Homosexuality is a sexual deviation that has
existed since antiquity. Male homosexuality was found in ancient Greece from
where it was transmitted to the Persians and the Romans. The Prophet Lot's (sws)
nation as a whole was afflicted with this malady as mentioned in the Qur'ān
(See for example: Sūrahs Aa`rāf, Hūd and Naml). In the Judaic tradition, it is
an abomination punishable by death. There is no punishment for this deviation
in the Sharī`ah revealed to the Prophet (sws) Muhammad. An Islamic state,
however, can legislate in this regard, if required.
Authorities have presented a number of theories to
explain the cause of this aberration. Whatever may be the causes, one thing
seems certain from the Qur'ān: It is not a genetic disorder. A person's own
free will leads to him to it and it is his own free will which can lead him
People who are the victims of this deviation are
generally of two types: Those who want to do away with this addiction and
those who have no intention to do so.
The first category needs sympathy and support which
includes treatment like psychotherapy. Consequently, they should be extended
help in whatever way it is possible. The second category needs sparks from the
fire of reformation which kindles in every believers heart. One should find
ways and means to positively influence such people. However, there may be
circumstances in which the only remedy is breaking ties with them. The
decision depends on the variables of a given situation and one must judge for
himself or herself as to what he or she should ultimately do in this regard.