Many of us have heard the silly claim that the account of Qawm Lut in the Quran is not about same sex behavior — rather it was about rape and lack of hospitality on the part of Qawm Lut. This is the argument that some Muslim reformers make in trying to normalize same sex behavior in the Muslim community. These reformers have mostly borrowed this argument from certain pro-LGBT Christian denominations who have engaged in this heavy-handed revisionism of the Bible over the years. They apply that same revisionism to the Quran, hoping that the Muslim community will think that this is an issue that is up for debate, where Muslims are wondering, “Does the Quran really condemn same sex acts?”
Well, now, we have the definitive rebuttal to this by Ustadh Mobeen Vaid.
This is a superb essay mashaAllah that goes into great depth in deconstructing the revisionist argument and showing how intellectually and academically bankrupt these revisionist attempts really are. The essay also has a wealth of notes that serve as a reference on the issue of Islam and homosexuality in general.
Bear in mind that this is a long essay because it is extremely thorough mashaAllah. Take some time to fully read it and digest it. Not only will you gain insight into this particular issue, you will also inshaAllah see exactly how revisionism by these Muslim “reformers” is conducted. Lots of selective quoting, outright misquoting, inconsistencies in methodology, extreme creativity with translation, fallacious reasoning by the truckload, and on and on and on. There is absolutely zero intellectual integrity in their efforts but they simply hope that by citing obscure texts from centuries ago, lay Muslims won’t know any better and will think that their arguments have merit or have some footing in the Islamic tradition. Alhamdulillah, Ust. Mobeen took the time to thoroughly lay the smackdown on one such reformist work. May Allah reward him for that.
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