This post is written as a result of a website that had been displayed on my Facebook timeline, called “gaymuslims.org”. So, since it was posted on my wall, I had decided to just take a look at what they were talking about. Usually, most Muslims, particularly Muslim men, consider this topic of discussion in and of itself “dangerous-ground”. But, for those who know me, I live kinda dangerously anyway. 😀
Anyway, what I had found on the site was actually better than I had thought initially. I will share my opinions on this site, as well as the general motive that I perceive that the site intends. Now, it’s very obvious that Homosexuality is a big-deal Islamically. And, this issue is also a very touchy subject as well; but, in our modern-age, we, as a Muslim-Community, whether locally, nationally, or even globally, must address this issue full-throttle. There has to be some way that we can communicate with this particular demographic, in order to reach out to them, to call them to Islam. I mean, seriously, they deserve to be informed of the guidance of Islam, just as much as any other demographic. However, our approach would have to be very tactful & wise, but, also uncompromising.
I’ll explain what I mean:
Referring to being tactful & wise, this basically means that we, as Muslims, are to call people, who may be Homosexual, in a way that does not make us seem like we’re constantly condemning them, for their lifestyle-choice/sexual-preference. Realistically, Homosexuality was just as much of an issue during the lifetimes of the Prophets Lot & Muhammad (Peace be upon them), as it is now. We all know of the People of Lot, whom were the first persons, in Human-History, to be Homosexuals, and in Pre-Islamic Arabia, Homosexuality was so common among the Arabs, that Muhammad specifically said, “Don’t allow men who imitate women & women who imitate men into your houses.”.(al-Bukhari, al-Kaba’ir/The Major-Sins by Muhammad ibn-`Uthman adh-Dhahabi) But, this has never been the initial issue that Allah had command Lot, nor Muhammad, for that matter (Peace be upon them) to address their people with. In fact, the very first thing that Allah had ever commanded the Prophets (Peace be upon them all-together) to call people to is Tawhid/Islamic-Monotheism (the recognition & acceptance that Allah exists & and is the only one who is worship-worthy). In the Qur’an itself, it clearly mentions that the first thing that Lot was commanded to tell his people was to stop worshipping idols, and to start worshipping Allah.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.26, V.161-163)
Referring to being uncompromising, this basically means that even though we definitely want people to become Muslims, regardless of their respective lifestyle-choices/sexual-preferences, it needs to be made very clear that Homosexuality is in no way, shape, or form, an acceptable lifestyle-choice/sexual-preference. There are in fact two main things that the Muslim-Community has to make sure doesn’t happen: One, we cannot allow ourselves to be pigeon-holed in the public-eye, when it comes to this type of social-issue, as being people whom are not welcoming to all members of society, to accept Islam. In other words, we have to be sure that we, as a Muslim-Community, ensure people that the guidance of Allah, which is Islam, is for everyone, and to not imitate the Jews, who do not call people to Judaism, because they believe that it is just for them, just as Allah says in the Qur’an, describing the Qur’an itself as guidance for Humanity.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.2, V.185) And, also, we cannot imitate the Christians, who compromise so many things, just so people can be Christians. Historically, as well as contemporarily, Christians have watered-down their own religion, just to increase in numbers, disregarding their own religious standards, in order to be a popular religion. We must be honest with people, and inform them of what is right & wrong, according to Islamic-Law, not according to what our egos & desires tell us what is right & wrong.
It needs to be established that, according to Islamic-Law, Homosexuality is indeed a sin. At no time are we, as a Muslim-Community, to allow people to assume that we, as Muslims, legitimize Homosexuality, as something normal, natural, or a valid lifestyle-choice/sexual-preference. We must not allow ourselves, under the ambiguous & entrapping matrix of political-correctness, openness, moderation & modernity, to fog our own religious standards, and allow people to think that Homosexuality is a good thing, because according to Islamic-texts, from both the Qur’an & Prophetic-Tradition, it is 100% completely unacceptable, just like any other sexual-deviation-Just as vices such as: bestiality, child-molestation, rape, adultery, fornication are all Islamically deemed prohibited & shameful, so is Homosexuality.(Qasas-ul-Anbiya’/Stories of the Prophets by ibn-Kathir, al-Kaba’ir)
However, one of the many negative things which we as Muslims tend to do is place favoritism of certain sins over others, just like how Christians view Homosexuality as an abomination, yet, ironically, see no problem with worshipping Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him), a created thing, along with Allah, the Creator of the Universe, which, realistically, is far worse than any sexual-deviation. Islamically, a sin is a sin, and we, as Human beings, don’t have the right to say, “Well…at least this sin is not worse than that sin.”. Our objective, as Muslims, is to avoid sinning, in its totality, not to just avoid major-sins. Now, referring to the “gaymuslims.org” website, I do commend their intentions & efforts, to reach out to the Homosexual-Community. However, there needs to be a definitive stance against the lifestyle-choice itself, which I didn’t really see present on this site.
I know the reason as to why this had not been highlighted on this particular site, to not ostracize anyone & to make them comfortable enough to open their minds & hearts to Islam. But, I view this as a potential floodgate-opening, which could on a positive note, bring members of the Homosexual-Community to Islam. But, it could very well become a great challenge, by having them believe that they don’t have to alter their lifestyle-choices/sexual-preferences.
And, this is very problematic, because again, it has to be made crystal-clear that this sexual-preference is not natural, but rather a result of lack of exposure to divine-guidance, taught & learned behavior, and various emotional and/or psychological issues, which are imposed upon people. I mean, there’s a reason why the term lifestyle-choice has the word “choice” in it, and why the term sexual-preference has the word “preference” in it…that’s because when it comes to having consensual-sex with someone, it’s exclusively your own volition, which guides your decisions to copulate with members of either the same gender or the opposite gender.
This is really all that I have to say about this website, as well as this issue. I know that I’ll be getting a whole lot of both positive & negative feedback and comments about this post, which honestly, I gladly accept. Obviously, I’m no scholar, neither in a religious nor secular realm. But, I know just enough about both Islamic-texts, as well as secular issues, to speak about this issue. For anyone who would like to comment, please, comment away.