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If Islam can accommodate for same sex sexual unions, when why does it only mention the union between the man and the woman?

9 May 2019

A: When the Quran speaking about marriage, it only mentions a heterosexual couple. That makes sense because heterosexual people make up more than 95% of the human race. It's a pertinent issue that will organise the family unit and thus organise society in a way. And also it is heterosexual couples who will be producing offspring. It's a hell of a lot more pertinent issue than homosexuals. Just because the Quran only mentions the heterosexual couple doesn't mean that homosexual are excluded. The Quran doesn't mention every single issue out there. Allah would then expect us to rely on our brains to find solutions. I would ask those same people who use this as an excuse against gay marriage, I would reply "why can't we use qiyas (analogy) so that marital rights are extended to homosexuals"? Qiyas/Analogy is actually a tool used in Shariah to deduce rulings.

 

2. The people who oppose same sex marriage use this verse to say that the Quran only permits marriage for heterosexual couple from Surat Al-Muminun (verses 5 & 5) and other places in the Quran: Those who guard their private parts, except from their azwaaj (spouses)". The term 'azwaaj' أزواج is said to mean the couple of an opposite binary pair i.e. male and female. So opponents used this to say there is no room for homosexual relations. However other linguists have mentioned that the term 'azwaaj' doesn't just relate to gender but it can also be interpreted as "a coupling of different categories" in the human race, unrelated to gender. This view was also supported by major Salafi scholar and Grand Mufti Bin Baaz.

 

The rest of that verse in Surat al Mu'minun are the ones who protect their private parts إلا على أزواجهم أو ما ملكت ايمانهم "Except from their spouses and ma malakat aymanehom ma malakat aymanohom... what does this mean? It's commonly translated to mean 'those whom your right hands possess' i.e. your concubines/sex slaves. But this is such an obscure interpretation and such a stretch at best.  And also I do not think that Allah would make the buying and selling of female captives whom you can have sex with.. to be halal. How could Allah permit such immorality and rape? (So Allah would permit the slavery, capture and rape of women but not two consenting adults of the same sex?).

 

The root of the word 'yameen' comes from the word to mean "an oath" or a "promise". This is a closer more direct interpretation than 'concubines'. So this verse could be translated as "those whom you have an oath with" alternatively. So still... a legal contract.

 

Ibn Al Qayyim warned against making taqleed (blind following) our predecessors. Mohammed Assad said himself that when a pool of water stays stagnant for too long, it will become stale. The term 'Shariah' literally means 'the way' like how a stream gushes and flows in different directions.

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