The Muslim View Of Homosexuality
By Roy Waller
In an article entitled, "Homosexuality in a Changing World: Are
We Being Misinformed?" the Health and Science editor of
IslamOnline.net describes the Muslim view of homosexuality
and the ways in which recent, politicized research has attempted
to undercut its force.
The February 17, 2003 edition of IslamOnline.net features
an article incorporating both the religious and cultural basis
of Islam's stance against same-sex relationships and support for
its position by the work of Drs. Joseph Nicolosi and N.E.
Whitehead, as well as other material published by NARTH.
The informative piece was written by the website's Health and
Science editor, Dr. Nadia El-Awady, who opens an important
window into the views held on this subject by the one-seventh of
the world's population that adheres to the Muslim religion.
The article begins with the fact that there are gay Muslim
groups just as adamant as their Christian and Jewish
counterparts in declaring that their holy scriptures and
religious philosophy do not oppose homosexuality. This argument
is directly challenged by Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, described by
El-Awady as a highly esteemed Islamic scholar. Al-Qaradawi
states that Islamic beliefs are squarely against gay
relationships because Allah created opposites to attract
including the attraction between man and woman as the means to
continue the existence of the human species. He then goes on to
quote several passages from the Koran:
"Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And
leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates?
Nay, ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!"
"Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women?
Nay, ye are a people (grossly) ignorant!"
"For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye
are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds."
(7:81). "And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone):
Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and
crime!" (7:84). "He said: "O my Lord! help Thou me
against people who do mischief!"" (29:30).
These passages refer to the People of Lut in the Koran, whose
behavior and the condemnation of God upon it are remarkably
similar to Sodom and Gomorrah in the Biblical Book of Genesis.
Other points of interest covered by Dr. Al Qaradawi include:
Regarding the vocal nature of the gay Muslim groups, Islam
teaches very strongly that sexual acts are to remain a
matter of strict privacy, not to be discussed with other
are to remain a matter for private repentance between God
and the one who commits them.
is prohibited between men and women, thus it stands to
reason that such activities between males would also be
Science, however, is the major focus of Dr. El-Awady's article.
In addition to her citation of Dr. Nicolosi's work on
psychological and sociological factors as the probable major
origins of early same-sex attraction, she also addresses Neil
Whitehead's work on the genetic study of twins, as well as NARTH
studies on the biological and moral aspects of homosexuality as
an abnormal condition.
The author also discusses important medical factors involved in
the homosexual lifestyle, including HIV-AIDS, other sexually
transmitted diseases, and such illnesses as cancer and Hodgkin's
Disease as caused by AIDS.