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Does the Quran explicitly prohibit homosexuality? Why? Please cite specific verses which say something about homosexuality.

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As i understand it, later saying of the last prophet invalidate older ones that may condemn homosexuality, like Leviticus 18:22, and his Last Sermon preaches equality for everyone. –  Cees Timmerman Oct 14 '12 at 16:46
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Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Islam in all shapes and forms. Although it has mainly been focused around Men. Women homosexual are not that strongly discussed. This could be that in adultery in Islam the focus is mainly on penetration.

In the holy Quran, the people of Prophet Lut have been discussed often. These were people who heavily dwelled in homosexuality (male). Quran discussed them a number times and repented them each time.

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?(80)Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people."(81) Al-Araf 80-81

Ash-Shura 25:165-166

Do you approach males among the worlds(165).And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing."(166)

[Al-Naml27:55][3]

Do you indeed approach men with desire instead of women? Rather, you are a people behaving ignorantly."

Quran 4:16

And the two who commit it among you, dishonor them both. But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone. Indeed, Allah is ever Accepting of repentance and Merciful.

The above verses clearly say homosexuality is not allowed in Islam and is punishable. But it is somewhat soft. If you look at hadiths, homosexuality is rebuked even in stronger words.

This sin, the impact of which makes one’s skin crawl, which words cannot describe, is evidence of perverted instincts, total collapse of shame and honor, and extreme filthiness of character and soul… The heavens, the Earth and the mountains tremble from the impact of this sin. The angels shudder as they anticipate the punishment of Allah to descend upon the people who commit this indescribable sin.

This strong rebuke merely comes from the fact that our society has always condemned homosexuality, esp male and those who use their back end.

What is left out?

Lesbian sex has been completely left out as if does not exist. Women homosexuality is very real just like men. Women homosexual has zero interest in men and ideally they would not want to marry (a man). Why were they left out? The verdict seems to be incomplete and merely something that came from society not from God.

one hadith that I cannot find source for is something like this (note these are my words)

If two men commit adultery, the one who is on receiving end gets death penalty while the other gets 100 lashes.

This clearly makes the case for penetration. The man who penetrated clearly was not looked down upon. He was given a regular punishment for adultery, the receiving end was given the punishment for being gay. This is what the society thought of at the time.

While I am not entirely sure but if two gays fondle each other, that may include kissing and other body parts, the punishment might be less severe.

Punishment

Almost all sahabas agreed on severe punishment for homosexual. Some agree they should be burned and stoned, other said they should be thrown from height and then stoned, some said they should just be stoned, but most agreed, their punishment would be death.

A point to consider

To punishment for adultery can only be enforced if there are two witness. Usually there are very hard to produce. By witness most people agree, they must have seen the act with their eyes including the penetration. This could be impossible to produce as some people argue. I will leave that out of answer as the rest is off topic here.

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+1 I will just add also that Prophet Lot and his story is also interpreted as Sodom and Gomorrah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah –  adopilot Jul 11 '12 at 14:48
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Asalam wa alaikum

وَلُوطًا إِذۡ قَالَ لِقَوۡمِهِۦۤ أَتَأۡتُونَ ٱلۡفَـٰحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُم بِہَا مِنۡ أَحَدٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ (٨٠) إِنَّڪُمۡ لَتَأۡتُونَ ٱلرِّجَالَ شَہۡوَةً۬ مِّن دُونِ ٱلنِّسَآءِ‌ۚ بَلۡ أَنتُمۡ قَوۡمٌ۬ مُّسۡرِفُونَ (٨١)

Translation (interpretation of meaning):

We also (sent) Lut: he said to his people: "Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? (80) "For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds." (81)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

مَنْ وَجَدْتُمُوهُ يَعْمَلُ عَمَلَ قَوْمِ لُوطٍ فَاقْتُلُوا الْفَاعِلَ وَالْمَفْعُولَ بِهِ

Whomever you find doing the actions of the people of Lut then kill the one doing it, and the one it is done to

Attirmidhi

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Include thafseer's from great scholors in stead of just quoting from quran –  tachyons Jun 25 '12 at 1:44
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Wow, That answer in the link has the worst english, but one of the best explanation I have read about this topic. +1. –  Youssef G. Jul 5 '12 at 2:05
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  1. The holy Quran forbids having sex with someone other than your spouse.
  2. There is a allowed list of female to whom a man can marry. Similarly there is a list for Girls.

So it is clear that a man can marry women and an woman can marry a man. Without marriage sex is haram. So it is clear that homosexuality is forbidden in Islam.

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Please add more sources and also maybe a link to these "lists" as it can prove to be more helpful answer. –  Power-Inside Jun 23 '12 at 11:36
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The holy Quran forbids having sex with someone other than your spouse. Not quite. You can also have sex with slaves, see islam.stackexchange.com/questions/649/… . I suppose they must be female, too. –  Lev Jul 7 '12 at 13:08
    
@Lev, please read the answer there first. –  Inshan Jul 9 '12 at 4:26
    
Obviously I had read it before pasting the link. –  Lev Jul 10 '12 at 5:05
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Surah-Al Nahl verse 90

Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.

Quran explicitly forbids all shameful acts. The arabic word used in this verse is "Al-Fahshah" which means every shameless activity. And this is not restrict to man doing it with another man or a woman doing it with another woman or man doing it with a woman.

Woman is only allowed to have sexual relationship with her husband. Not with with anyone else be it man or woman.

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