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The Quran on Homosexuality
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:11:47 AM »


Is there an Aya about this subject? Verse 4:16 does not say two men, are there any others?


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Re: The Quran on Homosexuality
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 10:28:25 AM »
Salamun Alaikum,

The word 'alladhani' in verse 4:16 is a masculine dual pronoun which most likely refers to two men which is further supported by the context of the previous verse which refers to women (4:15).

Verse 4:15 is addressed to women indicating three or more, by the use of the plural pronoun 'allati'.  This is unlikely a reference to two 'lesbian women'. Therefore, 4:16 has nothing to do with verse 4:15 which is referring to only two people (dual).

Thus, 4:15 is possibly a reference to such women that cause 'fahisha' such as prostitutes etc.

Once the subject of women is dealt with in verse 4:15, the attention then turns to men (4:16) indicated by the use of the masculine dual pronoun.

4:16 is not a reference to illicit heterosexual relationships as that is dealt with in 24:2.

Furthermore, relating the duality of 4:16 to the plurality of 4:15 (women) makes no sense. Therefore, 4:16 with the use of the dual masculine pronoun is most likely a reference to two men.

There are other verses which address homosexuality in context of the community of Lot (pbuh) for example:

"Of all the creatures in the world, will you approach the males (dhukrana), and leave those whom your Lord has created for you to be your mates? Nay, you are a people transgressing (all bounds)" 

Please also see related posts on the subject from the site:

[1] Is Homosexuality Punishable By Death?

[2] Tattoos and Homosexuality

[3] Rape

I hope that helps, God willing.

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