U of T Professor: In Islam homosexuality is a punishable crime, thief’s hand to be cut off


Dr. Shabir Ally, a scholar and theologian who taught courses on Arabic, the Quran, and Islam at the University of Toronto, is the President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto and the founder of the TV and online show Let the Quran Speak.

In the online show Let the Quran Speak, Dr. Shabir Ally explained the Islamic perspective on homosexuality. The following is excerpt of the interview (posted on YouTube on Apr 12, 2015):

Question: “Are there any penalties in the Islamic Sharia for someone who identifies himself or herself with a homosexual orientation?”

Dr. Shabir Ally: “In some traditional books it is mentioned that scholars pondered this issue and partly did not have anything clear to go on like if we think about the penalty for theft for example, this is clearly stated in the Koran that the hand of the thief should be cut.

If we think about the penalty for adultery, this is clearly mentioned in the Koran as number of lashes orhundred. Of course the stipulations and when and how to apply this and so on this is a separate discussion,but no specific penalty was mentioned for homosexual acts except for what I mentioned previously about that verse of the Koran which could possibly refer to homosexual acts, but there is no specific penalty was mentioned. It was said: punish them both [partners to the homosexual act].”

In another event (video posted on YouTube on December 8, 2012), Dr. Shabir Ally said the following:

But God’s law says that what we’re talking about here [homosexuality] is wrong, and if they do that wrong they have to face it.

So some say: no but we cannot help it. How do you mean you cannot help it? This is the continual call of the Satan (Shaitan شيطان).

Satan tells the child molester you cannot help yourself you have to molest children. You see the short criminal mind? It is shown here the criminal mind.

Some people have some criminal mind they cannot help themselves, they have to go murder the next victim, and the next victim, and the next victim. So this is they cannot help themselves.

What do we say? You should be able to help yourself. Stop yourself. Right? Go to the guidance of Allah, glorified and exalted be He [سبحانه وتعالى], do what is right. Just because you have an inner desire you have to commit crime doesn’t mean that you have to commit crime. You can stop yourself, right?”

Canadian Imams and Islamic literature sold/ distributed for free in Canada provide a context to understanding the position of Islam regarding homosexuality (to read more about What Islam is saying on homosexuality? The Canadian Islamic perspective  click here, here, here, here and here).

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