What Does Sharia (Law) Say About Homosexuals, Women, and Non-Muslims?
Since Sharia is the compilation of the laws of Islam, and is looked upon as the final word for every single aspect of life, what does it say about homosexuality, the status of women, and the rights of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries? I am quoting from the best English translation of Sharia law in print today: The book is Reliance of the Traveller by noted Islamic scholar Ahmed ibn Naqib al-Misri.
Some may wish to compare Sharia with the Law of Moses in the Old Testament and claim that Christians wish to enforce the same kind of code today. However, the New Testament does not insist upon the wholesale enforcement of the civil and religious aspects of the Law of Moses, as can be seen in the operations of the emerging Christian Church in the Book of Acts. I will deal with the purpose and fulfillment of the Law of Moses in Christian theology in an upcoming article.
On pages 664 and 665, Reliance of the Traveller deals with "Sodomy and Lesbianism." It says:
In more than one place in the Holy Koran, Allah recounts to us the story of Lot's people, and how He destroyed them for their wicked practice. There is consensus among both Muslims and the followers of all other religions that sodomy is an enormity. It is even viler and uglier than adultery.
The Prophet ... said: "Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him. May Allah curse him who does what Lot's people did. Lesbianism by women is adultery between them."
What is the penalty for adultery? When looking up "adultery" in the subject index, it says "see fornication." So, under "fornication" on page 660 it says: "The fornicator and fornicatress, scourge them each a hundred stripes and let not pity for them take you (Koran 24:2)." So, lesbians get the lash but male homosexuals are executed? Apparently there are other penalties since Muslims in ISIS-held territory, Iran, and other Sharia-dominated areas kill homosexuals by pushing them off roofs.
Next Page: How about the treatment of women?