Navigating Differences: Clarifying Sexual and Gender Ethics in Islam

“We have created you from a male and a female.” (Qur’an 49:13)

The Muslim social media is abuzz over a recent public statement put forward by Muslim scholars , academics and other notables in the U.S, North American community.

The original article can be found here:

The article is nothing less than a very principled defense of the Islamic position on the matter. It is very clear they are defending Islamic values. Those people who are upset with this document (among believing practicing Muslims) did not read it clearly.

“By a decree from God, sexual relations are permitted within the bounds of marriage, and marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. In the Quran, God explicitly condemns sexual relations with the same sex (see, e.g., Quran, al-Nisā’: 16, al-A‘rāf: 80–83, and al-Naml: 55–58).”

“In Islam, the sinful actions of an individual do not and should not dictate his or her identity. As such, it is impermissible for Muslims to take pride in identifying with labels that categorize them by their sins.”

Very well said. In other words there is no Gay Pride for a believer. Just as there is no ‘Liar Pride’, ‘Cheater Pride’, ‘Deceiver Pride’ ‘Adulterer Pride’ ‘Fornicator Pride’ ‘Hypocrite Pride’ for a believer.

There are those in the Muslim community who have condemned the article without even reading it. Such people are a curse for this Muslim ummah. Such people are a curse for this Muslim ummah. Such people are a curse for this ummah!

It takes 5 minutes to read. Some have said it was not harsh enough? It doesn’t need to be harsh at all! It is principled and unwavering and opens the door for forgiveness and repentance and transformation.

Rather I agree with everything they say or believe, Dr. Jonathan AC Brown, Dr. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, and Dr.Shaykh Shadee Elmasry among others, will come under tremendous scrutiny and attack. Indeed it is happening right now. May Allah (swt) grant them taufik.

The signatories were very careful and intelligent in the writing of the document. They are all protected under the U.S constitution.

Amendment I

(ratified December 15, 1791)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The only thing that any practicing Muslim could find fault with and that is if you went over the document with a magnifying glass could possibly be the following paragraph:

“As such, as a general rule, Islam strictly prohibits medical procedures intended to change the sex of healthy individuals, regardless of whether such procedures are termed gender “affirming” or “confirming.” For individuals born with biological ambiguities, such as disorders of sexual development, Islam permits them to seek medical care for corrective reasons.”

However, anyone who wants to attack this clause would have to than give the legal verdict based upon the Qur’an, and Sunnah to give the concrete solution for those born under such circumstances.

Also you will note that I say practicing Muslims as in all fairness and truthfulness those are the only Muslims there are. Muslim means one who submits/surrenders. So this is a recognition that there are cultural Muslims or we may say ‘nominal Muslims’. That is to say those who do not submit or surrender.

Allah (swt) in the Qur’an called Iblis (who was a Muslim) a kafir the moment Iblis disobeyed his amr (command).

So what ever grievance anyone may have with the signatories or their organizations this ain’t it boss.

As regards those Muslims who are suggesting that all Muslims just leave the United States and other such countries.

#1) You lead the way. I hope that anyone who suggest this is not someone who current lives in a country where Muslims are the minority. That would be pure nifaq (hypocrisy).

#2) Those scholars, teachers and other Muslims who live in Muslim minority countries are often natives of that country. To move to another location is not as easy as one would think.

#3) Those scholars, teachers and other Muslims who live in Muslim minority countries are also people who are fulfilling the commands of Allah (swt) in the Qur’an:

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” (Qur’an 16:125)

Anyone who has lived in the United States for example knows it is a deeply deeply troubled society. There are beautiful human beings in that nation with huge hearts. Very sincere and noble people, may Allah guide them.

Yet the sickness, chaos, utter contempt for the elderly, the young being filmed fist fighting each other and spread all over the internet for clicks and likes. The social injustice. The economic injustice. The promiscuity, the hedonistic society and drug and alcohol dependencies. The narcissism.

Could write an entire blog…an entire website dedicated to all the evils that best that nation from all sides. I believe anyone striving to deliver the haqq (truth) to the people are to be deeply respected.

This takes back bone to do what they did. They took a stand and I stand with them!

If any of our brothers from our school (Ahl Haqq Wal Istiqama) read this , than do support them. Make du’a for them at the very least.

With Allah (swt) is success.

May Allah (swt) guide us to what is beloved to Allah (swt).

Articles I have written on the subject are as follows:

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