Islâmic Ruling Concerning Homosexuality

Taken with slight modifications from Jumuah Magazine, Sha‘ban 1416


Islâm considers homosexuality as a sexual deviation leading to a perverted act which goes against the natural order Allâh intended for mankind. It is a corruption of the man’s sexuality and a crime against the opposite sex. Therefore, the Islâmic sharî‘ah strictly prohibits the practice of this perverted act. This is mentioned in many places in the holy Qur’ân.

The story of the people of the prophet Lűt who were addicted to this practice, is the best example. Prophet Lűt (‘alayhis-salâm) said to his people: “Verily, you do sodomy with men, and rob the wayfarer! And practice all wickedness in your meetings,” (Al-Ankabűt, 29:29). And he said to them: “Of all the creatures of the world, will you approach males, and leave those whom Allâh has created for you to be your wives? Nay, you are a trespassing people!” (Al-Shu‘arâ’, 26:165-166) But their answer to Prophet Lűt (‘alayhis-salâm) was: “Bring us the Wrath of Allâh if you are telling us the Truth.” (Al-Ankabűt, 29:29). And so Allâh gave them the punishment they deserved: “And We rained on them a rain of torment. And how evil was the rain of those who had been warned.” (Al-Shu‘arâ’, 26:173).

Just as a person who has a sexual urge should not satisfy it by committing zinâ, a person who has this perverted thought should not act upon it. In order to maintain the purity of the Muslim society, most Muslim scholars have ruled that the punishment for this act should be the same as for zinâ(i.e. one hundred whiplashes for the man who has never married, and death by stoning for the married man). Some have even ruled that it should be death for both partners, because the Prophet said: “Kill the doer and the one to whom it was done.”(Related by Al-Bayhaqî).

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