam and Homosexuality

One of the most common acts known to humankind at the present is what is termed homosexuality. This refers to the situation where a male has a sexual relationship with another male. This acts, the impact of which makes some peoples’ skin crawl, which words cannot describe, is evidence of perverted instincts, total collapse of shame and honor, and extreme filthiness of character and soul. Hisham Ibn said, “ Had Allah not informed us of the sinful deeds of the people of Lut, one would never have believed that males would commit such actions together.”

There is no doubt that in Islam homosexuality is considered ‘sinful’. Homosexuality as far as Islam is concerned is a profound mistake ( as are all sins if they are not intending to do wrong). Humans are not homosexuals by nature. People become homosexuals because of their environments.  

Human instincts can be subjected to acts of will. Sexuality is a choice of identity which follows choices of action which follow from choices of what to have sexual fantasies about. Human beings are especially able to control their thoughts, entertaining some and dismissing others.

 The truth is – you are what you choose to be ; you do what you choose to do ; you think what you choose to think. There may be long time delays between the causing choices and the effects but anyone can change themselves. There are reformed ex-drug addicts, reformed ex-compulsive gamblers and ex-homosexuals. In all these sins prevention is 1000 times better than cure and much easier.

It has been suggested that homosexuality is genetically inherited and that those who have this ‘predisposition’ are victims of it not sinners of any sort. However, there are other things which are probably genetically influenced to give predispositions to for example gambling or alcoholism .It could also be argued (and has been) that it is programmed into men’s genetics for them to be unfaithful to their partner. All these things don’t make it the right thing to do, nor does it prevent these things from being regarded as sinful. Drinking alcohol will still be regarded as sinful in Islam even if you have a predisposition to be an alcoholic.

Sexual activity between men was not known on Earth since creation until the time of the people of Lut. They were the people whose men began this practice amongst themselves, instead of with women. They would boast of their disgusting action in their gatherings and assemblies. In the Holy Qur’an  Lut (PUH) tells his people of their practice, “As never any being in the world has committed before you” (7:80). Amr Ibn Dinar said, “Males never performed sexual activities together before the people of Lut.” 

What al-Quran say about homosexuality? Shura Ash-Sh`ara’: 160-173 say:  ‘The people of Lot rejected the messengers. Their brother Lot said to them: ‘Will you not fear God? I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust. so fear God and obey me. No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord the of worlds. Of all the creatures of the world will you approach males, and leave those whom God has created for you as mates? Nay. You are people transgressing all limits.’ They said: ‘If you desist not O Lot, you will surely be cast out!’. He said: ‘I do detest your doings. O my Lord! Deliver me and my family from such things as they do.’ So we delivered him and his family, all except an old woman who lingered behind. The rest we destroyed utterly. We rained down on them a shower; and evil was the shower on those who were admonished.’

 A Hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallahu alaye wa sallam, shows his concern that people of his nation would take the steps of the people of Lut: “What I fear most for my people is that they imitate the people of Lut.” (Ahmad and others).

Why the prophet was shows his concern on this had this is not a great sin? Thus anyone who believes homosexuality is permissible, even if he does not practice it himself, is, in Muslim opinion, a non-believer. He does not believe in the teachings of Allah, his Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and the Muslims. He has not believed any of the verses and ahadeeth which prohibit homosexuality and describe it as one of the greatest sins of all. Anyone who rejects even one verse of the Qur’an is agreed to be a non-believer. In this case, the verses and ahadeeth prohibiting the practice of homosexuality are plenty.

 We are further informed of the evilness of this sin in the following hadeeth, “ The curse of Allah be upon he who has sexual activity with an animal, and he who imitates the people of Lut.” (Ahmad and Tirmithi)

The size of the punishment for this sin is enough to show how much it is refuted by Islam. The person who commits this sin and his partner should be put to death as the Prophet, sallallahu alahe wa sallam, said, “ He who is found committing the sin of the people of Lut should be killed along with his partner.” (Ahmad and others)

Once the peoples who practise homosexuality are feeling free from the curse of Allah then they are allowed to practise homosexuality and lesbianism.

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