Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender.
If the non Muslim believes in Torah or Bible, he should refer to his own sacred book to see what it mentioned about homosexuality in his own sacred book.
If the non Muslim does not believe in any message from God Almighty, you should ask him to use his own senses and answer these question:
How human beings can remain and have new generations if homosexuality was right? How can people have their own children if homosexuality was right?
Engaging in haram acts does not mean one abandons their devotion to Allah ta'ala and their 'ibadah.
Indeed, it is even more important to stress on that, for the purpose of hopefully empowering oneself to become more obedient to God and stay away from sin.
Yes, this man should continue to pray, fast, and perform everything else required by him as a Muslim. If done in the correct way, they will also be valid as well.
With prayers for your success.
The Wisdom behind every rule came from God Almighty is to avoid human beings harm and damage and make their life her and hereafter successful . (The Prophet conveys the message from Allah to allow the good acts and to forbid the evils acts) Sura 7, Verse 157.
Allah (SWT) mentioned in Quran : Remember (Prophet) Lut , We granted him prophet hood and knowledge and We saved him from the people who practiced evil and filthy deeds. (Sura 17, Verse 74).
What wisdom can be more than the Wisdom of Allah?
Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate never created a human being forced to do something which is clearly forbidden by Him. He mentioned in Quran and previous holy texts the sever punishment of people of Sodom when they insisted on their evil practice despite the teaching of their Prophet Lut (AS).
It is false and wrong to claim that this act is not a choice. It is in fact a desire like the desire of fornication or adultery or any sinful sexual desire. There are people who have sexual desires towards married women or to their own real sisters or even towards animals. It is simply an evil desire which can never be justified.
If your brother believes in Allah, then how can he understand the sever punishment mentioned in Quran ( Sura Hood, verse 82) and ( Sura al-Hijr, verse 74) on those who used to do similar acts.
You need to talk to your brother and remind him about the facts mentioned in Quran and by the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS). You may take him to trusted scholars who can explain to him that desire is not a destiny especially when it goes against the clear and essential facts of Islam and morals.
If he applies his intellect and think properly, he should then realise the truth, but if he refuses the truth and insists on evil desires, then you can not help him as he is not willing to help himself. Nevertheless, you should not lose hope any way. Keep on trying to explain to him, as well as praying to Allah (SWT) to guide him.
Every human being who obeys Allah (SWT) despite his/ her desires, will get great reward. More sufferings in the obedience of Allah will lead to more reward.
Desires are not always good for the human being, but many sexual desires, financial desires, etc can be harmful in many situations, that is why, the wisdom says that we must keep our desires under the control of our intellect which is guided by the orders of our Creator (Allah).
Thank you for your question. Marriage in Islam is not compulsory (except in certain situations when a person fears falling into sins), even if it is highly recommended. So if a person doesn't want to get married for any reason, they are not required to.
May you always be successful
Marriage is either highly recommended or obligatory depending on the situation of the person. It is highly recommended for people in general to get married as the prophetic orders to Muslims: تناكحوا تناسلوا Get married, Have children. Hadeeth states: Marriage is from Sunnah, so any one who abandons my Sunnah is not from me. النكاح من سنتي فمن رغب عن سنتي فليس مني.
Marriage becomes obligatory when a person is in danger of falling in sinful acts just because of being unmarried.
In the case mentioned in the question we must emphasize that marriage should never cause injustice to your spouse if you do have any interest in other gender. You need to consult medical and psychological experts and get proper treatment then go for marriage. Some times, marriage itself can help in treatment.
You should never give up or surrender to abnormal situation which is away from the teachings of Allah (SWT).
Leaving marriage might worsen such cases, but with out proper treatment, you might do injustice on an innocent person whom you want to live with when you are still not adequate to be a proper spouse.
You must do what ever you can to help your friend and protect her from falling in dangerous sinful acts. You must be completely sure that she is doing or going to do that sinful act. You can inform one of her family members who has more influence on her but not every one if you think that that member of her family can help saving her from sinful acts.
1. Every human being's life is full of tests, as this life is the test, upon its result our everlasting life will be.
2. Desires which can be good or bad, are a challenge which every one is facing as far we are alive, and it depends on our faith and will power, our life will be shaped. Those who lie or usurp the rights of others or blindly follow their desires, do that because of uncontrolled tendencies which instigate them.
3. Every tendency must be scaled in the scale of faith and reason before blindly following it. It is definitely a test and a challenge when a person feels a desire which is against the orders or God Almighty.
Just having an attraction toward something can never justify doing it when it contradicts with the discipline set by The Creator who distinguishes between good attraction and bad attraction. Many persons have sexual attraction towards incest or children or married women and men etc. It must be clear that just feeling the sexual attraction does not legitimize what you are attracted to. Many people are attracted to drugs and billions of dollars are spent in today's world on drugs, but can such attraction legitimize the drugs? Desire is the originator of attraction and it can be be pure desire which initiates attraction towards good things, and can be bad desire which initiates bad attractions.
Allah (SWT) who created us and every thing and knows about every thing has told us to avoid impure desires and never go after evil attractions. In fact it is one of the best forms of piousness is to go against the impure desires (And as for him who feared standing in front of his Lord (Allah), and restrained himself from impure desires, then the Paradise will be his abode. (Sura 79, Verse 40 and 41).
Allah (SWT) did not forbid any act but only because it is harmful )ويحرم عليهم الخبائث (Sura 7, Verse 157)
Allah (SWT) mentioned in Quran (And remember (prophet) Lut, We granted him prophet hood and knowledge and we saved him from the people who used to do evil acts. (21:74) ونجيناه من لقرية التي كانت تعمل الخبائث
Every evil act is forbidden whether some people are attracted to it or no. Millions are attracted to alcohol, drugs, pork, and fornication etc but it remain evil acts in the reality, so it remains forbidden (Haraam). Forbidding evil acts and impure desires is essential to save life and human beings.
One isn’t punished for merely having an attraction to the same gender. We won’t go into the reasons as to why this happens as this is a whole different discussion, however there exists ‘unnatural attractions’ amongst many people.
The point is that just because a person has a certain feeling or attraction, it doesn’t mean that they should automatically act on this.
Someone could have an attraction to the opposite gender, yet it doesn’t mean that they may act on this by committing fornication and haram actions. We even find people who are attracted to animals or small babies and they may not have control of this attraction. The duty for those who have such unnatural attractions, is for them to not act on them.
Unfortunately due to the atheist, subjective morality which is appearing these days, some are now even justifying immoral practices such as incest!
We shouldn’t assume that just because society starts to widely accept a practice, that it is normal and permissible. We should always remember that our worldview is extracted from the Quran and sunnah.
If a man is attracted to other men but refuses to act on this and commit forbidden actions, then he will be rewarded inshallah. If we use the logic that him having such an attraction is ‘natural and uncontrollable’ then the same argument could be put forth for those who have incest related attractions.
There are converts to Islam who had such an attraction but didn’t act on this.
May Allah grant you success
as salam alaikum
In general, Islam encourages friendship with pious people and those who have a good religious influence on your personality and religiosity. So, to answer your question, you should first look at piety and religious/good influence of a certain person or group.
Islam also do not condone fornication, adultery or any intimate relation outside an Islamic-validated marriage. A Muslim is therefore called to preserve and support Islamic values before anything else.
With prayers for your success.