Author: Sajid Mahmood Ansari
The same-sex relationship was considered a crime in the USA, just 42 years ago, and now has turned into pride. In States, June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month today. It is really an awful fable ‘how a crime became a pride?’
The Bible clearly forbids same-sex relationships (homosexuality). Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourse, including the following verses:
· "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." Chapter 18 verse 22
· "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." Chapter 20 verse 13
Even homosexualism was remembered with the name of Sodomy, referring to the destruction of Sodom by the Almighty God, due to the loathsome act of homosexuality.
By 1969, the Stonewall Inn (now a national monument) was one of the most popular gay bars in New York City. Throughout the state, homosexuality was considered a criminal offense, and it would take over a decade of organizing before "same-sex relationships" were legalized in 1980 (New York v. Onofre).
What happened to western society? Why did they jump from a criminal offense to a legalized act in just one decade?
In our humble opinion, it was the response of the western society to the call of Open Society, that was first raised by the French philosopher Henri Bergson.
One may differ with us, but they can’t deny the fact that the uprising demand for the freedom for individuals, in the name of ‘privacy’ paved the way to change a criminal offense into pride. Hundreds of books and papers were published to advocate individual freedom, as well as same-sex relationships. Open debates were arranged on electronic media to change the mind of the people who loved to avoid homosexuality. Even homosexuality was declared a fundamental right of a homosexual couple. Now June is celebrated as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month all over the world. The Story begins with the rights of transgender and ends with the rights of lesbians and gays. Same projects have been launched in Muslim countries in the name of transgender rights. Are we ready to see our youngsters be LGBT? If we aren’t, then, what are we doing to protect our children from being LGBT?
Islam strictly condemns same-sex relationships. Sodomy (homosexuality) has been strongly criticized in the 11th chapter of the Qur’an. For this evil practice, the people of Sodom were punished by Almighty God. As the Qur’an narrates:
"So when Our commandment came, We made the highest part [of Sodom] its lowest and rained upon them stones of hard clay in succession."