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Al-Liwaat (Sodomy) - Part 6

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PUNISHMENT OF SODOMY IN ISLAM:

Last week we looked at the punishment prescribed by the Islamic Sharia’h for a person, who either confesses four times before an Islamic Qadhi about his indulgence in sodomy or four just witnesses who had seen him committing the act with their own eyes testify in consonance.

One who commits sodomy shall not die without being punished in the same manner as the people of Prophet Lut (as) were punished.

According to the Holy Quran, three kinds punishements were meted out to the people of Lut (as):

1. Terrible scream and shriek
2. Shower of stones that rained upon them
3. The earth turned upside down

After the third calamity, Quran says: “Marked (for punishment) with your Lord and it is not far off from the unjust”. (11:83)

This verse indicates that similar punishments may also be inflicted upon those who commit sodomy.

Abu Baseer once asked Imam Ja’ffar as-Sadiq (as) about the verse:

“So when Our decree came to pass, We turned them upside down and rained down upon them stones, of what has been decreed, one after another”. (11:82)

Imam (as) explained: “There is no one who leaves this world while considering sodomy permissible, but that Allah hits him with one of the stones that had fallen on the people of Lut (as)”.   (Tafseere Qummi)

After death, a homosexual will be joined with the people of Sodom who were destroyed and counted among them.

In the days of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Caliph, a slave killed his master. When he confessed the crime , ‘Umar ordered him to be put to death. Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) questioned this slave: “Why did you kill your master?” The slave replied: “he had forcibly committed sodomy with me”. Imam (as) asked the heirs of the deceased, “Have you burried him?” To which they replied, “Yes, we have just come after burrying him”. Imam (as) advised ‘Umar to hold the slave in custody for three days and told the heirs of the deceased to come back after three days.

Three days passed, then Imam Ali (as), ‘Umar and some of the heirs of the murdered man went to the grave. Upon reaching there, Imam (as) asked: “Is this the grave of your man?” They answered, “Yes”. Ali (as) ordered the grave to be dug out. Amazingly the dead body had disappeared from it. Imam Ali (as) said: “Allahu Akbar! I have heard the Holy Prophet (saw) saying that: Whoever from my nation commits the act of the nation of Lut (as) and dies before repenting for it shall not remain in the grave for more than three days. The earth will suck him inside and he shall reach the place of the dead of Lut (as) where destiny annihilated them. Then that person will also be counted among them”.   (Gunahaane Kabeera)

To be continued……………….
Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff
mulla@almahdi.org.uk

Source: http://almahdi.org.uk

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