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One way of fulfilling the sexual urge which is now becoming acceptable in the Western world is sexual relation between membees of the same sex, homosexuality and lesbianism. By saying that it is becoming acceptable in liberal societies I do not mean to say that homosexuality and lesbiansim are a 20th century phenomenon; no, not at all. But there is one big difference between the past and the present: in past, homosexuality or lesbianism was considered as a pervert sexual behaviour whereas now it is being labelled as 'natural' and as a result of 'inborn tendency'!

All revealed religions -Judaism, Christianity and Islam- from a united front against such sexual behaviour. It has been clearly condemned in the Bible and the Qur'an. The Qur'an describes the people of lut (Lot) as follows:

When we sent Lut, he said to his people, "What! do you commit the indecency which none in all the nations had committed before? Look at you! You approach the men lustfully instead of approaching your women! No, you are a people who have exceeded the limits."

The only answer of his people was that they said, "Expel them from your city, surely they are a people who seek to keep themselves clean!"

So we delivered him and his followers, except his wife; she was one of those who tarried behind. We sent upon them a rain. So behold how was the end of the guilty people. (7:80-84)

The Qur'an also describes how Prophet Lut tried to reason with his people when they approached his three guest (who were actually angels in human form):

When the people of lut saw the handsome young men, they came to him, running towards him. Lut had anticipated this because they had been doing evil deeds from before.

When the people reached close to his house, Lut said pointing towards his daughters that, "O my people! These are my daughters, they are purer for you. Fear Allah and do not disgrace me in regard to my guests. Isn't there among you a man of right mind?"

They said, "You know better that we have no desire for your daughters; and you surely know what we desire." (11:78-79)

Explaining the details of the punishment, Allah says, So when Our punishment came upon the people of Lut, We turned the city upside down and showered them stones of baked clay, one after another (11:82)

So we see that as far as the Qur'an is concerned, homosexuality is an "indecency", and that Allah had destroyed a whole nation because of this indecent sexual behaviour.

In the Islamic legal system, homosexuality and lesbianism are both punishable crimes against the laws of God. In case of homosexuality, the active partner is to be lashed hundred times if he is unmarried and killed if he is married; whereas the passive partner is to be killed regardless of his marital status. In case of lesbianism, the sinners are to be lashed hundred times if they are unmarried and stoned to death if they are married.1

Why is Islam so severe in matters of adultery, homosexuality and lesbianism? If the Islamic system had not allowed the gratification of sexual urge by lawful means without associating guilt with it, then it would be right to say that Islam is very severe. But since it has allowed the fulfillment of sexual instincts by lawful means, it is not prepared to tolerate any perverted behaviour.

The homosexuals are considered as the high risk group for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This shows that nature has not accepted it as a normal sexual behaviour among mankind. The homosexuals are told that in order to have safe sex, then how can it be natural? Isn't the statement that "it is natural but not safe" a contradiction in itself?

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1. See note No.2 on page 59; al-Khu'i, Takmilah, p.42-4.

Adapted from: "Marriage & Morals in Islam" by: "Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi"