Response: I have read in one of your
answers that one willingly adopts homosexuality and that this is not a
genetically compelled phenomena. You have argued that had it been genetically
compelled, the Almighty would never have punished the people of the Prophet Lot
(sws). I would disagree with you on this. I think that the nation of Lot (sws)
was punished for forcing other people into it. This made it a coercive crime.
Besides, it has been proven from the latest modern research conducted by Dr
Elvyn Hooker that homosexuality is genetical. I used to have the same idea about
it when I was a teenager but no more co’z I’m living with it and wasn’t able to
change myself despite many tries. I have come to the conclusion that it is a
nature which can’t be changed.
Comment: Okay, let’s first have a look
at the verses of the Qur’ān which describe the punishment meted out to nation of
the Prophet Lot (sws). Here are some of them:
We also [sent] Lot: he said to his
people: ‘Do you commit lewdness such as no people in creation ever committed
before you? For you practice your lusts on men in preference to women: you are
indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds. And his people gave no answer but
this: they said: ‘Drive them out of your city: these are indeed men who want to
be clean and pure!’ (7:80-82)
And to Lot, too, we gave [the power
of] judgement and knowledge, and we saved him from the town which practiced
abominations: truly they were a people given to evil, a rebellious people.
‘Of all the creatures in the world,
will you approach males and leave those whom God has created for you to be your
mates? Nay, you are a people transgressing (all limits)!’ (26:165)
[We also sent] Lot [as a messenger]:
behold, he said to his people, ‘do you do what is shameful though you see [its
iniquity]? Would you really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay,
you are a people grossly ignorant! But his people gave no other answer but this:
they said, ‘Drive out the followers of Lot from your city: these are indeed men
who want to be clean and pure!’ (27:53-6)
‘Do you indeed approach men, and cut
off the highway? -- and practice wickedness even in your councils?’ But his
people gave no answer but this: they said: ‘Bring us the wrath of god if you are
telling the truth.’ (29:29)
It is evident from all these verses that
the punishment meted out to the people of Lot (sws) was not because they forced
other people to adopt their ways but because they themselves – as a nation –
were deeply involved in it. So even if it is accepted that homosexuality is
sometimes genetically compelled, it is evident that in the case of the People of
Lot (sws) it was not, otherwise they would not have been punished in this way.
As far as the second part of your
comment is concerned, I would like to submit that we must judge whether
homosexuality is an aberration or not, regardless of its origins. If human
conscience in various ages regards it to be an evil – then it is an evil whether
it is inherent or acquired. To my knowledge, mankind has always considered
homosexuality to be an immorality and a sexual aberration.
The only difference is that if it is
inherent or genetically compelled, then the person afflicted with it should be
treated as a handicapped person in this world and it is expected that the
Almighty will treat him leniently in the next.
Aberrations, you see, can be of two
types: congenital or acquired. If they are congenital and also contagious, their
‘carriers’ should be treated and confined to some rehabilitation centre so that
the deviation does not spread. After all, do we not isolate those born with AIDS
from the society to protect people from them? Similarly, do we not treat
kleptomaniacs and give them allowance? Likewise, do we not treat many new born
babies who are born addicts to heroin because their mothers are heroin addicts?
The important thing is that an effort be made at the individual and collective
level to end such abnormalities. It’s definitely not a sin to be born ‘addicted’
to certain ailments, but surely it is no virtue not to try to come out of it
when one can.
In other words, whether homosexuality is
a genetically compelled phenomena or not is a discussion which has no bearing on
it being a sexual aberration. So if Dr Elvyn Hooker or other scientists have
conclusively proven that sometimes homosexuality is genetically compelled, then
this does not mean that homosexuality is a morally acceptable behaviour. One
must keep in mind that the nature on which the Almighty has created human beings
tends to get perverted in societies where promiscuity and nudity are rampant.
This perversion often manifests itself in human behaviour. So, if some people
are genetically compelled to homosexuality, many are ‘environmentally’ compelled
to adopt it. In either case, a person’s will and determination and medical
treatment may often lead him out.