I am a biologist working with different animal species, especially social species, who usually have homosexual behaviors--for example, to show social status or to raise one's offspring together. I am also a Muslim and I wanted to know if there was anything on this topic in Islam. Homosexuality is considered an "abomination" in our religion so why can it be seen in animals? I know that humans and non-human animals do not have the same "rules" in Islam, but how can it be forbidden when it seems so... natural, in social species (humans being one too)?

Please note that my question is totally serious and sincere and that I do not say that forbidding homosexuality is unfair: I am only looking for information. Thank you.

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    Maybe because we are not like animals? – Casanova Sep 4 '17 at 19:47
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    It also ties into the fact, that not everything that is natural is moral. A lot of things that happen naturally fail most conventional morality of today. For example, Hanuman langurs commit infanticide. Natural for that species but still forbidden to us. – Opcode Sep 4 '17 at 20:28

Cannibalism and other humanely-perceived heinous acts can be found in the animal world. Just because an act can be found in the natural world does not justify humans to act upon it as well.

Just because a female scorpion kills its male counterpart after mating does not justify a female murdering her husband after mating with him.

In conclusion, "natural animal" acts are not an argument against Islam's stance on homosexual act.

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  • i spent a good hour imagining what the world could be if we followed "animal acts" – Ali BAGHO Sep 6 '17 at 13:59
  • quran.com/36/36 is verese about pairs. – adopilot Sep 7 '17 at 17:53
  • "Just because an act can be found in the natural world does not justify humans to act upon it as well." No, but it is proof that those are natural behaviors, which contradicts the claim that homosexuality is against fitrah, which makes those observations evidence against Islamic doctrine on homosexuality. – G. Bach Nov 21 '17 at 16:25
  • @G.Bach What evidence suggests that homosexuality is against fitrah? Zina is also part of the natural world, yet it’s forbidden. Fitrah doesn’t seem to hold power over what it legal and what isn’t. (If you are defining Fitrah as Natural) – Shadi Nov 21 '17 at 17:07

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