Can a person be gay and Muslim?


Nasihah (Advice): The accursed act of homosexuality


Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhuma reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘…Allah’s curse be upon those who commit the action of the people of Lut.’ (Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam repeated this curse thrice) [Sahih Ibn Hibban]



Question and Answer:


  1. Can a person be gay and Muslim?


  1. It is not permissible to engage in homosexual activities in Islam. However, the question, “Can you be gay and Muslim” has three levels to it:


1) A person has homosexual desires, but does not act on them: This person is still a Muslim and will be rewarded for staying away from sins.

2) A person engages in homosexual acts, but considers it impermissible: This person is a major sinner, but still a Muslim. Taubah and Istighfaar are required.

3) A person considers homosexual acts to be permissible: Such a person is not a Muslim as they have legalised what Allah and his Rasool Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam have forbidden. Such an act removes one from the fold of Islam. This ruling applies whether a person engages in such activities or not.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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