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The Rise of Homosexuality: An Islamic Perspective

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The Rise of Homosexuality: An Islamic Perspective

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“The Islamic tradition has always acknowledged that some people may have homosexual impulses and this is not considered a sin in Islam. To act on these sexual impulses is considered a sin in Islam.

There is a difference of opinion among Muslim jurists whether this is a punishable crime or not. Muslims are not allowed to impose their beliefs on non-Muslims. As Muslims we must believe in equality and inclusiveness. People should not be discriminated for any reason. It is important to humanise people and not to dehumanise.” – Sheikh Umar Qadri 

In the last few decades we’ve seen a major shift in the public opinion with regards to homosexuality. Tolerance and acceptance has shot up, from industries such as music, film, and sports, as well as the education system and the general public at large. Homosexuality has gone from being an action that one performs, to a form of identification and a culture, with the LGBT movement continuously gaining power and influence.

With Islam, which opposes homosexuality, also on the rise, and being the fastest growing religion in the world, there are a number of things that we must address. What is the story of Prophet Lut (Lot) in the Qur’an? How does this relate to the rise of homosexuality in the Western world today? What is our stance towards homosexuals and is Islam a homophobic religion?

Prophet Lut and his experiences with his people have been referred to in multiple places within the Qur’an, highlighting the importance of his story. Ibrahim (Abraham), heard of same-gender relations occurring in a faraway town, and so he sent Lut, who was his cousin, as an ambassador and preacher to the town.

The people of Lut weren’t just performing homosexual acts, but rather homosexual acts on both a public and large scale…

The story in the Qur’an begins with Prophet Lut asking his people “Do you engage in something that has never been performed before on the history of this earth?” One must ask, is the Qur’an stating a historical fact? That homosexual acts had never been performed by people on earth until that period of time? No, this isn’t the case. The people of Lut weren’t just performing homosexual acts, but rather homosexual acts on both a public and large scale, hence the Prophet posing his question.

The Prophet asked further, why do you cut off the line of nature? Why do you refuse to marry women? Years pass, and Prophet Lut continued to preach to a people that simply refused to listen and persisted performing public, indecent acts. Three angels, in the form of young, good looking men, were sent by Allah (God) to destroy this town, as was done to the people of ‘Aad, Irem and Saleh. When they came to Lut, telling him they were strangers, Lut took them to his house as guests. His wife betrayed him, climbed to the roof of the house and signalled to the whole town to come toward Lut and his guests. When the townspeople saw the young men, they became adamant on taking these men for themselves.

Lut attempted in every manner to convince these people to leave his guests alone, and to not embarrass him. Indeed, it reached the stage where to protect his guests, he even offered the townsmen his daughters to marry. As expected, the townspeople refused and attempted to take the men. At this point, the angels revealed their identities, and the town, which was located next to the Dead Sea, was destroyed.

The question now arises, how does this relate to the rise of homosexuality in the West? Let’s focus momentarily on the UK. In the UK, homosexuality was at one point seen as a mental illness, and then a criminal offence. However, as the numbers of homosexual acts increased, and the number of people committing these acts increased, along with their influence, laws were introduced which changed the game, most notably the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which decriminalised homosexual acts between two consenting men in private.

Now, decades later, gay-marriage has become legal and commonly accepted within society. Homosexual practices in the time of Lut started off as acts of promiscuity. They were actions, there were no profiles. In the UK, homosexual acts were simply acts of promiscuity. Lut preached and told his people to stop, and as a response, their numbers increased and acts worsened. In the same way, homosexual acts were criminal offences in the UK, and when the Government told the people to not commit this act, their numbers and acts both increased and worsened.

Although this occurred around 3000 years ago, you’ll still see the same pattern in the West…

Suddenly, we notice that these people have a profile, they’re gay. It jumped from orientation, to being able to perform the act without punishment, and finally ended with “this person is homosexual”. The people of Lut went from being promiscuous to rebellious towards the religion of Ibrahim, and finally into an open rebellion. Although this occurred around 3000 years ago, you’ll still see the same pattern in the West: promiscuous acts, to rebellion to being told what to do, and finally forming a rebellious culture which is willing to fight what opposes it.

This is partly the reason for Christianity’s slow but sure demise in the West. Christians, mainly conservatives from the USA, openly preach hatred towards homosexuals, and polls have shown that this has pushed youth away from their religion. A survey finds that among those who say they left their childhood religion and now have no religious identity, nearly one in four (24%) say their church’s negative teachings or treatment of LGBT people was an important reason why they left.[1]

The number of Americans who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian rose from 22% in 1993 to 65% today…

Many also have people close to them that are homosexual, which has pushed them to be defensive when facing criticisms of homosexuality. The number of Americans who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian rose from 22% in 1993 to 65% today. Again, millennials lead the way: 71% say they have a close friend or relative who is gay or lesbian.[2]

So, what is our stance towards homosexuality? From the offset, there is no doubt that Islam opposes homosexual practices, and views them as immoral, indecent and inhumane. Allah destroying the people of Lut highlights just how opposed to homosexuality Islam is, and there is no doubt that we criticise it. However, does this make us homophobic? Not in the slightest. We do not dislike nor hate people that commit homosexual acts, we oppose the acts themselves.

For us, homosexuality is a sin, as is the consumption of alcohol, and pork, and yet the latter two are common practices in the West which are continuously criticised by us. We all make mistakes, and everybody has their own struggle. We love all people, we do not hate them; we hate sins. Not just homosexual practices, but also sins that we ourselves fall into, for as the commander of the faithful, Ali ibn Abi Talib said, “Nothing hurts the heart more than sin”[3]. We love all people, and it’s because of that, that we oppose homosexuality. For if you truly love somebody, you will hate every dehumanising act or belief that harms that person.

We are all equal, and are all on the same journey. We must help one another, and love one another.

We live by the words of Ali ibn Abi Talib, who in a letter to his companion Malik al Ashtar writes, “Man is either your brother in faith or your equal in humanity”.[4] If you go back to the story of Lut, notice how he even offers his own flesh and blood to keep his people away from sin. We are all equal, and are all on the same journey. We must help one another, and love one another.

When we reach the end of our path, and we arrive at the time of Judgement, Allah, Glory be to Him, will judge us according to what we have done. For when it comes down to it, we are ultimately, but beliefs and actions.

[1] http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/26/homosexuality-opinion-survey/5828455/

[2]Ibid.

[3]Al Kafi

[4]Nahjul Balagha

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  • Edward Alexander
    November 6, 2018 6:26 pm

    As so often the Quran changes the story. In the Hebrew Bible it is clear from the Hebrew that men and WOMEN came to Lot’s house. The gross sin of Sodom is inhospitality, abuse of strangers, shady dealings and violence. There is hetero version of this story in Chronicles in the Hebrew Bible. The Jews condemned homosexuality because it is an inversion of the male-female role as they saw it: likewise they condemned men who had sex with their wives during their period- they were to be drive from the people for polluting themselves and the land. Anyone want to knock on doors to inquire if this is going on in your town? Sacred texts are full of outlandish ideas, misinformation and jut plan wrong facts. They can be great use in teaching people not to commit injustice, or be predators and oppressors.

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  • I believe Muslim Scholars should discuss this issue on TV, radio and definitely the internet WAY more. And by way more I mean talk about solutions and not the punishment … you can barely find a scholar who says anything about this and its a huge problem in our society.

    Msy Allah heal us All.

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  • I stopped at some point.you matched the pattern of story of Hazrat Lut A.S with the pattern of west today and also that christianity is on demise because people were stopped from the act.Does by any mean you want to say that Islam and Hazrat Lut A.S. approach led to increased acts and thus the approach should have been changed?just a question came in mind….

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  • Jamila Sabur
    July 4, 2015 4:18 pm

    IMAM OF THE MUSLIMS OF AMERICA,

    EL-SHEIKH SYED MUBARIK ALI SHAH GILLANI AL-HASHIMI DECLARES

    SUPREME COURT RULING AS BLACKEST DAY IN HISTORY OF MANKIND

    SODOM AND GOMORRAH COMES TO AMERICA

    On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-gender couples the right to marry, a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. However, the decision is surely a tragedy and detriment to humankind for all time to come, placing us at the Hand of Almighty God’s Wrath.

    The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees due process and equal protection under the law, mandating that states cannot ban same-gender marriages. With this ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.

    The decision came in time for the subject to be addressed by eminent scholar and Imam Al-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Hashmi in the Friday sermon that was telecast nationally to the Muslims of America’s (TMOA) congregations. Al-Sheikh Gilani, speaking via Skype, addressed the decision as making it “the darkest day in human history.” He declared that this day was a black day in the history of mankind and that it was the day that humanity sunk to a level of debasement and shame. “We are now living in an era of total degradation and immorality with a disregard and rejection of the Divine Law of The Almighty, as clearly established in the Bible and Qur’an.” He resolved that every nation and religion on earth should remember this day and memorialize it every year as “Black Day.”

    The consequence of this decision is that mankind is suffering due to the wrath of Allah. Al-Sheikh Gilani recounted the Qur’anic and biblical stories of peoples in the past whom Allah has vanquished due to their disobedience to Him and violations of the laws of righteousness and morality. History is our example. There is the story of Dawud (David), when the Jews were enjoined to uphold the Sabbath by leaving off work, but when fish would come only on the Sabbath, they chose to violate Divine Law and fished anyway. There were three groups in the particular town at this time. The first group was the violators. The next was a group that followed a pious Rabbi who stayed away from the violators, but did nothing to stop them and simply closed their doors saying,”We don’t want to get involved.” The last group was one of common people, who would confront and fight with the violators of the Sabbath, asking them, “Are you not afraid of Almighty Allah? He may send wrath upon you like He sent before you when they disobeyed.” Those who disobeyed and those who did not enjoin what was right received a severe punishment from Allah.

    There are other stories to mention: that of Lut (Lot) and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah; the people of ‘Ad and Thamud; the people of Nuh (Noah); and the people with Pharaoh, who challenged the Power and Judgment of Almighty Allah. All these and more, due to their disobedience to Allah, were destroyed and wiped from the face of the earth.

    Already, there are dividing lines among Americans, even within the Court itself, as the dissenters raised concerns about the impact of the case on people opposed to same-gender marriage on religious grounds. Although the ruling only affects state laws and religious institutions can still choose whether to marry same-gender couples, the prediction is that there will be future legal conflicts and cause for social strife. “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-[gender] marriage,” said Chief Justice Roberts in his dissent from the bench. Also, in a blistering dissenting opinion, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said the ruling “says that my ruler and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court … the decision shows the court is a “threat to American democracy.”

    Another dissenting voice is that of former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who stated, “The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do – redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

    The West is suffering at the hands of immoral and errant judges who think they have the right to change Divine Decree. However, we say here, to men and women of faith who believe in the One Almighty Creator: know that He is the Ruler and the final decision lies with Him.

    In his message to his followers and to all believing people at large, Al-Sheikh Gilani cautioned them to “save your souls, save your lives.” He said, “We (the Godfearing) must all stand up and condemn this decision. Otherwise, we will suffer the same fate as those who came before us. These violators are going to suffer, let there be no doubt. These people were arrogant and haughty. This is the last nail in the coffin of so-called western society. Almighty God, Allah, will not forgive this. He will take revenge like He took revenge upon those who indulged in sinful relations and are now suffering from His wrath with AIDS, a Divine affliction that is not a disease.”Al-Sheikh Gilani also said, “We must condemn these acts and declare a social boycott of all who do not stand against same-gender marriage, in an effort to save ourselves. We must stand up. Only then will we be saved.”

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  • All true Muslims will not do favor to this sin. May Allah give them punishment as soon as they deserve for this great sin. The Muslims must take serious step against this to save our generations

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    • Sunya Mookaji
      May 29, 2017 4:35 pm

      P.S Hopefully we will take care of the Muslim threat to freedom,democracy, peaceful and respectful coexistence and compassion in the world. Islam is a barbaric and savage ideology that has no place in a modern and humane society. It is a facist ideology, an autocracy not too dissimilar from Nazism . Saudi Arabia has a special force for the prevention of indecency and the maintenance of virtue . If it takes a special force to regulate human interaction then that in itself is an indictment of this foul controlling rhetoric. This religion is not of God but of an entity that seeks to oppress and control humanity. I’d rather a Muslim holocaust than a world controlled by Sharia and it’s degrading ideology. Muslims need to focus on going human and adapting its ideology to humanitarian ideals instead of expecting humanity to die and fulfil its inhumanity.. This is an ideal that I am willing to die for rather than submit to the insane constructs of an uneducated illiterate shepherd and his cohorts.
      Islam is a death cult and belongs with the dead rather than the living .
      There is no God no Allah if all
      that he could come up with is Islam .

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  • Hate the sin but not the sinner.

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    • Thats what m saying. Treat them . Send them to psychiatrist.

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      • Psychiatrists don’t try to change people’s natural orientation, they would help them accept themselves as they are. It is ISLAM that causes gay people grief.

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      • Sunya Mookaji
        May 29, 2017 3:08 pm

        C’mon, if anyone needs a psychiatric referral then it’s Muslims. Your entire religion is based upon the delusions of a superstitious fearful corrupted illiterate. The Arabs envied the Jews and the Christians so they tried to go one better and invented Islam to try to suppress their feelings of inferiority . Unfortunately, in the process they made God do a 360 and came up with the barbaric doctrine known of as Islam! Thing is if there was an omnipotent God who created the Universe and all things in it , surely he would have got it right from the get go with the Jews . Muslims are like Sheep or retarded . By not using their ability to think critically you can put any shit in their heads and they’ll believe it , like the Virgin Birth or Flying Horses ! Lol. C’mon guys , get real and go human !

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        • people like sunya should be send to some mental hospitals because all they have is jealousy and hatred towards every other thing other thn what they believe……utter joker lolz

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  • Gay people are sick and need to be treated psychologically. In search of new and different things people go anywhere and do anything to kill there boredom but finally they end up in killing themselves. Sick people with sick mentality.

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    • Sunya Mookaji
      May 29, 2017 3:31 pm

      It’s still better than killing people though isn’t it ! I’d rather gay people shagging than Mussies hacking off people’s heads in the name of a
      “God” that’s never ever had the decency to introduce himself personally! Muslims are brain dead and as a group add nothing to enhance or advance the human experience. In fact with their dogma and doctrine and blatant brainwashing they detract from our species rather than improve it .Their not even taught to be honest , loving and respectful but are taught to lie , hate , kill and destroy to spread their maniacal beliefs. And all this in the name of a belief that belongs in the unelightened backward barbarian past. Mussies are pussies that feed off the compassion and generosity of the west while simultaneously working to destroy it . That makes Muslims like cancerous tumours and judging by the duplicitous way they conduct themselves they’re just that while enjoying western freedom and democracy while trying to destroy it . Homosexuals on the other hand enrich and contribute to our freedoms and liberty by being themselves and living their lives despite their oppression and subjugation by lesser, uneducated, in-compassionate beings . Mussies should learn to love instead of their predisposition to judgements and hate . But then that’s what Islam is all about . That is not the work of any God or Allah , more like the work of the devil.

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  • Mohammad Hashir
    June 28, 2015 11:15 pm

    Stupid bullshit article. “We love homosexuals we just think their acts make them indecent and inhumane.” I mean really? Out of all the shit Muslim countries do including but not limited to Saudi Arabia, Iran and other monarchs like Qatar and Kuwait who have crazy ass laws against women and homosexuals, you think that gay people’s acts are indecent and inhumane??!

    FUCK YOU!!!

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    • Very well put.

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    • Sunya Mookaji
      May 29, 2017 3:44 pm

      Sorry but Islam does not love homosexuals. No one chooses to be gay , just as left handed people do not choose to be left handed or black people choose to be black . The fact that homosexuality is rampant behind closed doors in Muslim countries even with the threat of death ominously hanging over their heads the compulsion to engage with same sex partners doesn’t go away. If your gay then you need to have gay sex just as most women feel compelled to become pregnant and give birth. It’s hard wired into them and is a necessity for them to live fulfilling and happy lives . In the same way gays need to have gay sex to fulfill their innate and biological imperative so you cannot separate the human being from the behaviour. It is innate.

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      • go to your cave joker lolzzz….and keep telling yourself your idiotic views who are devoid of any logic or reference….go back and carry on with ur drugs lolz

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  • Ryan Langfeldt
    June 28, 2015 8:58 am

    ‘Loving the sinner, loathing the sin’ is a step forward from outright hatred and oppression, but equality is the ideal we should be aiming for. Homosexuality is normal. It is not a sin. Condemning something merely because the Quran forbids it is erroneous – after all, Mohamed owned slaves. Yes, he advocated for more humane treatment of them but he kept slaves nonetheless. Would we therefore advocate for slavery today? No. This is because society evolves, whereas scripture is stagnant.

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    • Just saying Muhammad (p.b.u.h) had slaves is not enough. You should read how his slave Zaid (a.s) refused to go with his father and stayed with him all his life and was treated by him as his own son.
      Moveover, even if we leave religion a side, gay marriages are not productive. And even medical science is even against it because our bodies are not designed that way. :)

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      • Ryan Langfeldt
        June 28, 2015 10:27 am

        If Muhamad treated the slave like his own son, then why did he not simply abolish the practice of slavery altogether? He allowed the exploitation of slaves to go on, so in effect, he condoned the practice – because he lived in a time when it was considered to be acceptable. Therefore, Muhamad’s pronouncements were limited by their historical and cultural context. They are not universal, and may not be applied unconditionally. The Quran – and the Bible, etc – should not be read literally.

        And there is no scientific argument against gay marriage. Marriage is a social and cultural practice – things which science, particularly, biology, is silent on. Anthropology, history and ethics are the disciplines we need to engage when we discuss marriage. And reproduction is plainly NOT the main reason people get married – it is for companionship and mutual support. After all, the elderly, and the infertile are allowed to marry – and they cannot reproduce.

        Your argument, I suspect, is simply made out of your dislike for gay people.

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        • Za'imul Wa'ie
          June 29, 2015 8:03 am

          Here’s an article regarding Islam and slavery.

          http://islamqa.info/en/94840

          Slaves in Islam aren’t treated any lesser than how a human beings ought to be treated. Islam does not allow the exploitation to go on at all, it means to change it slowly and through that process reduce it if not abolish it altogether. That’s why it is encouraged to free slaves in Islam. They are simply people under the employment of another, like a butler or helper and pretty much have every right a person should have like to marry another. They can even buy their own freedom if they wanted. So no, slavery in Islam isn’t an exploitation of one’s freedom, since that is against the principles of Islam in the first place and any abuse towards the slave would warrant him/her his/her freedom. Slavery in Islam doesn’t have the same connotation as slavery in other religion or country and that makes a lot of difference.

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          • Ryan Langfeldt
            June 29, 2015 1:02 pm

            No, a butler or a servant is a freely chosen means of employment. A slave is literally the property of the owner, and is not free. And, according to the article you shared, ‘The reason for slavery is kufr and fighting against Allaah and His Messenger…’ In other words, Islam condones the enslavement of non-believers who fight wars against Muslims. This is abhorrent, and today is considered a war crime. The Quran cannot be taken literally.

          • Run2Christ HD
            June 20, 2016 10:27 pm

            So you think slavery is abhorrent? Fair enough. Yet you complain when anyone finds homosexuality abhorrent? You don’t think slavery is normal, some people don’t think homosexuality is normal. Tolerate everything you find agreeable, but do not tolerate anyone who does not tolerate what you want them to tolerate. So then you go get the state to impose your ideology on to others.

          • Ryan Langfeldt
            June 20, 2016 11:21 pm

            For you to compare homosexuality with slavery shows a hideous amount of contempt for gays and lesbians. Homosexuality simply is normal. Modern medicine recognises this. Further, fighting for increased tolerance for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered folks (GLBT) is a matter of human rights, and in certain cases, life and death. Because homophobia is hugely destructive – ostracism and hate can destroy self-esteem, and self-worth. Because humans are social creatures – we all need friends, social support, the esteem of our neighbours, colleagues, class mates, family. But in an environment where gays are condemned as ‘freaks’ ‘sinners’ and ‘weak’, the mental health of GLBT folks can suffer immensely – they become vulnerable to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and suicide. Is this really the sort of society you want? Where people who are simply different are made to hate themselves? Surely your basic sense of human decency would WANT tolerance for homosexuality! GLBT are not a threat to society – hatred, and human indecency, are the threat.

          • That same database (islamqa) has fatwas explaining that it is perfectly legal to buy and sell slaves, and that a female slave has no choice but to have sex with her master.

            Your description of slavery in Islam is inaccurate. Slavery is not like employment at all since an employee can terminate employment at any time and slaves cannot. Slaves cannot buy their freedom unless their owner agrees. Slaves can only marry other slaves, there is no marriage between free individuals and slaves in Islam because marrying a slave requires manumission first. And yes, slavery in Islam doesn’t have the same connotation since no other types of slavery legitimized and made rules around sex between slaves and masters the way Islam did.

        • That was 1400 years ago. Look at the history of the west a 100 years ago. Please! Stop

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        • Aunali Khaku
          July 25, 2016 2:53 pm
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  • There’s nothing wrong with being gay. People are attracted to the same sex and I could care less what the Qur’an has to say about it. Nobody should be expected to go against their nature. It’s time for us to GROW UP.

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    • grow up? stupid statement there. how u gonna make babies now? no future generations uh?

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      • Abdul Rasheed Timm
        June 28, 2015 11:59 am

        Sorry Kim Rose, but would that mean also that infertile men and women have to stay single and alone? So you’re statement seem also a bit on the stupid side, concidering that everyone is entitled to an opinion.

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        • Im talking abt the gays. Nothing to do w infertile men n women. I just want them to realize the real thing man which is being straight.

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          • Abdul Rasheed Timm
            July 1, 2015 10:47 am

            OK, so who would you be to make a world wide decision of what is the real thing and what isn’t? It’s not like gay people make a voice to be gay, they just are.

          • OK. I guess you are defending gay rights just like Prophet Lut wife and fam. Where at the end of day , Islam win bro. Peace

  • Salah eddine KHACEF
    June 28, 2015 5:56 am

    I didn’t read all of it , just my idea is : Judge with the book of allah , and the Sunnah of Mohamed (Peace be open on him )
    it’s all of it

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  • I think everyone is not fully understanding the story of Lut/Lot. The men who cam to Lot’s house wanted to rape the Angels, Were engaging in al acts of sexual immorality in mass public orgies & engaged in many other acts if Vice be it greed gluttony or lust. This is why the town was destroyed. Now had this group came sat ate welcomed them, acted civilly towards them even though many were openly gay things would have turned out quite different. Which is more sinful a man married to anther man for 50 years or a man who trades in a new wife every 10 so he can have a hot trophy wife?

    I believe there are greater sins than loving the same person till one dies.

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  • Abid Ali Nizami
    June 27, 2015 10:25 pm

    No doubt about that one should not participate in this grave sin if he wants Allah’s mercy here and after but that doesn’t mean we should kill or avoid these people, the success of our religion islam is in preaching and its righteousness, its our responsibility to show them what the right path is and how can you get purified, obviously by following the Quran and Hadith.

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    • I ask this of my fellow Christians. Is he all powerful & almighty? If the answer is Yes then by the Courts ruling we are to assume one of three things.
      1. God is a myth or he would have prevented this.
      2. God is a weak powerless God and the evil one is stronger more powerful
      3. The Ruling is by God’s will & Design.
      If God did not want the US court to rule as it did he could have easily swayed them to vote that way as he did not I can only assume God’s plan is greater than any I can think of & I must accept HIS will over my belief.

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      • 1. The power to choose has been given to is by God. Whether we chose the right thing or the wrong is up to us.
        2. All things are by the decree of God. But that does not mean that each and every action of ours is pre destined. God decress form us what we wamt…power of choice….we ask him for something it is His will yo grant it.
        3. Not every action pleases God. Concept of sin and good. Of you choose something bad He decrees for you the sin you choose. Same case for good.

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      • I don’t think the point is for God to step in and fix us. He points us in the right direction, but in the end we do have free will. In Christian and Muslim beliefs, Jesus will return when the world is full of sinners; God won’t step in to stop that, simply because that is how this life is supposed to end. By that thinking, this could be a sign of the 2nd coming of Jesus.

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  • The people who are now believing homosexuality is love and they should have freedom to marry same gender partners , should first understand the meaning of love, its not just about havin sexual desires , love is about bounding between two person, by which a recent survey in Australia revealed the MSM community dont have monogamy relationship, each man has more than 2 or 3 partners , then how would you call this love ? lets forget about love, medical science reveals homosexuals are most vulnerable to get infected with dozens of Sexual transmission disease beside HIV, AIDS, so how does it benefit your life ? The picture below proves how just in Netherlands where first same sex marriage was permitted got increased in HIV AIDS, so you are just walking on the path of destruction in this world and here after, truly we dont hate you but our duty is to make you aware of the consequences .

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    • Christina Williams
      June 27, 2015 9:05 pm

      Homosexuality is not an mental disorder, it’s about one’s actions and love, and feelings towards the same sex, or lets say having belief that they are of Opposite sex, I met a few women who haven’t undergone plastic surgery or sexual reassignment, when I looked at them, I could tell that they look like men, but having the course of being an absolute woman, Did God deliberately make this female into a man with masculine arms and masucline features to everything else. You could say it’s an test towards this woman to see if she could cope up with an environment and look upon only accustom to religious conditions, Who would marry this Manly Dominant Women? How can you make unnatural feelings toward this women to whoever desires to marry her? Fargo your feelings to your unconditional attitude in religions sake, to please the lord, eventhrough it’s impossible? Lets not judge anyone and practise there sin in private and repent, as God is the ultimatum of the Judge, not you.

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    • “each man has more than 2 or 3 partners , then how would you call this love”. How deliciously ironic to read this on a Muslim site. I will remember this next time another woman complains to me that her husband has taken a second wife.

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      • She shouldn’t complain. A husband cannot have a second wife without the permission of the first.

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        • Please provide proof that consent of first wife is required.

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          • Read the Quran.

          • A man is not required to seek permission from his first wife. Islam permits a man to have four wives at a time, provided he can treat them with equality and at the same time tells him that he cant treat them equally.

            Its in the constitution of Pakistan that a man has to seek the permission of his first wife to marry a second one and this clause was included in the constitution by ayub khan in 1962

          • If you still can’t find it let me know.

          • Please cite the verse where consent is required.

      • @NN its better to have 2 to 3 wives than to have countless girlfriends.

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        • That’s a judgment call, isn’t it? Sometimes it is better to have countless girlfriends. Sometimes it is better to BE a girlfriend than a wife. Not all relationships are meant to last.

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    • HIV/AIDS is not a “gay disease” If a man has sex with a woman who is infected he WILL be infected no mater how straight he may be.

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    • Abdul Rasheed Timm
      July 1, 2015 11:01 am

      How many straight people have more then one partner, while being married or in a relationship. Statistics have also shown that the rate of HIV & AIDS are on the up is the straight population, so are other STI’s. It is also unreasonable to say that homosexuals are most vulnerable to get infected with dozens of Sexual transmission disease beside HIV, AIDS. Everyone, gay, bi or straight are putting themselves open to those infections when having multiple sexual partners which whom they have unprotected sexual contact. It has nothing to do with a persons sexuality, but all about a persons sexual lifestyle.

      It is also a fact that there are a lot of homosexual couples that are in a monogamy relationship for years and years. I personally know of couples that have been in a monogamy relationship with each other for 30+ years. However, I know a lot of straight couples that have not lasted that long, while divorce is on the up in many countries.

      It is right that many gay men are still living a lifestyle that does put them open to risks, but this is also the fact for straight people. This does not take away from the fact that anyone in the LGBT community in a loving relationship. And it is also a fact that many straight couples are in abusive, unloving relationships that will end up in a divorce court.

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“The Islamic tradition has always acknowledged that some people may have homosexual impulses and this is not considered a sin in Islam. To act on these sexual impulses is considered a sin in Islam.

There is a difference of opinion among Muslim jurists whether this is a punishable crime or not. Muslims are not allowed to impose their beliefs on non-Muslims. As Muslims we must believe in equality and inclusiveness. People should not be discriminated for any reason. It is important to humanise people and not to dehumanise.” – Sheikh Umar Qadri 

In the last few decades we’ve seen a major shift in the public opinion with regards to homosexuality. Tolerance and acceptance has shot up, from industries such as music, film, and sports, as well as the education system and the general public at large. Homosexuality has gone from being an action that one performs, to a form of identification and a culture, with the LGBT movement continuously gaining power and influence.

With Islam, which opposes homosexuality, also on the rise, and being the fastest growing religion in the world, there are a number of things that we must address. What is the story of Prophet Lut (Lot) in the Qur’an? How does this relate to the rise of homosexuality in the Western world today? What is our stance towards homosexuals and is Islam a homophobic religion?

Prophet Lut and his experiences with his people have been referred to in multiple places within the Qur’an, highlighting the importance of his story. Ibrahim (Abraham), heard of same-gender relations occurring in a faraway town, and so he sent Lut, who was his cousin, as an ambassador and preacher to the town.

The people of Lut weren’t just performing homosexual acts, but rather homosexual acts on both a public and large scale…

The story in the Qur’an begins with Prophet Lut asking his people “Do you engage in something that has never been performed before on the history of this earth?” One must ask, is the Qur’an stating a historical fact? That homosexual acts had never been performed by people on earth until that period of time? No, this isn’t the case. The people of Lut weren’t just performing homosexual acts, but rather homosexual acts on both a public and large scale, hence the Prophet posing his question.

The Prophet asked further, why do you cut off the line of nature? Why do you refuse to marry women? Years pass, and Prophet Lut continued to preach to a people that simply refused to listen and persisted performing public, indecent acts. Three angels, in the form of young, good looking men, were sent by Allah (God) to destroy this town, as was done to the people of ‘Aad, Irem and Saleh. When they came to Lut, telling him they were strangers, Lut took them to his house as guests. His wife betrayed him, climbed to the roof of the house and signalled to the whole town to come toward Lut and his guests. When the townspeople saw the young men, they became adamant on taking these men for themselves.

Lut attempted in every manner to convince these people to leave his guests alone, and to not embarrass him. Indeed, it reached the stage where to protect his guests, he even offered the townsmen his daughters to marry. As expected, the townspeople refused and attempted to take the men. At this point, the angels revealed their identities, and the town, which was located next to the Dead Sea, was destroyed.

The question now arises, how does this relate to the rise of homosexuality in the West? Let’s focus momentarily on the UK. In the UK, homosexuality was at one point seen as a mental illness, and then a criminal offence. However, as the numbers of homosexual acts increased, and the number of people committing these acts increased, along with their influence, laws were introduced which changed the game, most notably the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which decriminalised homosexual acts between two consenting men in private.

Now, decades later, gay-marriage has become legal and commonly accepted within society. Homosexual practices in the time of Lut started off as acts of promiscuity. They were actions, there were no profiles. In the UK, homosexual acts were simply acts of promiscuity. Lut preached and told his people to stop, and as a response, their numbers increased and acts worsened. In the same way, homosexual acts were criminal offences in the UK, and when the Government told the people to not commit this act, their numbers and acts both increased and worsened.

Although this occurred around 3000 years ago, you’ll still see the same pattern in the West…

Suddenly, we notice that these people have a profile, they’re gay. It jumped from orientation, to being able to perform the act without punishment, and finally ended with “this person is homosexual”. The people of Lut went from being promiscuous to rebellious towards the religion of Ibrahim, and finally into an open rebellion. Although this occurred around 3000 years ago, you’ll still see the same pattern in the West: promiscuous acts, to rebellion to being told what to do, and finally forming a rebellious culture which is willing to fight what opposes it.

This is partly the reason for Christianity’s slow but sure demise in the West. Christians, mainly conservatives from the USA, openly preach hatred towards homosexuals, and polls have shown that this has pushed youth away from their religion. A survey finds that among those who say they left their childhood religion and now have no religious identity, nearly one in four (24%) say their church’s negative teachings or treatment of LGBT people was an important reason why they left.[1]

The number of Americans who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian rose from 22% in 1993 to 65% today…

Many also have people close to them that are homosexual, which has pushed them to be defensive when facing criticisms of homosexuality. The number of Americans who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian rose from 22% in 1993 to 65% today. Again, millennials lead the way: 71% say they have a close friend or relative who is gay or lesbian.[2]

So, what is our stance towards homosexuality? From the offset, there is no doubt that Islam opposes homosexual practices, and views them as immoral, indecent and inhumane. Allah destroying the people of Lut highlights just how opposed to homosexuality Islam is, and there is no doubt that we criticise it. However, does this make us homophobic? Not in the slightest. We do not dislike nor hate people that commit homosexual acts, we oppose the acts themselves.

For us, homosexuality is a sin, as is the consumption of alcohol, and pork, and yet the latter two are common practices in the West which are continuously criticised by us. We all make mistakes, and everybody has their own struggle. We love all people, we do not hate them; we hate sins. Not just homosexual practices, but also sins that we ourselves fall into, for as the commander of the faithful, Ali ibn Abi Talib said, “Nothing hurts the heart more than sin”[3]. We love all people, and it’s because of that, that we oppose homosexuality. For if you truly love somebody, you will hate every dehumanising act or belief that harms that person.

We are all equal, and are all on the same journey. We must help one another, and love one another.

We live by the words of Ali ibn Abi Talib, who in a letter to his companion Malik al Ashtar writes, “Man is either your brother in faith or your equal in humanity”.[4] If you go back to the story of Lut, notice how he even offers his own flesh and blood to keep his people away from sin. We are all equal, and are all on the same journey. We must help one another, and love one another.

When we reach the end of our path, and we arrive at the time of Judgement, Allah, Glory be to Him, will judge us according to what we have done. For when it comes down to it, we are ultimately, but beliefs and actions.

[1] http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/26/homosexuality-opinion-survey/5828455/

[2]Ibid.

[3]Al Kafi

[4]Nahjul Balagha

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