*EPISODE : Introduction*

Anyone who has been watching the news would have seen the 51st annual Pride Month being commemorated amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The origins of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ (more and more letters keep coming every year) rights, can be traced back to the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City.

It is saddening to see the movement gaining momentum, especially among the Muslim youth cheering and supporting this disgraceful act.

In this short series we shall look into Homosexuality and what Islam has to say about it and what should a Muslim stand be regarding this.

Islam’s teaching about homosexuality is referred to in a story found in the Qur’an. This is the story of the Prophet Lūt (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), who criticized the men of his town for their homosexual practices.

Allaah (ﷻ) says:

 *وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ أَتَأْتُونَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُم بِهَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِّنَ الْعَالَمِينَ إِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الرِّجَالَ شَهْوَةً مِّن دُونِ النِّسَاءِ ۚ بَلْ أَنتُمْ قَوْمٌ مُّسْرِفُونَ*

*“And remember Lot (Lūt) when he said to his people: “Do you commit the worst sin such as none before you have committed among creation? Indeed, you practice your lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds.”*

[Al A’raaf 7:80-81]

Some people who engage in, or justify same-sex relationships have tried to claim that the prohibition in the above verse refers to non-consensual sex between homosexuals. Others assert it refers to homosexual relationships outside of marriage. Both of these views clearly contradict this verse because Allaah (ﷻ) stated:

*“Indeed, you practice your lusts on men instead of women.”*

If the verse was referring to homosexual rape (or non-consensual sex), then that is equally forbidden against women as well. However, Allaah allowed sex between heterosexuals (within marriage).

Also, if the verse was only forbidding homosexuality outside of marriage, then sex between a man and woman before marriage is forbidden so why would Allaah (ﷻ) say: *“instead of women”?*

Therefore, the only conclusion that can be drawn from this verse is that sexual relations between people of the same sex are prohibited.

_To be continued… إِنْ شَاءَ ٱللّٰهُ‎_

May Allaah (ﷻ) have Mercy on us and guide us through the straight path.




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