Guiding Differences: The Islamic Paradigm on The People of Lut and Criminal Acts

POSTED: May 25th, 2023

And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds [i.e., peoples]?

Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.”

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

So We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who remained [with the evildoers].

And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.

The Holy Qur’an (7:80-84)

In the Islamic paradigm, Muslims firmly believe that same-sex acts are considered criminal. Within this framework, Muslims cannot tolerate coexistence with what is perceived as criminal behavior. It is crucial to emphasize that Muslims do not recognize the imposition of an identity based on sin and crime. Consequently, they do not support any constitutional rights of individuals engaged in such acts.

Drawing understanding from the story of Qawm Lut (the people of Lot), which serves as a profound lesson, Muslims hold unyeilding views regarding same-sex acts. They view any support or endorsement of these acts as disbelief in Islam. Muslims echo the sentiment expressed by the Prophet Lut (peace be upon him), who detested the deeds of his people. They align with his plea, saying, “Indeed, I am, toward your deed, of those who detest [it]. My Lord, save me and my family from [the consequence of] what they do” (Quran, 26:167-169).

In light of this, any threat of eviction, mistreatment, or marginalization faced by Muslims due to their refusal to accept and support same-sex acts will be met with continued firmness in this belief, inspired by the unwavering stance of the Prophet Lut. Muslims remain committed to their faith and will assert their right to practice and uphold their religious convictions, even in the face of societal pressure.

It is essential for policymakers and society at large to comprehend and respect the Islamic perspective on Qawm Lut and its implications for Muslims. While advocating for religious freedom and the right to peacefully express their beliefs, Muslims do not compromise their principles or condone actions they perceive as criminal. Creating an environment that fosters understanding and dialogue, while acknowledging fundamental differences in belief systems, is of utmost importance.

Muslims call upon individuals from all religious and political affiliations to engage in constructive discussions and work towards an understanding that respects greater societal needs and rights and convictions of all towards society that overcomes this wave of crime. Muslims remain steadfast in their commitment to Islam and seek guidance and strength from Allah to overcome these challenges. May Allah grant us wisdom, steadfastness, tolerance, and acuity in recognizing truths in our communities.