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Homosexuality and Islam

HeadInSandToday we are going to be discussing some very sensitive material. We are going to be looking at Islam’s teachings on some sexual issues. We are doing this because of the shooting in Orlando, killing homosexuals. I mentioned earlier this week that there is a dichotomy in Islamic teachings on the issue of homosexuality. They certainly don’t tolerate homosexual activity between two consenting adults, male or female. The penalty for this kind of activity is death.

The dichotomy is that while Islam does not permit homosexual activity it is permissible for a man to sodomize a little boy. This is not considered homosexual activity.

I want to start to what the Qur’an and Islam says about having sex with little boys. I can’t imagine people who would think that their god would condone this type of activity.

The passages we are going to look at in the Qur’an on the subject describes little boys as pearls. A pearl in Arabic poetry is a feminine sexual symbol. The reason sodomizing a little boy is not considered sin is that, within Islam, the gender of a little boy and a little girl is blurred. The boy is not yet considered a man or a male. Females are never really considered adults, and they are always property. At birth a girl is the property of her father and when she marries she becomes the property of her husband. If her husband dies, she becomes the property of her sons. She is never free. When the Qur’an speaks of pearls, it is suggestive of sexual activity.

Surah 52:24

“..Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded…”

Allah promises fresh youths to Muslim men as a reward in Paradise.

 Surah 76:19

“…And round about them shall go youths never altering in age; when you see them you will think them to be scattered pearls…”

In the hadith, Bukhari  Vol 7 Book 62 #25, Muhammad is quoted as saying:

“…As for whom ever plays with a boy: if there is full penetration, then he shall not marry his mother…”

This is interesting. If you sodomize a boy you are not permitted to marry his mother.

The following is a Fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini in 1990:

A man can quench his sexual lusts with a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate. Sodomizing the baby is halal (allowed by sharia). If the man penetrates and damages the (female) child, then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however, does not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister. It is better for a girl to marry when her menstruation starts, and at her husband’s house rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.” –Khomeini, “Tahrirolvasyleh” fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990

Think about what this says! This is is his interpretation of the passages in the Qur’an and the Hadith.

Not only does Islam allow a man to sodomize a boy, it also seems to allow it with an enemy, a non-Muslim. The condition is that you are doing it to insult and humiliate them. It has been alleged that this was done to our Ambassador Steven at Benghazi. I believe they get this idea because this is what they believe Ishmael did to Isaac.

Did Ishmael Sodomize Isaac?

Arabs believe that Ishmael sodomized Isaac after he was weened. At first I rejected this idea but then I decided to study it out. I am coming to the conclusion that there is some validity to this argument.

And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne unto Abraham, mocking. (Genesis 21:8-9)

The word “mocking” in this passage is “tsachaq” and it means to laugh outright (in merriment or scorn); by implication, to sport. In 6 places where this word appears, three of them very clearly indicate sexual activity and two of them could also be interpreted this way.

What ever Ishmael did, it was considered extremely greivious, because look at what Sarah said to Abraham:

Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, [even] with Isaac. (Genesis 21:10)

What ever it was that Ishmael did, it had to be something serious for Sarah to be so adamant about Ishmael being cast out. Let’s look at the six times this word is used in the Bible with sexual implications.

  • Isaac and Rebekah – Gen 26:8. Isaac told Pharaoh that Rebekah was his sister. But later Pharaoh sees them ‘sporting’ with each other. It must have been sexual as Pharaoh deduced she was his wife.
  • Joseph and Potiphar’s wife – Gen 39:14,17. Joseph is accused of raping (Mocking) her. Again, the same Hebrew word is used for mocking.
  • Dancing naked around the Golden Calf Ex. 32:6 the same word translated ‘play/’(also see Vs. 25. they were naked.)

Then there are two other verses where this word is used that could be sexual.

  • Judges 16:25 The Philistines bring Samson to the Temple of Dagon to publicly humiliate and mock. They made ‘Sport’ of him. In the middle east culture, the greatest insult to a person is to sodomize them.
  •    Gen 21:9 Perhaps Ishmael sodomized Isaac as a insult. What ever he did to ‘mock’ him, it was so bad that Sarah saw it and demanded for Abraham to expel him and Hagar from the house.

The point that I want to make is that this kind of sodomy was used to humiliate someone.

The bottom line is that within Islam there is no permission for consenting adults of the same sex to have sexual relations with each other. The death penalty is prescribed for those who do this, whether they are male or female.

There are two exceptions. If it is done to a boy who has not reached maturity, he is not considered a man, There is even promised reward in heaven where this will be done. The other exception is when it is done to humiliate and enemy or an unbeliever. Some of these things are supported in Islamic scripture, and some are not, but all of them are is certainly practiced.

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