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1011 What does Islam say regarding Homosexuality?
Homosexuality and Islam

Homosexuality is completely forbidden (Haraam) in Islam and is a major sin. Although homosexuality is a major sin, but denying that it’s not Haraam is going against the Quran and would take a person out of the fold of Islam, as would denying any other verse of the glorious Quran.

And sent Lut, when he said to his people, do you commit that indecency which was ' not committed by any one in, the world before you? You rather approach men lustily instead of women on the contrary you people have crossed the limit. (Soorah Al-Araf 7:80-81)

Do you commit unnatural offence with males from among the creatures? And leave your wives whom your Lord has created for you? Nay, but you are a people exceeding the limit. (Soorah Al-Shuara 26:165-166)

Is homosexuality genetic?

Many argue that being homosexual is not a choice but rather a case of genetics which can’t be changed, there is no solid proof to this claim. Studies have shown that it has absolutely nothing to do with genetics, rather it’s to do with the upbringing of the child, this is what a survey by Kitzuger and Wilkinson had to say, there are so many different psychological paths exclusive to same sex attraction that it is impossible they were controlled genetically.

We know that this life is a test. Every one of us has his/ her own test. For example someone may be born blind, but that person is expected to live his/ her life according to Allah (S.W.T) law. For arguments sake let’s say one is born gay, homosexual etc, but all of us are expected to follow Allah (S.W.T) law. Some men or women may never marry in their life, or spend part of their life without a spouse. They still have to live a chaste life and avoid any sexual contacts outside of marriage. They have to suppress their sexual feelings to follow Allah (S.W.T) law. It is a major test and not an easy one for many. Only those who submit to Allah (S.W.T) will do everything they can to follow His law. They know that their salvation and eternal happiness rests in submitting to the will to Allah (S.W.T).

So why does one turn to homosexuality?

Homosexuality in most cases is related to the breakdown of Father to Son relationship. Many cases show homosexuality is a search of male affection and connection that was possibly damaged or lost during childhood, many homosexuals had little or no connection or affection with their Fathers.

What is one to do?

Since Allah (S.W.T) condemns homosexuality, then we have to believe that a man or a woman with homosexual feelings is expected to behave like any other human being and follows Allah (S.W.T) laws if he/she truly believes in them. He/ she shall resist his/ her feelings, maintains abstinence, use all available resources of help including medical, social and behavioural therapies to overcome their behaviour and feelings.

They should pray to Allah (S.W.T) to guide them on to the right path and submit to Allah (S.W.T) law that sees homosexuality as a gross sin.

Allah places not burden on any soul but to the extent of his strength whatever good it earned is useful for it and whatever bad it earned is a loss for it. (Soorah Al-Baqra 2:286)

(Information taken from Ramadan 2008 Topics, from our website)

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Category (Islam / Muslims)