بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There is no question that any muslim who views homosexuality or the homosexual act as acceptable and/or legitimate (through speech and/or action) has rejected the related verses from the Quran and hadiths regarding this matter, and has consequently entered into a state of kufr (disbelief).

 وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَتَعْسًا لَّهُمْ وَأَضَلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

But those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism), for them is destruction, and (Allah) will make their deeds vain. (47:8)

ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَرِهُوا مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأَحْبَطَ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

That is because they hate that which Allah has sent down (this Quran and Islamic laws, etc.), so He has made their deeds fruitless.  (47:9)

Allah addresses homosexuality in the Quran by referring to the people of Lut (lot):

وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ أَتَأْتُونَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُم بِهَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِّنَ الْعَالَمِينَ

And (remember) Lout (Lot), when he said to his people: “Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding you has committed in the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns)?  (7:80)

Allah also tells us in the Quran that the people of Lut regarded homosexuality as a way of life which they preferred (over heterosexuality), to the extent that they did not want anyone who was not like them to be amongst them.  Allah say:

فَمَا كَانَ جَوَابَ قَوْمِهِ إِلَّا أَن قَالُوا أَخْرِجُوا آلَ لُوطٍ مِّن قَرْيَتِكُمْ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ أُنَاسٌ يَتَطَهَّرُونَ

But the answer of his (Lut) people was not except that they said, “Expel the family of Lot from your city. Indeed, they are people who keep themselves pure.” (27:56)

Allah says in surat Adh-dhahariyat that when the angels came to visit Prophet Ibrahim (on their way to destroy the people of Lut), the angels explained that they were sent to destroy the mujrimoon (the criminals).

قَالُوا إِنَّا أُرْسِلْنَا إِلَىٰ قَوْمٍ مُّجْرِمِينَ

They said, “Indeed, we have been sent to a people of criminals (51:32)

In Surat Al-Qalam (verse 35), Allah says:

أَفَنَجْعَلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ كَالْمُجْرِمِينَ

Shall We then treat the (submitting) Muslims like the mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists and disbelievers, etc.)? (68:35)

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

Whoever you find doing as the people of Lot did (i.e. homosexuality), kill the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.

Allah has not permitted satisfying our sexual desire with anything other than a spouse or slave/captive of the opposite sex, and anyone who views homosexuality or the homosexual act as acceptable and legitimate is also rejecting the following verses from the Quran, rendering him/her a kafer (disbeliever):

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ

And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts). (70:29)

إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ

Except with their wives and the (women slaves and captives) whom their right hands possess, for (then) they are not to be blamed. (70:30)

فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ

But whosoever seeks other than that, then it is those who are trespassers. (70:30)

A believer does not attempt to change the nature upon which Allah has created him/her. Allah says:

 فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا ۚ فِطْرَتَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. (30:30)

Based on the above, the shari’a (Islamic law) treats the homosexual act as a major, despicable sin, which is punishable by killing, and considering it acceptable and legitimate takes one out of the fold of Islam.

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن ذُكِّرَ بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِ ثُمَّ أَعْرَضَ عَنْهَا ۚ إِنَّا مِنَ الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُنتَقِمُونَ

And who does greater evil than he who is reminded of the signs of His Lord, then turns away from them? We shall take vengeance upon the criminals. (32:22)

And Allah knows best…

Suleiman Anwar

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