As believers in the pristine religion which Allah has bestowed upon us, we need to ask ourselves what is the true meaning and what are the fundamental requirements of Islam. In its literal sense the word Islam means submission, submitting to the laws and commands of Allah in totality without question and without seeking reason for His injunctions. By abiding by these laws, we will have served our purpose in this life which is surrendering ourselves to Allah and by fulfilling our desires in accordance to His divine law instead of fashioning our own laws in order to accommodate our own whims and fancies. In today’s time of vice and sin we find that the moral compass of the muslims has slowly but surely become entangled with the twisted ways of the Kuffaar and the West. From amongst these evils is the shameless act of homosexuality which has spread its venomous fangs throughout the four corners of the globe. What was once frowned upon by even non-muslims a mere few decades ago has unfortunately become accepted by many Muslims. “Gay advocacy” in the West is an attempt to equalize between all statues as morally indifferent, equally valid under the law, and equally worthy of respect. The question we need to ask ourselves as believers is what does Islam have to say about such indecency and immorality?
We don’t have to look any further than the Holy Quran where the incident of the people of Lut(AS) is mentioned in Surah 26 Verses 160-173:
“The people of Lut denied the messengers, when their brother Lut said to them, ‘will you not fear Allah? I am a faithful messenger to you.So fear Allah and obey me. I do not ask you for any wage for it. My wage is the responsibility of no one but the Lord of the worlds. Of all beings, do you lie with males, leaving the wives that Allah has created for you? You are a people who have overstepped the limits.’ They said, ‘Oh Lut if you do not desist you will be expelled.’ He said, “I am someone who detests the deed you perpetrate. My Lord, rescue me and my family from what they are doing.’ Therefore We rescued him and all his family- except for an old woman who remained behind. Then We utterly destroyed the rest and made a rain come pouring down upon them. How evil is the rain of those who are warned!
In Surah 7 Verses 80-81 of the Quran it is mentioned :”And Lut (AS), when He said to his people, “Do you commit an obscenity not perpetrated before you by anyone in all the worlds? You come with lust to men instead of women. You are indeed a depraved people.’
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated, “There is nothing I fear for my ummah more than the deed of the people of Lut.”(Tirmizi)
By analysing the above mentioned verses of the Quran and Hadith, we understand the severity of homosexuality in Islam. One does not need to possess a degree in Chemistry or Astrophysics to realise that there is no place for homosexuality in Islam. Sadly it has been noticed in recent weeks on social media that in our very own muslim society, a very protective and defensive stance has been taken regarding homosexuals. It should be noted that through western media influence via television, movies, pornography, etc. homosexuality has now become very much a ‘normality’ and people who do not accept these type of people are often labelled as ‘backward’ and sexist. Many a times we get so caught up in following what the West say that we tend to forget our own Shari’ee law, and adopt what the enemies of Allah have to say as a criterion for our success. Respected Brothers and Sisters, there simply is no avenue in which we may adopt a sympathetic approach to homosexuality without earning the anger of Allah or by going contrary to our Deen. Looking back at the incident of lut(AS), the role of his wife is indeed significant. While in the entire town only one house was saved, that of Lut(AS), even in that house there was an exception. It was the wife of the Prophet, who was killed with the rest of the people. Her fate is mentioned repeatedly so it does not remain just a footnote to the story.
Why was she punished? Not for committing homosexual acts but for betraying her husband. She betrayed the cause of her husband by being an active sympathizer with the people and therefore shared their fate.
By us adopting a similar approach, we will be in direct breach of the command of Allah and His Messenger and deserving of the very same fate. Allah(SWT) mentions in the first verse of Surah Al-Mumtahina,”Oh you who have iman!do not take My enemy and your enemy as friends,showing love for them when they have rejected the truth that has come to you.” This verse strictly warns us about befriending the enemies of Allah and symphatising with the ones who are in clear violation of the commands of Allah.In the last verse of the very same surah Allah mentions,”Oh you who have iman!Do not make friends with people whom Allah is angry with….”
In conclusion, it is abundantly clear to us what Islams stance on homosexuality is and the clear prohibition proven to us by the Quran and Hadith. At the same time as believers we should be very careful about what we utter and state in trying to adopt a gentle and carefree attitude to those who fall under this category as Allah has clearly warned us about befriending His enemies. Our objective in this temporary life is solely to submit to the will and command of Allah for which we will be greatly rewarded in the eternal life of the hereafter.Allah mentions the criterion of true belief and success in Surah An-Nur verse 51: “The reply of the true believers when they are summoned to Allah and his Messenger so that He can judge between them is to say,’We hear and obey’. They are the ones who are successful.”