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What does Islam say about lesbian relationships?

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Lesbian sex is strictly forbidden in Islam? I found an article in which it said this: “Once Abul Aswad (RA) brought a letter which he showed to one of his students and said, ‘I bear witness that this letter was dictated by Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) to Abul Aswad: When men (i.e. homosexuals) will sexually satisfy themselves with men and women (i.e. lesbians) with women, then earthquakes will occur, faces will become transformed and stones will rain down from the skies.’ This can be considered as proof in Islam? Why lesbian practice is not mentioned in the Quran? I would like to know more about what Islam says about lesbian relationships? I find almost nothing about female homosexuality.


(Fatwa: 185/136/D=1433)

According to Islam it is unlawful and haram for women to adopt resemblance of males and fulfil their sexual desire with each other.
وَلآمُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُغَيِّرُنَّ خَلْقَ اللّهِ ….الآية [النساء : 119]
أقول : يجب إدخال السحاقات في هذه الآية على هذ القول لأن التخففت عبارة عن ذكر يشبه الأني ، والسحق عبارة عن أنثي تشبه الذكر (تفسير كبير ، للرازي ، 11/39)

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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