14-4-2000 | IslamWeb


I want to know the Islamic view of the "transsexual". And how Islam look on khunsa.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

An effeminate man is one who displays characteristics regarded as typical of a woman (wearing female clothes, talking or walking like women).
This kind of man is cursed by the Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). Al-Bukhari narrated from Ibn Abbas ( may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him) as saying :"The Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) cursed the effeminate men (who imitate women) and the manly women (who imitate men)". In another narration of the same Hadith he said: "Allah has cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men ".
Abu Hurairah also narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said : "Allah has cursed the woman who wears the cloth of men and the man who wears the cloth of women". [Abu Dawood].
As for the bisexual, it is of two types:
One type has both a female and a male sex organ and the other neither male or female sex organs, but only a hole from which urine comes.
The first type can be categorized by the following characteristics:
1 - Urine: If the person urinates from the male organ only, he is considered as a male; if from the female organ, then female.
But if the person urinates from both organs his state is defined like this: If the urine stops from both organs at the same time, the person is given the sex of the organ from which he/she started urinating. If the urine started to come out from both organs at the same time, the person is given the sex of the organ from which the urine continues to come out while it has stopped from the other organ. But if both organs match as far as urine is considered, so the person is considered as an epicene person (not male nor female) until the age of puberty is reached.

2 - When the person reaches the age of puberty if the sperm comes out from the male organ several times he is considered a male. But if the person has several menstruation periods, she is considered a female.

3 - Sexual desire or attraction: This condition is considered only if the above characteristics are absent to resolve this matter. If the person feels sexual desire towards the female, he is a male and the reverse is true. If the person feels desire for both sexes, that person is considered an epicene person (having characteristics of both sexes).

4 - Beard-growing, breast swelling or the coming out of milk from the breast are all signs that could help define the person's sex.
As for the second kind of bisexuals, it could be defined through the above conditions . But some scholars believe that the inclination as well as the menstruation should not be considered in categorizing such persons.

Islam applies its rules on each one of these persons according to the sex that was finally given to them. If the person is considered a male, male rules are applied on him and if the person is considered a female, female rules are applied on her.
But if the person is epicene, Shari'a rules apply, but very cautiously. Details of these matters are found in Fiqh books.
Allah knows best.