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Clarifying Sexual and Gender Ethics in Islam

North American Scholars Defend Islamic Position on LGBTQ

In Islam, Christianity, and all divine religions, same-sex relationship and marriage are totally prohibited.

Regarding the position of Islam,

Allah says in the Qur’an, “O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. Surely the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous among you. Allah is truly All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Qur’an 49:13)

As transgender ideology continues to spread across the world, a galaxy of North America Muslim scholars have issued a statement to defend the Muslims’ right to maintain the normative Islamic position on LGBTQ without facing accusations of bigotry or hatred.

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The Muslim scholars and preachers, who represent a diverse range of theological schools, said that Islamic sexual and gender ethics are at odds with general society’s views.

This Islamic position on LGBTQ, derived from the Qur’an, is fixed and cannot be changed.

Amid an increasing push to promote LGBTQ-centric values among children through legislation and education, any contradicting opinion from Muslim parents, scholars, or families was met by accusations of intolerance and hatred.

“As a religious minority that frequently experiences bigotry and exclusion, we reject the notion that moral disagreement amounts to intolerance or incitement of violence,” their statement reads.

“We affirm our right to express our beliefs while simultaneously recognizing our constitutional obligation to exist peacefully with those whose beliefs differ from ours.”

North American Scholars Defend Islamic Position on LGBTQ - About Islam

Fixed Islamic Ideology

The scholars also rejected the incessant attempts to reinterpret or revise religious doctrine to be inclusive of LGBTQ ideology.

“The Muslim community is not immune to such pressures,” they say. “Indeed, some have attempted to reinterpret Islamic texts in favor of LGBTQ affirmation. We categorically reject such efforts as theologically indefensible because these aspects of sexual ethics fit within the category of immutable tenets and are therefore not subject to revision.”

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At the end, scholars said they were committed to peaceful co-existence with those who differ in North America.

“Peaceful coexistence does not necessitate agreement, acceptance, affirmation, promotion, or celebration,” the statement reads.

“We refuse the false choice between succumbing to social pressures to adopt views contrary to our beliefs or facing unfounded charges of bigotry. Such coercive ultimatums undermine prospects for harmonious coexistence.”

Signatories of the statement include Imam Siraj Wahaj, Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Shadee Elmasry, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Imam Omar Suleiman, and the Canadian Council of Imams.

To check the statement with the complete list of signatories, click here.