This 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/Sensitive-Subject as well; but, in our Modern-Age, we, as an Ummah/Muslim-Community (locally, nationally, globally, etc.) must address this Issue full-throttle. There has to be some Way that we can communicate with the Homosexual-Demographic, in order to reach out to them, to call them to al-Islām. I mean, seriously, they deserve to be informed of the guidance of al-Islām, just as much as any other Demographic. However, our Balāghah/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, whom 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 both), as it is now. We all know of the People of Lot, whom were the 1st-Persons, in Human-History, to be Homosexuals, and in Pre-Islāmic Arabia, Homosexuality was so common among the Arabs, that Muhammad specifically said, “Don’t allow Men who imitate Women nor Women who imitate Men into your Houses.”.(al-Bukhārī, al-Kabā’ir/The Major-Sins, adh-Dhahabī) But, this has never been the Initial-Issues that Allah had commanded Lot, nor Muhammad, for that matter, to address their People with firstly. In fact, the 1st-Thing that Allah had ever commanded the Anbiyā’/Prophetic-Individuals (Peace be upon them altogether) to call People to is at-Tawhīd/Islāmic-Monotheism (the Recognition & Acceptance that Allah exists eternally [no Beginning/Ending] & that only He is worshipworthy). In The Qur’ān itself, it clearly mentions that the 1st-Thing that Lot was commanded to tell his People was to stop worshipping Idols, and to start worshipping Allah.(Noble Qur’ān: 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 an Unacceptable Lifestyle-Choice/Sexual-Preference. There are in fact 2 Main-Things which the Muslim-Community has to make sure doesn’t happen: a. We cannot allow ourselves to be Pigeon-Holed via the Public-Eye, when it comes to this Type/Kind of Social-Political Issue, as being People whom are unwelcoming to All-Members of Society, to accept al-Islam. In Other-Words, we have to be sure that we, as a Muslim-Community, ensure People that the Guidance of Allah, which is sl-Islam, is for everyone, and to not imitate the Jews, Hindus, etc. whom don’t call People to Judaism, because they believe that it is just for them, just as Allah says in The Qur’ān, describing The Qur’ān itself as al-Hudā/Guidance for Humanity.(Noble Qur’ān: Chpt.2, V.185) b. We cannot imitate the Christians, whom compromise so many Things, just so People can be/become Christians. Historically, as well as contemporarily, Christians have watered-down their own Religion, just to increase in Numbers, completely disregarding their own Religious-Standards, in order to be a Popular-Religion. We must be truthful/honest with People, and inform them of what is Right & Wrong, according to ash-Sharī`ah/Islāmic-Law, not according to what our Egos & Desires tell us what is Right & Wrong.
It needs to be established that, according to Islāmic-Law, Homosexuality is indeed a Sin. At no Time though 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, Modernity, etc. to fog our own Religious-Standards, and allow people to think/believe that Homosexuality is a Positive-Thing, when in All-Reality it’s a Negative-Thing. According to Revelatory/Islāmic-Texts (even prior to the Revelation of The Qur’ān) it’s 100% Completely-Unacceptable, just like any other Rajm/Sexual-Deviation/Sin…Homosexuality is just as much a Vices as: Bestiality, Child-Molestation, Rape, Pornography/Prostitution, Adultery/Non-Marital Sex, Fornication/Pre-Marital Sex, etc. All of the Aforementioned-Things are Mahrūm/Islāmically-Prohibited deemed prohibited & shameful.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.17, V.32; Qasas-ul-Anbiya’/Stories of the Prophets, 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 Other-Sins, just like how Christians view Homosexuality as an Abomination, yet, ironically, see no Problem with worshipping Jesus-Christ (Peace be upon him), a Being/Created-Thing, along with Allah: the Creator/Lord of the Universe, which, realistically, is far worse than any Sexual-Vice. Islāmically, a Sin is a Sin & we, as Human-Beings, don’t have the Entitlement/Justification to pontificate/claim, “Well…at least this Sin is not worse than that Sin.”. Our Maslahah/Purpose, as Muslims, is to avoid al-Fusūq/Sinning, in its totality, not to just avoid Major-Sins, Sins which we personally don’t like/want to do, etc. Now, referring to the “gaymuslims.org” Website, I do respect their Motives & 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 al-Islām. But, I view this as a Potential-Opening, which could on a Positive-Note, bring Members of the Homosexual-Community to al-Islam & just as well it could very well become a Great-Challenge, by having them think/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/Normal, but rather a Result of Lack of Exposure to Divine-Guidance, Taught/Learned-Behavior and/or various Psycho-Emotional Issues/Trauma which are imposed upon People, etc. I mean, there’s a Reason why the Term Lifestyle-Choice has the word “Choice” in it, and why the Term Sexual-Preference/Orientation has the word “Preference/Orientation” in it: when it comes to having Consensual-Sex with someone, it’s exclusively one’s own Volition, which guides Decision-Making 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 Positive/Negative-Feedback and Positive/Negative-Comments about this Article, which honestly, I gladly accept. Obviously, I’m no Scholar, neither in a Religious-Arena nor Secular-Realm. But, I know just enough about both Revelatory/Islāmic-Texts, as well as Secular-Issues, to speak about this Issue via Authority. For anyone who would like to comment, please, comment away.