Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What Does Islam Teach About... Homosexuality

From the important site thereligionofpeace.com - TROP:

What is Islam's position on the treatment of homosexuals?

Islam goes beyond merely disapproving of homosexuality.
Sharia teaches that homosexuality
is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.

Beneath the surface, however,
there are implied references to homosexual behavior
in paradise, and it has been a historical part
of Arab and Muslim culture.


Quran (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men
in preference to women: ye are indeed a people
transgressing beyond bounds....
And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)"

- An account that is borrowed from
the Biblical story of Sodom.
Muslim scholars through the centuries
have interpreted the "rain of stones"
on the town as meaning that homosexuals
should be stoned,
since no other reason is given for the people's destruction.
(The story is also repeated in suras 27 and29).
Quran (7:81) - "Will ye commit abomination 
such as no creature ever did before you?" 
This verse is part of the previous text and 
it establishes that homosexuality as different from 
(and much worse than) adultery or other sexual sin. 
According to the Arabic grammar, 
homosexuality is called the worst sin, 
while references elsewhere describe other forms 
of non-marital sex as being "among great sins."
Quran (26:165-166) - "Of all the creatures in the world, 
will ye approach males, "And leave those whom Allah 
has created for you to be your mates? 
Nay, ye are a people transgressing"
Quran (4:16) - "If two men among you 
are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. 
If they repent and amend, Leave them alone" 
This is the Yusuf Ali translation. 
The original Arabic does not use the word "men" 
and simply says "two from among you." 
Yusuf Ali may have added the word "men" 
because the verse seems to refer to a different set 
than referred to in the prior verse 
(explicitly denoted as "your women"). 
In other words, since 4:15 refers to "your women"
4:16 is presumably written to and refers to men.
Interestingly, the same rules don't seem to apply 
in paradise, where martyrs for the cause of Allah 
enjoy an orgy of virgins and "perpetual youth" 
(otherwise known as "boys" Quran (52:24)). 
Quran (76:19) bluntly states, 
"And immortal boys will circulate among them, 
when you see them you will count them 
as scattered pearls." 
Technically, the mere presence of boys 
doesn't necessarily mean sex, 
however it is strongly implied 
from the particular emphasis on the effeminacy
handsomeness and "freshness" of the boys. 
The female virgins of paradise are also compared 
to pearls (56:23).
[Editor's note: We are not implying 
a link between homosexuality and pedophilia here 
anymore than we are implying one between 
heterosexuality and pedophilia when recounting 
that Muhammad's preferred wife was a 9-year-old girl.]

Hadith and Sira

There are several lesser hadith stating,
"if a man comes upon a man,
then they are both adulterers,"
"If a woman comes upon a woman,
they are both Adulteresses,"
"When a man mounts another man,
the throne of God shakes,"
and "Kill the one that is doing it
and also kill the one that it is being done to."

Abu Dawud (4462) The Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
"Whoever you find doing the action
of the people of Loot,
execute the one who does it
and the one to whom it is done.".

Abu Dawud (4448) - "If a man
who is not married is seized
committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death."

(Note the implicit approval of sodomizing one's wife).

Bukhari (72:774) - "The Prophet
cursed effeminate men
(those men who are in the similitude
(assume the manners of women)
and those women who assume
the manners of men, and he said,
'Turn them out of your houses .'
The Prophet turned out such-and-such man,
and 'Umar turned out such-and-such woman." 

al-Tirmidhi, Sunan 1:152 - [Muhammad said]
"Whoever is found conducting himself
in the manner of the people of Lot,
kill the doer and the receiver.

Reliance of the Traveller, p17.2 -
"May Allah curse him who does
what Lot's people did." 

This is also repeated in three other places.

Homosexuals are beheaded, hung
and stoned in modern Saudi Arabia
and Iran, where Muhammad's laws
are applied most strictly. 
Five other Muslim countries
also have the death penalty
on their books for homosexual behavior. 
In the past, gays were burned.

As one cleric recently put it,
the only point of theological debate
is not whether the homosexual
should be killed, but how it should be done.

In 2016, an educated imam in Tunisia explained
 that while it may seem harsh,
 there is not ambiguity about this in Islam:
God is very straightforward about this 
— not we Muslims, not subjective, 
the Sharia is very clear about it, 
the punishment for homosexuality, 
bestiality or anything like that is death. 
We don’t make any excuses about that, 
it’s not our law — it's the Quran
There are several places in the Quran
where the story of Sodom is repeated,
with emphasis placed on the destruction
of the town for homosexual lewdness.
Also, according to Serge Trifkovic:
Mohammed’s first successor Abu Bakr 
reportedly had a homosexual burned at the stake. 
The fourth caliph, Mohammed’s son-in-law Ali, 
ordered a sodomite thrown from the minaret 
of a mosque. Others he ordered to be stoned. 
One of the earliest 
and most authoritative commentators on the Koran, 
Ibn ‘Abbas (died 687) blended both approaches 
into a two-step execution 
in which “the sodomite should be thrown 
from the highest building in the town 
and then stoned. (source)
Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli of Iran said,
in April of 2012, that homosexuals are inferior
to dogs and pigs, since these animals (presumably)
do not engage in such acts.
In November of that year, a cleric
on British television stated"What should be done
to those who practice homosexuality?
Torture them; punish them;
beat them and give them mental torture." 

A 2014 fatwa from the mainstream OnIslam.net
proclaimed that homosexuality is "abnormal"
and abhorrent" and confirmed that gays
should be killed:
"The punishment for men or women
who are unwilling to give up homosexuality
and therefore are rejecting the guidance
of Allah Most High is in fact death
according to Islam."
An imam invited to speak at a Florida mosque
in 2016 said that killing gays was an "act of compassion".

Since the resurrection of the caliphate in 2014
(the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria)
dozens of homosexuals have been thrown from rooftops. 
Other have been stoned to death. 
Interestingly, the caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
allegedly issued a fatwa in 2015 permitting Mujahideen
to "enjoy" young boys if women were not available.

Although some Muslim political leaders in the West
join with social liberals in alliances
that sometimes include peripheral support for gay rights
and civil unions, this appears to be more
a matter of expediency
than genuine concern.
There has never been any noticeable effort
on the part of Muslim leaders in the West
to relieve the plight of homosexuals
in Islamic countries 
overseas -
where their influence would surely
carry more weight than that of their secular allies.

(As a side note, in 2012, a cleric issues a fatwa
endorsing sodomy as a means of widening
the anus in order to pack it with enough explosives
to kill bystanders in a suicide bombing.
As Sheikh Abu al-Dema al-Qasab put it,
"Jihad comes first, for it is the pinnacle of Islam,
and if the pinnacle of Islam can only be achieved
through sodomy, then there is no wrong in it."