Some homosexuality and lesbianism legalization activists, seem to make Prophet Lut (Lot) as a target of their hatred and slur. The Qur’aan indeed describes the struggles of Prophet Lut which was so heavy in confronting the munkar committed by his people, to the extent that Prophet Lut was expelled from his village.
The Qur’aan describes the struggle of Prophet Lut as follows: “And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people’. But the answer of his people was only that they said, ‘Evict them from your city! Indeed, these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!’ So We saved him and his family, except for his wife; she was of those who remained [with the evildoers]. And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (QS Al-A’raf:80-84).
In Surah Hud verse 82 it was told: “So when Our command came, We made the highest part [of the city] its lowest and rained upon them stones of layered hard clay, [which were].”
The harms of the sexual behavior of Lut’s people was highlighted by Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wassalam:
“Indeed, there is nothing I fear for my ummah more than the deed of the people of Lut.” (HR at-Tirmidzi, al-Hakim, Ibn Majah).
In Tafsir Al-Azhar, Prof. Hamka explained, how very destructive the disease of Lut’s people is, to the point that they are punished severely by Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. Hamka even mentioned that this same-sex sexual conduct is of lower status as compared to animals.
Even animals, Hamka said, still knows which is the opposite sex. Hamka quoted a hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wassalam: “… and when there has been many incidents of men ‘approaching’ men, then Allah will revoke His hands, so that Allah don’t even bother in which Valley they shall perish.” (HR at-Tirmidzi, al-Hakim, and at-Tabhrani).
Hamka wrote in his Tafsir about homosexual couples who were caught red-handed : “The Sahabahs of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wassalam, whose consideration was sought by Sayyidina Abu Bakar once he became a Khalifah, what is the punishment for the person who “approached” and the one “being approached” as there were people who were caught red-handed, all were obliged to decide that both men were to be sentenced to death.” (See, Tafsir al-Azhar, Juzu’ 8).
It could be imagined, how uneasy and angry the homo and lesbian people are, along with their supporters, against the figure of Prophet Lut who tried to stop the culture of ‘free lust’ on the liberal people at that time. A website http://www.savethe males.ca, on 16th October 2004, wrote a report about Irshad Manji with the title “Lesbian Muslim Reformer is a New World Orderly.” It was written: “Muslim ‘reformer’ and lesbian activist Irshad Manji, 35, symbolizes the globalist push to extinguish true religion and enslave humanity.”
About the activist, Irshad Manji, in supporting and promoting lesbianism, it could be seen in her website: http://www.irshadmanji.com. The liberals thus praised her as a “lesbian” who – they said – is diligent in conducting ijtihad. A liberal activist lauds Irshad Manji by writing the title of an article in the Jurnal Perempuan (The Women’s Journal) (Lesbian special edition, 2008) entitled: “Irshad Manji, A Lesbian Muslimah Who is Diligent in Calling for Ijtihad.” It was written in this journal: “Manji deserves to be an inspiration among Muslims especially the women in Indonesia.”
An example of a threat against the figure of Prophet Luth A.S. was shown by a group of students of the IAIN Semarang, the Faculty of Shariah, who published the Journal JUSTISIA. In Edition 25, Yr. XI, 2004, a main report was penned down entitled “The Beauty Of Same-Sex Marriage”. With boldness, the editor in chief wrote the introduction: “Only the primitives look at same-sex marriage as something that is abnormal and dangerous. For us, there is no strong reason for anyone with any pretext, to prohibit same-sex marriage. Because, God has already acknowledged that his project of creating the human has been successful, in fact even overdone.”
Furthermore, the articles in the journal were published in a book entitled “The Beauty Of Same-Sex Marriage: The Democratization and Protection of the Rights of Homosexuals,” (Semarang: Institute for Religious and Social Studies/eLSA, 2005).
The strategies toward the legalization of same-sex marriage (homosexuals and lesbians) are mentioned, namely: (1) organizing the homosexuals to be united and to struggle to retake their rights that had been seized by the State, (2) giving insight to the public that what happens to the homosexuals is something normal and fitrah (natural), so the public do not isolate them, in fact the public are to get involved in supporting every movement of the homosexuals in claiming their rights, (3) carrying out religious criticism and reinterpretation of religious tafsir (tafsir of the story of Lut and concept of marriage) which are partial to the homosexuals, (4) calling for change in the change of Marriage Act No. 1/1974 which defines that a marriage must be between men and women. (pg. 15).
Insulting the Prophet, Defaming the Qur’aan
The proponents of this legalization of the homosexuality movement dare to create a new tafsir (interpretation) of the verses of the Qur’an, by making a heinous accusations against Prophet Lut.
A writer in this book, for example, stated that the prohibition of same-sex marriage is a form of ignorance of the current generation of Muslims because they only understand the doctrine of their religion in a given, taken for granted manner without any sort of rereading of the doctrine in a critical manner. The author then claimed to be critical and suspicious of the motives of Prophet Lut in prohibiting homosexuality, as told in the Qur’an (surah al-A’raf :80-84 and Hud :77-82). All those, he said, are not separated from the factor of Lut’s self-interest, who failed to marry off his daughters to two men, who happened to be homosexuals.
It is written in this book as follows: “As the wish to marry off his daughters did not get accomplished, of course Lut was upset. Lut then considered the two men as abnormal. Lut’s wife could understand the circumstances of the men and tried to waken Lut. But Lut instead regarded his wife as one who was against her husband and considered as supporting the two men who were assessed by Lut as abnormal. Why did Lut assess the two men, who happened to be homosexuals, as bad? As far as I know, the Qur’an do not give a clear answer. But Lut’s resentment against the homosexuals, besides due to the factor of being frustrated for being unsuccessful in marrying off his two daughters, is also is also due to the wrong assumption of Lut against the homosexual people.” (pg. 39).
The slur against the Prophet Lut and the Qur’aan continued here: “Lut, who denounced the same-sex sexual orientation invited the people in his village to not have love relations with people of the same sex. But Lut’s invitation was not responded by them. It was from this disappointment then that the story of a natural disaster was fabricated. Luth’s wife, as per the story of the Qur’aan, also became a victim. In the Qur’aan, as well as the Bible, homosexuality is considered to be the main factor causing the destruction of Lut’s people, but these need to be criticized… I assess that natural disaster as, yes, just a regular natural disaster, just as the earthquakes that occurred in some areas today. But due to the mindset of the society at that time used to be very traditional and mystical, thus the natural disaster had been linked with the people of Lut…. This is not rational and it reeks of exaggeration. How can it be? It was merely the factor of the presence of homosexuals, and then there was a natural disaster. While we see today, in Holland and Belgium for example, a lot of homosexuals are formally married… But how come there is no disaster.” (pg. 41-42).