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Islam and Homosexuality

The mainstream interpretation of Qur'anic verses and hadith condemn homosexuality both male and female. In this, Islam resembles mainstream interpretations of other Abrahamic religions such as Judaism and Christianity.

The only reference in the Qur'an cites the story of the "people of Lot" (also known as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah), destroyed by the wrath of God because they engaged in "lustful" carnal acts between men. See below for actual verses.

There is no other mention anywhere in the Quran. There is no punishment prescribed in the Quran for homosexuality male or female.

Persecution of gays in Muslim countries is shameful and must be denounced by all Muslims. This persecution has very little to do with the teachings of Islam but more to do with how socially these acts are still not tolerated in many countries.

Muslims who rush to judge and punish others should remember that everyone will need to answer for their actions on the Day of Judgment. If God did not deem it necessary to prescribe a punishment for this who are we to do so?

Islam teaches tolerance and mercy so do not show hatred towards those that are different from you. This said the gay community also has responsibilities; it needs to act in a responsible way and not act in such a manner as to incite acts of hatred towards itself.

Finally remember that homosexuality has been part of human life throughout the history of human kind. Records exist from ancient times of people engaging in these acts. Even today it is wide spread, even in the Muslim world from the Arab nations to the Asian continent. Denying its existence will not make it disappear! People need to understand and come to terms with it and deal with it in an intelligent way. This begins with acknowledging its existence and education of people.

All Muslims if you meet a gay man or woman treat them as you would any other person. Show them kindness and understanding as is the way of Islam.

The verse of the Quran that deal with this matter are,

Chapter (7) sūrat l-aʿrāf (The Heights) Verse 7:80-84

And he turned away from them and said, "O my people, I had certainly conveyed to you the message of my Lord and advised you, but you do not like advisors."

Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people."

But the answer of his people was only that they said, "Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure."

So We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who remained.

Chapter (11) sūrat hūd (Hud) Verse 11:77-83

And when Our messengers, came to Lot, he was anguished for them and felt for them great discomfort and said, "This is a trying day."

And his people came hastening to him, and before they had been doing evil deeds. He said, "O my people, these are my daughters; they are purer for you. So fear Allah and do not disgrace me concerning my guests. Is there not among you a man of reason?"

They said, "You have already known that we have not concerning your daughters any claim, and indeed, you know what we want."

He said, "If only I had against you some power or could take refuge in a strong support."

The angels said, "O Lot, indeed we are messengers of your Lord; they will never reach you. So set out with your family during a portion of the night and let not any among you look back - except your wife; indeed, she will be struck by that which strikes them. Indeed, their appointment is the morning. Is not the morning near?"

So when Our command came, We made the highest part its lowest and rained upon them stones of layered hard clay,

Marked from your Lord. And Allah 's punishment is not from the wrongdoers far.

Chapter (21) sūrat l-anbiyāa (The Prophets) Verse 21:74

And to Lot We gave judgement and knowledge, and We saved him from the city that was committing wicked deeds. Indeed, they were a people of evil, defiantly disobedient.


Chapter (26) sūrat l-shuʿarā (The Poets) Verse 26: 165-175

Do you approach males among the worlds

And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing."

They said, "If you do not desist, O Lot, you will surely be of those evicted."

He said, "Indeed, I am, toward your deed, of those who detest.

My Lord, save me and my family from what they do."

So We saved him and his family, all,

Except an old woman among those who remained behind.

Then We destroyed the others.

And We rained upon them a rain, and evil was the rain of those who were warned.

Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

And indeed, your Lord - He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful.

The companions of the thicket denied the messengers

When Shu'ayb said to them, "Will you not fear Allah ?


Chapter (27) sūrat l-naml (The Ants) Verse 27:56-59

But the answer of his people was not except that they said, "Expel the family of Lot from your city. Indeed, they are people who keep themselves pure."

So We saved him and his family, except for his wife; We destined her to be of those who remained behind.

And We rained upon them a rain, and evil was the rain of those who were warned.

Say,Praise be to Allah , and peace upon His servants whom He has chosen. Is Allah better or what they associate with Him?"

Chapter (29) sūrat l-ʿankabūt (The Spider) Verse 29:27-33

And We gave to Him Isaac and Jacob and placed in his descendants prophethood and scripture. And We gave him his reward in this world, and indeed, he is in the Hereafter among the righteous.

And Lot, when he said to his people, "Indeed, you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds.

Indeed, you approach men and obstruct the road and commit in your meetings evil." And the answer of his people was not but they said, "Bring us the punishment of Allah , if you should be of the truthful."

He said, "My Lord, support me against the corrupting people."

And when Our messengers came to Abraham with the good tidings, they said, "Indeed, we will destroy the people of that Lot's city. Indeed, its people have been wrongdoers."

He said, "Indeed, within it is Lot." They said, "We are more knowing of who is within it. We will surely save him and his family, except his wife. She is to be of those who remain behind."

And when Our messengers came to Lot, he was distressed for them and felt for them great discomfort. They said, "Fear not, nor grieve. Indeed, we will save you and your family, except your wife; she is to be of those who remain behind.


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