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What is the Reason for the Prohibition of Homosexuality?

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Question: I am 15 years old, and I want to know what Islam says about homosexuality. I know that it is haram, but I do not know how I am supposed to treat someone who commits the sin or supports it. What am I supposed to say to them? People here say that a) It is not natural, not even among animals although there are studies that have found this to be untrue, and b) It is a new concept which is also not true.

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Allah’s Command

Thank you for your question. Although people may come up with many reasons for it and against it, we do not rely on any of those reasons. We simply say that homosexuality is forbidden in Islam, and one is rewarded for obeying their Lord and punished for disobeying Him. It is as simple as that.

No Need to Debate

It can get far too complicated when debating with someone who is passionate about homosexual rights, and you probably will not be able to get them to listen. However, when we deal with the subject, we speak to people with respect, kindness, and we do not get angry. We defend Islam by stating its position, and we politely agree to disagree.

Society

The demise of society happens when familial and social rules are not followed, and that is why Islam is eager to eradicate indecency, adultery, and fornication. Islam is eager to support the procreation of children of married couples and to raise generation after generation of pious believing servants. This is the only way society will thrive and consist of a strong fabric.

Please see these links for more information:
https://seekersguidance.org/articles/social-issues/lgbtq/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/a-hadith-regarding-the-people-of-lut-and-the-aims-of-islamic-law/

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Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

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