NEWS about the most recent protest by a group of Lesbian, Gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community in front of Brunei Embassy in Washington DC and several other major cities in the world against the implementation of the Syariah Law, which criminalises homosexuality and lesbianism, reminds us of verses in the Noble Quran. Allah SWT says: “Never will the disbelievers be pleased with you (O Muhammad Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) till you follow their religion.” (AL-Baqarah: 120) and “If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.” (Ali Imran: 120)
The LGBT group staged their protest following the United State’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s criticisms against the laws adopted by Brunei and seven other countries where same-sex acts are punishable by death. Speaking before a forum of LGBT activists at the White House on June 24, 2014, Rice did not only attacked Brunei but also Russia, Uganda and Nigeria for what she claimed was a discrimination against that group of people, who stand in a marginal place in our society to present a phenomenon.
Through His Book, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala reminds us that the disbelievers will never stop criticising and intimidating those who want to uphold the divine laws, which are prescribed based on His Commandments.
By continuously criticising with their ignorance and lack of knowledge about Brunei Darussalam, Islam and Syariah Law, these people and those who claimed to be the champion of human rights only display to the world their short-sightedness and narrow-mindedness. How could we listen to this kind of people who base their thinking purely on human beings’ ve-ry limited knowledge on everything when we have revived and upheld the laws of Allah the Almighty. Allah knows every-thing, He is the All-Knowing and the All-Hearing, while we, the human beings, know not.
For us, there’s no chance of stepping back. Our utmost responsibility for whatever we do is not to human beings, the creatures, but to Allah, the Creator. So never ever expect us to step backward.
It should be noted that Islam, in its final form, did not introduce anti-gay legislature to the world. The texts of the Torah are replete with clear condemnations of such practices.
The consequence of AIDS is enough to prove that homosexuality is evil and dangerous to the society. The early spread of AIDS was concentrated among the homosexual community. It later spread to the heterosexual and the so-called bisexual community through blood transfusions and intravenous drug usage. Its spread continues on a rampage among promiscuous heterosexuals.
Islam considers homosexuality to be the result of a choice. It is inconceivable that Allah made people homosexuals then declared it a crime and prescribed punishments for it in both this life and the next. To accept such a proposition is to accept that Allah is unjust. Inclinations can exist within humans for a variety of natural and unnatural acts, from fornication to rape and from necrophilia to bestiality.
These inclinations may come from jinn-suggestions, media influence, or even from human whisperings or direct contact. Sodomy was common among the people of Prophet Lut ‘Alaihissalam who lived in Sodom, Palestine. After they had rejected his advice to give up this evil practice, Allah Almighty crushed and then annihilated their city. The Qur’an describes that punishment in the verse which means: “So when Our Commandment came, We turned (the towns of Sodom in Palestine) upside down, and rained on them stones of baked clay, piled up.” (Hud 11: 82)
Human beings are not like robots who only do what they are programmed to do. Humans choose and Allah holds them responsible for their choices. Were homosexuality a product of genetic destiny, it would be unfair for Allah to criminalise it and punish those who practice it. Some scientists are even claiming that murder is of genetic origin, and to accept that would mean to excuse murderers and tolerate murder. Is this what they want?
Islam instructs parents to separate their children in their rooms by the age of ten in order to avoid possible sexual experiences which may result from childhood experimentation. Also, the distinctions between male and female are strongly made in Islamic teachings.
Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) cursed the man who wears women’s clothes and the woman who wears men’s clothes.” (Ibn Majah)
Categorically, Islam forbids homosexua-lity and lesbianism and regard them as a violation of the commands of Allah. In both the Old and the New Testaments, all Pro-phets of God forbid such evil activities and punish severely those who practice them.
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that He created everything in pairs. Referring to this, Allah says, “And of everything We have created by pairs, that you may remember (the Grace of Allâh).” (Az-Zariyat: 49). For sure, the pairs referred to in the above verse are of different kinds, not of the same kind.
One thing that we need to understand is that marriage is universally known to be between a man and a woman, not between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman. Marriage in Islam, as in all divine religions, does not mean sexual enjoyment only but also the establishment of a family on hygienic and safe foundations. Essentially, marriage in Islam is a divine contract which Al-Quran’s Surah An-Nisa’ verse 21 calls mitsaqon gholidzo (solemn covenant) and thus it is a worldly and hereafter contract.
Gay marriage is an atrocious and obscene act which belongs to unsound nature. Such an act will not go without punishment. We have an example of the people of Prophet Lut Alaihissalam. May Allah protects us all and makes us persistent in His true path. Aamiin
The Brunei Times/Editorial
Friday, July 4, 2014