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Al-Liwaat (Sodomy) - Part 2

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Last week we looked at the origin of Sodomy. It goes back to the days of Prophet Lut (as) whose nation was misled into this behaviour by Shaytan and how Allah (SWT) destroyed them by showering rain of stones upon them.

According to Islam, Sodomy is a horrible crime which is worse than Zinaa (Fornication & Adultery).

Imam Ja’ffar as-Sadiq (as) has said: “…Certainly Allah destroyed a complete nation (people of Lut) because they indulged in sodomy. Allah has not destroyed even one man for adultery”. (Wasael ash-Shia’h)

It is reported from Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as): “Refrain from adultery and sodomy, and this sodomy is worse than adultery. These two sins are the causes of seventy two ills of this life and the Hereafter”.       (Fiqh ar-Ridha)

Sodomy is also considered as Kufr disbelief of the command of Allah (SWT). Huzaifa ibn Mansoor says: “I enquired regarding sodomy which is a greater sin from Imam Ja’ffar as-Sadiq (as)”. The Imam (as) replied: “To press the sexual organ between the thighs in an illegal way”. I asked, “Who is the person who commits sodomy?” Imam (as) replied: “One who has disbelieved in what Allah has revealed to His messenger (the Holy Quran)”. (Wasael ash-Shia’h)

Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) has said: “Sodomy is a greater sin and carries punishment when a man mounts upon another man but does not penetrate. If he penetrates, it is Kufr”. (Al-Kaafi)

Ayatullah Abdulhussain Dasti Ghayb (ra), in explaining the above Hadeeth in his book, Gunahaane Kabeera writes:

It means that one who considers sodomy legal is a Kafir, because to consider sodomy illegal is one of the requirements of faith. And one who disbelieves in any of the requirements of faith becomes a Kafir. However, if anyone commits this act knowing that it is Haraam is deserving of punishment which is similar to the one meted out to Kuffar, and it is eternal.

To be continued………………….

Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff

mulla@almahdi.org.uk

Source: http://almahdi.org.uk

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