If we are not satisfied with the boundaries set by Allah, we will be never satisfied.
According to this news report, an ex-Northwestern University professor was found guilty of murdering his ‘boyfriend’.
“Jurors in Cook County deliberated less than two hours before returning the guilty verdict against Wyndham Lathem, 47, a renowned microbiologist whom Northwestern fired after he fled the Chicago area following the killing.”
Prior to this verdict, the former professor testified that his co-conspirator, Warren, alone stabbed the victim multiple times.
“On Tuesday, Lathem testified that Warren alone stabbed Cornell-Duranleau during what started as a methamphetamine-fueled sexual encounter involving the three men.”
To satisfy their sexual fantasies, the men used drugs, methamphetamine in this case. Now, the use of methamphetamine to increase sexual pleasure is not uncommon among the LGBTQ community. Not only that, the rates are alarmingly high.
For example, according to this article:
“Over the last fifteen years, crystal meth has become one of the most dominant and destructive drugs in the gay community.”
Similarly, according to NBCnews:
“The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2015, past-year meth use prevalence was more than four times higher among gay men compared to straight men — at 4.1 percent versus 0.9 percent. Research has found that the drug is closely linked to sexual risk-taking among men who have sex with men and that it has been a major driver of HIV transmission among this population.”
Homosexuals are more likely to contract HIV and syphilis according to CDC:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that HIV and early syphilis rates among men having sex with men are >40 times higher than those among heterosexuals.”
In case of the incident involving the ex-Northwestern professor, three people got involved in the sexual activity. But what about the general gay population? Do most of them restrict themselves to one partner? Well, an analysis of three survey-studies revealed some shocking findings.
According to the analysis:
“In a lifetime, homosexuals typically had between 10 and 22 sexual partners.”
Other research says that this is a major underestimation.
The role of media cannot be denied in accelerating the consumption of drugs. According to this news article in 2014, the use of meth escalated in various parts of Europe after the success of a TV show based on that drug.
“The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has revealed how parts of the EU are now being flooded with methamphetamine.”
“Germany in particular has seen the highest surge in usage of the class A drug, reporting a worrying 51 per cent rise.”
“In Britain alone border patrols have seen a surge in attempts to smuggle crystal meth into the country, with incidents rising by 400 per cent in the past year.”
Here is another statistic to back up this claim:
“In 2011, meth was the eighth-most common cause of overdose death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claiming 1,887 lives, 4.6 percent of all overdose fatalities. By 2016, meth was the fourth-most common cause of overdose deaths, causing 10 percent of overdose death – 6,762 fatalities.”
As Muslims we need to recognize that Allah is the only authority. We should not follow our base desires. If we believe in Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, then we need to understand our responsibility. The destruction caused by following one’s base desires is evident from the above mentioned reports and studies. But we do not need to wait for science to show us the problems that arise when one strays from the right path. We should learn from the story of the People of Lot, how Allah punished them after they sought to fulfill their lusts with men.
In Surah Ankabut, ayat 33-34, Allah says:
And when Our messengers [i.e., angels] came to Lot, he was distressed for them and felt for them great discomfort. They said, “Fear not, nor grieve. Indeed, we will save you and your family, except your wife; she is to be of those who remain behind. Indeed, we will bring down on the people of this city punishment from the sky because they have been defiantly disobedient.
Two important lessons from these verses. First, just like Prophet Lut `alayhissalam, we should be worried about our fellow Muslims, particularly our youth. We need to inform them of the dangers of following or having a soft spot for modern day Qawm Lut. We need to inform them how the media is promoting Satanic filth, particularly through music and movies.
May Allah protect us from the wrongdoings, guide us to the right path and keep us steadfast on Iman.