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… What was the attitude of Muslims towards homosexuality, some centuries ago and onwards?

Islammeans “being in peace”. However, to talk about homosexuality for most Muslims is to come out with this type of conclusion: “Islam forbids homosexuality”. In fact, it seems that for most Muslims, Islam lacking a central clergy strictly speaking, homosexuality is considered as in Christianity and Judaism as a sexual behavior against nature and that certain Muslims will go so far as to qualify it as a perversion and a mental instability.The necessity of birth and the importance of the family occupy a central role in the sub&conscious of the Muslim’s nation. The prophetic oral traditions of the Prophet of Islam, seem to put forward this recommendation of procreation in declaring that “those whom Allah has given a pious wife, He has helped him in half of this religion; let him be fearful in the second half left”. It is clear enough that in those times and still now in some regions of the Arabo&Islamic world, thecondition for the expansion of a civilization or a religion is procreation. In a Muslim society, the social pressure that impinges upon the individuals,so that they are in conformity to a patriarchal model, is particularly strong. Though the difference between man and woman, and the question of gender seem to occupy an important part in the founded texts of the Islamic credo. For Islam and for other monotheists, every sexual intercourse seems to be conditioned only in the sacredness and divineness of monogamous relationship and marriage.

On the other hand, where sexual pleasure is considered by Christians and Jews as an original
sin, in Islam it is a blessing to which it is recommended to devote body and soul. In this way, mating
does not only lead to procreation; it manifests also the harmony of divine order in which the
distinction between male and female principle and their complimentarily constitute the elementary
foundations. Thus, this stigmatization of sexual minorities seems to be the direct consequence of the
use of certain verses of the Qur’an which condemn in a formal way the acts of the people of Loth; a
Prophet who had also been mentioned in the bible with some accounts of the sexual acts of the
people of Sodom and Gomorra. In this way, the Qur’an in the chapter 27 gives us an account of the
story of “Loth who said to his people you practice indecency yet you are those who see clearly?”;
“You approach men instead of women to satisfy your lust? You are rather a folk who are ignorant”
Many other chapters of the Quran describe the misdeeds of the people of Loth; sexual relationship with men rather with women, sexual corruption, rape, lack of respect to the words ofthe Prophet. Hence, we can come to the conclusion that the deeds of the people of Loth does not point homosexuality as a reciprocal relationship between two adults of the same sex on the basis
of love, respect and equality; Qur’an talks about murders, thefts, rapes. The Qu’ran reported that the
folk of Loth were destroyed by God, Who buried the town under a torrent of rocks. For some this
event justifies the stoning of homosexuals, considering them as the reincarnation of the transgressions of the people of Loth. Yet, neither in the Quran nor in the hadith, which always refer
to the practices of the people of Loth, did not seem to describe more precisely which sexual acts are
in question A hadeeth of the Prophetseem to reject categorically the sexual practices between
two person of the same sex, as it was practiced by the folk of Loth: “whenever you found two men
committing the misdeeds of the people of Loth (the rape, male prostitution, or more generally any
kind of homosexual practices between two consented adults? Difficult to say), put them to death, thepassive as well as the active”.
Heterosexual anal intercourse seems also to be condemned by the majority of the Islamicscholars: “God do not look at the one who have penetrated his wife behind”. Moreover, “…in front or behind, do not approach the anus or the menstruation”. But that statement seems to be,somehow, established over centuries on medical basis; first Muslims did not considered what we calltoday “homosexuality” as a “perversion”. For all that and on the basis of this ambiguity relative to sexual practices of the people of Loth, some branches of Islam consider that adultery –zina & is thepenetration of a penis into a vagina rather than the sexual act itself, as it is the sperm which contains the source of life . Since Homosexual activitiesare not susceptible to generate life, some Muslims …
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