Same Sex Marriage

In 2001 the first country to introduce same-sex marriage was Netherlands. It created the possibility for two men or two women marry each other. Several other countries have approved the same-sex marriage, such as Spain, and Belgium. In the 21st century, the number of countries has been growing regarding the same sex marriage as a right that should be extended to gays and lesbians. For the past centuries marriage was known as a socially sanctioned union, usually of a man and a woman, in the connection called husband and wife.

Based on religious grounds, same sex marriage is strictly prohibited; arguing that extending marriage to homosexual couples destabilizes the conventional meaning and does not fulfill any proliferation role. Moreover, there are certain ethical dilemmas, or differences between same sex marriage and marriage between a man and a woman. For instance, to children that are born during the marriage. If a child is born in a marriage between two women, the one who delivers the baby is the child’s parent, but what is the status of the other woman to this relation.

In the early topics I have mentioned that my ethical thinking style is divine command and in Islam, as well as in all divine religions same sex marriage is totally prohibited. Allah says “Those who love (to see) obscenity published broadcast among the Believers will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and you know not.” (An-Nur: 19).

Dr. Muhammad M.Abu Laylah, professor of Islamic Studies and Comperative Religions at Al-Azhar University was asked about the Islamic view of the same sec marriage, where he says:

Emphatically, Islam forbids homosexuality and lesbianism and regard them as a violation of the commands of Allah. In both the Old and the New Testaments, all Prophets of God forbid such evil activities and punish severely those who practice them.

Allah tells us in the Qur’an that He created everything in pairs. Referring to this, Allah Almighty says, “And all things We have created by pairs, that haply ye may reflect” (Az-Zariyat: 49). For sure, the pairs referred to in the above verse are of different kinds, not of the same kind. Marriage is universally known to be between a man and a woman, not between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman. Marriage in Islam, as in all divine religions, does not mean sexual enjoyment only but also the establishment of a family on hygienic and safe foundations.

Clearly we can see that same sex marriage is something that came up all of a sudden, and in all religions is a righteous act, because it is against the divine commands.


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