Islam & Homosexuality


Homosexuality is a moral disorder. It is a moral disease, a sin and corruption. Like other moral and physical diseases, the sin also increases when it is not checked and corrected. Homosexuality is increasing today because it has a strong lobby and it is propagated and granted freedom to corrupt individuals and societies. No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or a murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education. 

Every soul has a possibility to do good or to do evil. Allah says, "By the soul and what proportion He has given to it. He inspired as to what is its evil and what is its good. Truly he succeeds who purifies it and he fails who corrupts it." (al-Shams 91:7-10) Every person thus has a "nafs" (inner self) that incites that person to do evil. ("Surely the human soul is prone to evil…" (Yusuf 12:53). But there is also a "nafs lawwamah" (a reproachful soul) (al-Qiyamah 75:2). 

When people continue doing evil, they kill their "reproachful soul" and make "the evil soul" dominate them. Thus they cheat, deceive, tell lies, commit murder and theft and do all sorts of evils. Allah sent His prophets to teach people what is right and what is wrong. The prophets showed the right path and inspired people by their good examples. If people follow the prophets of Allah, create a good society and live in the company of good people, the goodness and virtue will increase and more and more people will live good and pious life. If people turn away from the teachings of the prophets of Allah, allow evils to propagate in their societies and live in the company of evil people, the sin and corruption will increase in the world. 

According to the Islamic teachings, we do not believe that homosexuality or any other sin such as murder, rape or theft are biological problems. Allah has created all people according to the Fitrah (pure and good nature). It is their environment that corrupts them. In America for several years, there is a debate going on about homosexuality whether it is an orientation or a preference. There is no consensus on this issue. More than 80 per cent of the people in America and 95 per cent of the people of the world still believe that homosexuality is immoral and has nothing to do with the biology of a person. However, homosexuals have a strong lobby and they are working very hard to have this evil recognized and accepted as a normal behavior. It is a shame that some Muslims are also in their trap. They are imitating the non-believers in every thing. The Prophet –peace be upon him- predicted about such people, "if others entered a lizard’s hole, you would also enter it too…" May Allah protect us and our youth from this evil. A true Muslim must never commit this sin. It is absolutely forbidden (haram) in Islam. It can never be accepted in Islam as an acceptable way of life. 

There are many reasons why it is forbidden in Islam. Homosexuality is dangerous for the health of the individuals and for the society. It is a main cause of one of the most harmful and fatal diseases. It is disgraceful for both men and women. It degrades a person. Islam teaches that men should be men and women should be women. Homosexuality deprives a man of his manhood and a woman of her womanhood. It is the most un-natural way of life. Homosexual behavior leads to the destruction of family life. Allah has mentioned in the Qur’an that the People of Prophet Lot were involved in homosexuality. Their deeds are called "khaba’ith" (the most dirty acts). Allah’s curse and chastisement came upon them. They were destroyed by the punishment of fire and brimstone. May Allah protect us from this and all other evils.