Homosexuality

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In today’s society we are observing a dramatic change of attitude within the populous. While secularism is being highly promoted, people are becoming more and more unconscious of Allah (God). Many have and are resorting to denying Him and thus severing all ties with Him. The immediate consequence of this is that such people begin a gradual process of losing the sense of distinguishing between right and wrong and eventually all wrong becomes right to them. When they reach this stage they will do whatever is in their means to justify the wrong they are engaged in until it becomes acceptable to the people around them who are opposing them. Today there are many innovative or unnatural actions within our society that people are indulged in, some more than others. Among the many that we are currently witnessing, one of the most outstanding ones is homosexuality.

Here in Canada, gay movements have existed for a considerable amount of time. For many years they have been working hard towards the goal of complete acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle within society as the moral equivalent of heterosexuality. Their advancements have reached to the stage that in February 2005 a bill is scheduled to be proposed in Parliament in which the term ‘marriage’ will be redefined in a manner that it will be inclusive of gay and lesbian marriage: If passed, they will be entitled to all the benefits, rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual couples and all institutions except religious ones (for a short period of time) will be subjected to state enforcement.

While Canadians stand divided on the issue of whether homosexuality in general and gay marriages in specific is acceptable, the unfortunate thing which we are witnessing today is that some ‘muslims’ are in support of homosexuality and gay marriages claiming that there is nothing wrong with it in Islam. In order to verify this claim it is important that we refer to the book of our Creator and the teachings of our Prophet (s.a.w.), for Allah has instructed us;

“And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger if you believe in Allah and the last day. That is the best (way) and best in result”. (Holy Quran 4:59)

When turning to the Quran we find that we are all the descendants of one man i.e. Adam (a.s.) Allah states,

“O mankind, fear your Lord who created you from one soul…” (Holy Quran 4:1).

After creating the first of mankind, Allah created from him a female partner, He mentions,

“…and he created from it its mate …” (Holy Quran 4:1) i.e. Hawwa (a.s.) who was created from the left rib of Adam (a.s.). Allah then further mentions the purpose of creating a female partner for Adam (a.s.), by stating,

“… and dispersed from both of them many men and women..” (Holy Quran 4:1) i.e. for the sake of procreation. This point has been further elaborated in another verse in which Allah states,

“And Allah has made for you from yourselves mates and has made for you from your mates sons and grandsons…” (Holy Quran 16:72).

From these verses it becomes evident that the aim of Allah creating a female mate for a man and instilling within them carnal desires is to achieve procreation in order to preserve the human race here on earth. Thereafter Allah has limited lawful procreation between man and woman who are joined in the union of marriage, Allah mentions,

“And they who guard their private parts. Except on their wives..., for indeed they will not be admonished. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors.” (Holy Quran 23: 5 - 7).

In this verse Allah has ruled out all other forms of sexual activities, whether natural or unnatural as unlawful and forbidden. This includes homosexuality. Allah has then closed all the doors of those avenues that would lead one towards falling victim to these unlawful acts by ordering,

“And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse, indeed it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.” (Holy Quran 17:32)

Homosexuality is negatory of the natural role and aim of sexual activity. Its tendency’s were no where to be found in the first inhabitants of this earth. This unnatural practice originated in the satanic influenced people who dwelled in Sodom and Gomorrah during the era of Ibrahim (a.s.). In order that they should abandon this immorality, Allah had sent to them Lut (a.s) [the nephew of Ibrahim a.s.] as a Prophet. Allah relates,

“And (we had sent) Lut when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds (i.e. peoples)? Indeed you approach men with desire, instead of woman! Rather you are a transgressing people”. (Holy Quran 7:80-81)

But the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not very receptive to Lut (a.s) nor did they accept his message and advise. Rather they outright rejected him, became very sarcastic towards him and began issuing threats to him as Allah explains,

“The people of Lut rejected the messengers. When their brother Lut said to them, “Will you not fear Allah? Indeed I am for you a trustworthy messenger. So fear Allah and obey me. And I do not ask you for it any payment. My reward is only from the Lord of the worlds. Do you approach males among the worlds and leave what your Lord has created for you as your mates? But you are a transgressing people!” They said (in response), “If you do not desist, O Lut, you will surely be of those evicted” (Holy Quran 26:160-167)

However Lut (a.s.) did not give up his duty and continued to invite them towards the truth and a moral way of life until finally the city dwellers began to demand the exile of Lut (a .s.) as Allah relates,

"But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Expel the family of Lut from your city! Indeed they are people who keep themselves pure”. (Holy Quran 27:56)

At that point Lut (a.s.) turned to Allah and supplicated,

“My Lord, save me and my family from (the consequence of ) what they do:” (Holy Quran 26:69)

Allah accepted this prayer and saved his family as He states,

“So we saved him and all his family. Except an old woman (Lut’s wife) among those who remained behind (due to her disbelief). Then we destroyed the others.” (Holy Quran 26:170 - 173)

Allah explains in another verse as to how these people were destroyed.

“So the shriek seized them at sunrise. And we made the highest part (of the city) it’s lowest and rained upon them stones of hard clay. Indeed in that are signs for those who discern!” (Holy Quran 15: 73-74)

From this incident one can clearly observe how loathsome homosexuality is to Almighty Allah for He sent upon these people multiple punishments such as has never been witnessed before, all in succession. It is for this reason the Prophet (s.a.w.) has expressed,

“Indeed the most frightening thing I fear upon my nation is the practice of the people of Lut.” (Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi, Hakim)

In another narration reported by Tabrani in his ‘Al-Awsat’ on the authority of Abu Hurairah (r.a.) the Prophet (s.a.w.) has further clarified the position of a homosexual in the eyes of Allah by stating,

“Allah has cursed seven (groups) from his creation, from above his seven skies and he has repeated the curse upon one of those groups three times. He has cursed each one of them (i. e. those groups) with such a curse which will suffice them (for their destruction)”. He ( then) said, “Cursed is the one who practices the act of the People of Lut! Cursed is the one who practices the act of the People of Lut! Cursed is the one who practices the act of the People of Lut!..”. (Tabrani in Al-Awsat)

The Prophet (s.a.w.) has also explained the outcome of that society in which this unnatural practice becomes prevalent. Ibn Umar (r.a.) has narrated,

“The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) turned towards us and said, “Never does indecency emerge within a people to the extent that they publicize it except plague and torments spread within them, the likes of which have not passed in their predecessors who have passed away.” (Ibn Majah, Bazzar, Baihaqi).

Jabir bin Abdullah (r.a.) has related,

“The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “…And when sodomy increases Allah lifts His hand from the creation (thereafter) He does not care in which valley they perish.” (Tabrani)

From all this information it becomes clear that homosexuality has no place in Islam. This act is such that it is not even observed among beasts and a person who engages in it intensifies Allah’s anger to the extent that Allah will not even consider looking at him. Ibn Abbas (r.a.) has narrated,

“The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) mentioned, “Allah does not glance towards that man who approaches another man or woman (for fulfillment of his sexual desires) in (their) anus.” ( Tirmidhi).

May Allah save us all from developing such an unnatural habit and give us the ability to help those who are deviating far from the natural ways instructed by Almighty Allah. Ameen.
 

Article Taken (with Thanks) from Jami'yyatul Ulama Canada


 

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