WHEN WILL MUSLIMS START HAVING SAME SEX MARRIAGE? By Shehu Abdus-Salam Aladodo
The world is revolving, so fast that one who refuses to move with the torrent of revolution will be left behind and considered as a human of the stone age. Technology, Psychology, Philosophy, and even Religions of the world are wearing new faces each day. People seek growth in learning and in having fun, depending on individuals definition of it. The fun which is however related to our canal desires is being fulfilled by people in so many ways, the popularly detested form which is adultery and fornication, and of course, the generally accepted one i.e. Marriage.
However there live some people in this present world who seek to fulfil their sexual desires in people who shares the same sex with them. These groups of people are referred to as homosexuals. In the sane part of the world, they are greatly detested and anyone caught in such act is penalized accordingly, while in other parts of the world, they are given a safe haven, even up to the extent of a man walking a man down the aisle as his spouse and a woman walking a woman down the isle as her spouse. Amazing! Isn’t it? This shows how well civilization has gotten a good grip of us.
With Muslims and Islam at the central of controversies with regards to almost every discussion of the current world, it is worthy to note that an average Muslim who loathes drinking, partying, and all other forms of vices is considered to be uncivilized. Muslim women who are covered in their Divine dressings are labelled as being extreme and Muslim men who preaches with a bold voice and unflinching faith are called terrorists. If given the slightest chance, the average Muslim will preach against acts of obscenity, social vices, among others. Going with the aforementioned, one is left to wonder if all Muslims are truly saints who do not sin, and if they all seek sexual pleasure in just marrying. Are there homosexuals among Muslims as well, and if there are no homosexuals amongst Muslims, when will Muslims start having same sex marriage?
Homosexuality is defined as same-sex attraction; meaning the physical, emotional, and psychological attraction to persons of the same sex.
Homosexuality is not an affliction of the 21st century, it has been in existence for thousands of years, way back during the time of the Prophets. From the Qur’anic and hadith point, we can vividly recall the story of Prophet Loot (May Allah be pleased with him). Homosexuality is one of the evil whispers of the devil and one of his deadly tools to sway humans from the known or generally accepted form of sexual relation and alter the sane course of nature.
The Prophet Loot (‘alaihis-salaam) is one of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah who was sent to a people with hard hearts and harsh natures – they gathered together deviation in belief and deviation in moral character. A deviation in morality that opposed the nature of humanity itself from the dawn of its creation till their time – something unheard of in the history of mankind. Men of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah would perform sexual acts upon each other, acts of sodomy that go against human nature, and against the intellect, that oppose one’s moral instincts and Revelation from God. So the Prophet Loot (`alaihis-salām) was sent to them so that they may return to the worship of Allah and show obedience to Him, and abandon this unnatural and sinful deed. He strived against them and suffered at their hands until Allah sent to them a severe punishment.
The Qur’an relates the story of Loot to us:
80. “And (remember) Loot (Lot), when he said to his people: ‘Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding you has committed in the ‘Aalameen (mankind and jinn)?
81. ‘Verily, you practise your lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins).’
82. And the answer of his people was only that they said: ‘Drive them out of your town, these are indeed men who want to be pure (from sins)!’
83. Then We saved him and his family, except his wife; she was of those who remained behind (in the torment).
84. And We rained down on them a rain (of stones). Then see what was the end of the Mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists and sinners)”
[Surah al-A’raaf 7:80-84]
Islam as a religion has Divine guidelines of prohibitions and permissibilities. Muslims are enjoined to do that which is permissible and abstain from that which is not. Among the permissibilities is the act of getting married to a person of opposite sex, this is totally the law of nature which is enjoined. Even inside or outside marriage, one is cautioned not to commit adultery or fornication as there are prescribed punishments for each. Adultery and fornication are great sins, with homosexuality being a greater sin.
In reality, homosexual practices oppose the innate nature (fitrah) of human beings which seeks the opposite sex for intimacy and procreation. Homosexuality opposes sound intellect because a reasonable-minded person will come to the conclusion that the rectum/anus of a man is not the place where the seeds of reproduction are to be sown. The rectum was not made for that purpose as it brings about no benefit. Rather, entering into that place only brings about harm, infectious disease, rectal, anal and bowel dysfunction as is recorded in the scientific literature.
When a man has sexual relations with one’s wife, it has positive outcomes and effects – it leads to good health without harmful side-effects, and results in the birth of children due to the fact that the womb of the woman is the place for the seed of the man. This, in turn, brings about a society that functions as it should. Homosexuality opposes all the revealed texts that clearly state that it is unnatural, sinful, devoid of benefit, destructive, and it earns the anger of the Lord of the worlds both in this life and Hereafter.
Most men who engage in homosexual activity (initially at least) feel a strong sense of guilt and sinfulness (in their hearts) because they sense the inherent wrong in this act – these men know it is unnatural and angers God, so they suffer from depression, mental anguish and grief. Furthermore, suicide rates among homosexuals and transgender people are far higher than any other part of society. For this reason, many scientists see their behaviour as a mental and psychological illness that can be remedied over time. People who travel to Europe (and the West in general) from war-torn countries, after losing their entire families (to mindless killing) and witness the destruction of their homes, and then they face alienation, racism, poverty, verbal and physical abuse in Europe still have far, far fewer incidents of suicide than homosexuals and transgender people living in Europe, Canada and the US. Ask yourselves why?
Most people recognise that homosexuality is environmental, something learned, maybe even fashionable or adopted a result of traumatic sexual abuse experienced as children, and not a result being “born gay”. So the fact is that homosexuality can be unlearned just as it was once learned through reasoned discussion, studying the Word of God and debate.
Involving one’s self in the act of homosexuality as a Muslim is one of the greatest sins that one could probably commit against one’s soul. This is because it is an act that is loathed by Allah, it is a total violation of the law of nature, a sign of weak in intellectual and spiritual judgment, and it is a call for an unending punishment from Allah, for indeed Allah punished those who once engaged in it by making them to perish and left no traces of them or their progeny on the surface of the earth.
Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “May Allaah curse the one who does the action of the people of Loot, may Allaah curse the one who does the action of the people of Loot,” three times. In another narration, Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah 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.” (al-Tirmidhi 1456)
Incurring the wrath of Allah is one thing a Muslim should never even thought of doing, thus is because His wrath is immeasurable and denies one from earning His mercy both in this world and the next.
Conclusively, Muslims, like all other humans on earth, are fallible and prone to filthy desires and inclinations. However, they are enjoined to avoid all forms of unnatural temptations and not give in to the whispers of the devil by obeying the laws of Allah and that of His Prophet, staying away from bad companions and indulging themselves in acts of worship that will earn them rewards instead. To a Muslim who is upright, insanity remains insane even if the whole world indulges in it, and sanity remains sane, even if the whole world loathes it. Same sex marriage is not an option for Muslims and will never be an option until the camel enters into the eye of a needle.
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