Fatwa No : 92314
Punishment for homosexuality in Islam
Fatwa Date : Rajab 18, 1427 / 13-8-2006
Assalamu alaikum!!! what is the punishment in islamic law about homosexual?...
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.
If the questioner intended to ask about Gays, the scholars differed in opinion in regard to the method of applying the prescribed punishment of homosexuals. However, evidences support the position of those who say that “death sentence” is the prescribed punishment of anyone who gets involved in homosexuality. This is due to the narration of Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Prophet said: "Whomever you find committing the act of the people of (Prophet) Loot, kill both; the doer and the person to whom it is done." [At-Tirmithi, Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, and Ahmad] Indeed many scholars quoted the consensus of the companions on this matter. Nonetheless, scholars differed about the method of killing. Some of them said that he should be killed by sword, others said that he should be stoned to death, there are let some who said he should be burnt, and a fourth group who said that he should be held upside down on top of the highest point in the city, and then he should be thrown downward, and stone him as he is going down, exactly in the same manner by which Allaah punished the peoples of Loot. However, only a Muslim ruler may implement this punishment as we discussed in Fatwa 84227.
All previous rules apply only to Gays. As for lesbianism, there is an agreement between scholars that it is forbidden, and many scholars considered it among the major sins. Any woman who gets involved in it, she has committed a major sin and she should repent and seek Allaah’s forgiveness.
Concerning the prescribed punishment for lesbianism, the Fiqh Encyclopaedia reads: ''The jurists agreed that there is no prescribed punishment for lesbianism, as it is not Zina (fornication or adultery), but any woman who does it should be reprimanded as it is an act of disobedience.''
For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 88137.
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