What Does Islam Teach Concerning Homosexuality?
After attacks like this there are always apologists who say Islam doesn’t teach what ever the motivation seems to be. After the attack on Pamela Geller there were those who said nowhere in the Qur’an do we find where Islam teaches that people who defame Muhammad should die. This shows that they don’t understand the Islamic law on slander.
Homosexuality is not only addressed in the Qur’an, but it is also addressed within the Sunna, which gives us the practice of Muhammad. Muhammad actually commented on it himself. In Islam, homosexuality is as sin, just as is taught in the Bible. However, Jesus didn’t say I want you to go and find every homosexual and kill them.
I believe that Christians have an incredible opportunity. We are not to support the LGBT movement, but to show what makes us so different from Islam. As Christians, we believe in redemption. We believe in loving the person who is struggling with sin. In Islam, homosexuality is not just a sin, it is a crime. This is part of Islamic law.
I want us to look at some verses that talk about this subject. First I want to look at what the Qur’an says because it addresses the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Surah 7:80-84 says:
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.
Specifically in verse 81 it says:
Ye commit abominations like no people before you.
This is talking about Sodom and Gomorrah. I can see someone saying, isn’t that what the Bible says. Yes it is, however, Jesus came and said, I have come to fulfill the law. As Christians we no longer stone adulterers. We no longer stone someone who broke the law. They can be forgiven. This doesn’t mean that it is not a sin, it just means that grace and mercy can be applied.
Let’s see what the Sunna, the practice of Muhammad, has to say on the subject. It is there that we find the punishment for this sin.
In the Hadith it says:
The messenger of Allah [Muhammad] said, whoever you find doing the action of the people of Lot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.
In another place it says:
If a man who is not married is found committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.
In another Hadith we find the following:
The Prophet cursed effeminate men, those men who are in similitude of women, and those women who assume the manners of men.
This means that the Prophet cursed homosexuals and lesbians. He said to turn them out of your houses.
In the Sunna it says:
Muhammad said whoever is found conducting himself in the manner of the people of Lot, kill the doer and the receiver.
There are other passages we could point to.
We can quote out of the Qur’an and the Sunna and Muslim apologists will accuse us of taking the passages out of context. Let me give you what the Sharia Law Book says on the subject. This is from the Reliance of the Traveller (ROT), which has the stamp of approval of al-Azhar University, the most prestigious Islamic university in the world. This university in Cairo, Egypt, is the highest authority in Islam. It is found under the section covering sins that require capital punishment. This shows that we are not taking the passages out of context or misinterpreting them.
ROT – P17.0 (Pg 664) Sodomy and Lesbianism
p17.1 In more than one place in the Holy Koran, Allah recounts to us the story of Lot’s people, and how He destroyed them for their wicked practice. There is consensus among both Muslims and the followers of all other religions that sodomy is an enormity. It is even viler and uglier than adultery.
p17.2 Allah Most High says:
“Do you approach the males of humanity, leaving the wives Allah has created for you? But you are a people who transgress” (Koran 26:165-66).
p17.3 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him.”
(2) “May Allah curse him who does what Lot’s people did.”
(3) “Lesbianism by women is adultery between them.”
It is true that there are verses in the Bible that require the death of homosexuals. Let me address this before we get into the dichotomy in Islam on this subject.
Le 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Just as it does for Adultery
Le 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
De 22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
The word for all sexual sin is fornication. The laws in the Old Testament were very clear, and very strict on this subject.
Why is it that under Christianity we don’t put homosexuals to death? I believe we find the answer in John Chapter 8:
And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst, they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her? And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst. And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn thee? And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more. (John 8:3-11)
It is interesting that they did not bring the man. They did this to find fault with Jesus. We don’t know what Jesus wrote in the dust, but it brought conviction and they left. In this passage Jesus shows mercy to a woman caught in sexual sin. We, as Christians, also give mercy, but just as with Jesus, the mercy is conditional. He told her to “sin on more.” A Christian should show mercy, but should not condone the sin.
This story shows us that there a a place for grace. Remember, we are saved by grace, through faith, without works (Ephesians 2:8-9). How can we, as Christians who’s sins are forgiven, not show grace to other sinners when our Lord has shown such grace to us?
We could argue that the only death penalty required by the Bible today is the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” We hold that a government can use the death penalty when it is proven that a person has committed murder. For the moral acts which break God’s law, and homosexuality is one of them, the death penalty is no longer required. While the death penalty for homosexuality is no longer required by the Bible, it is still required in Islam.
We receive emails saying things like, Muslims would not commit murder. To Muslims, and under Islamic law, this is not murder. Killing homosexuals is justified by the Qur’an. There is a video of an imam speaking in a Mosque in Florida saying that homosexuality is a sin and the compassionate thing to do is to kill them all. This is why we see ISIS throwing homosexuals off buildings and Iran hanging them.
Under Islamic law there are three groups Muslims can kill without any reservation because they deserve to die. It is not murder to kill people in these groups. First there are the apostates, the second is a homosexual, and the third is an unbeliever.
We have heard Obama say that no religion condones the killing innocents. After 9/11, Muslims were asked if it was right to kill innocent people. Their answer agrees with what Muhammad said. He said that non-Muslims are never innocent. When a Muslim uses the term innocent, he is talking about Muslims, those who are following the commandments of Allah.
When a Muslim kills a nonbeliever, and infidel, he is not killing an innocent person. The one they are killing is guilty. In the case of the shooting in Orlando you have two things. First, it was the killing of infidels, and secondly it was the killing of homosexuals. Since they were twice guilty, it was even more justifiable to kill these people.
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