🏳️‍🌈 Gay and Islam: How it once was

Apr 21, 2020 | 4 comments

Islam once considered homosexuality to be one of the most normal things in the world.

The Ottoman Empire, the seat of power in the Muslim world, didn’t view lesbian or gay sex as taboo for centuries. They formally ruled gay sex wasn’t a crime in 1858.

But as Christians came over from the west to colonize, they infected Islam with homophobia.

The truth is many Muslims alive today believe the prophet Muhammad supported and protected sexual and gender minorities.

But go back to the beginning, and you’ll see there is far more homosexuality in Islam than you might have ever thought before.

Ancient Muslim borrowed culture from the boy-loving Ancient Greeks

The Islamic empires, (Ottoman, Safavid/Qajar, Mughals), shared a common culture. And it shared a lot of similarities with the Ancient Greeks.

Persianate cultures, all of them Muslim, dominated modern day India and Arab world. And it was very common for older men to have sex with younger, beardless men. These younger men were called ‘amrad’.

Once these men had grown his beard (or ‘khatt’), he then became the pursuer of his own younger male desires.

And in this time, once you had fulfilled your reproductive responsibilities as a man you could do what you like with younger men, prostitutes and other women.

Society completely accepted this, at least in elite circles. Iranian historian Afsaneh Najmabadi writes how official Safavid chroniclers would describe the sexual lives of various Shahs, the ruling class, without judgment.

There was some judgment over ‘mukhannas’. These were men (some researchers consider them to be transgender or third gender people) who would shave their beards as adults to show they wished to continue being the object of desire for men. But even they had their place in society. They would often be used as servants for prophets.

‘It wasn’t exactly how we would define homosexuality as we would today, it was about patriarchy,’ Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a gay imam who lives in Marseilles, France, told GSN.

‘It was saying, “I’m a man, I’m a patriarch, I earn money so I can rape anyone including boys, other slaves and women.” We shouldn’t idealize antique culture.’

Paradise included male virgins, not just female ones

There is nowhere in the Qu’ran that states the ‘virgins’ in paradise are only female.

The ‘hur’, or ‘houris’, are female. They have a male counterpart, the ‘ghilman’, who are immortal young men who wait and serve people in paradise.

‘Immortal [male] youths shall surround them, waiting upon them,’ it is written in the Qu’ran. ‘When you see them, you would think they are scattered pearls.’

Zahed says you should look at Ancient Muslim culture with the same eyes as Ancient Greek culture.

‘These amrads are not having sex in a perfectly consenting way because of power relationships and pressures and so on.

‘However, it’s not as heteronormative as it might seem at first. There’s far more sexual diversity.’

Sodom and Gomorrah is not an excuse for homophobia in Islam

Like the Bible, the Qu’ran tells the story of how Allah punished the ancient inhabitants of the city of Sodom.

Two angels arrive at Sodom, and they meet Lot who insists they stay the night in his house. Then other men learn about the strangers, and insist on raping them.

While many may use this as an excuse to hate gay people, it’s not. It’s about Allah punishing rape, violence and refusing hospitality.

Historians often rely on literary representations for evidence of history. And many of the poems from ancient Muslim culture celebrate reciprocal love between two men. There are also factual reports saying it was illegal to force your way onto a young man.

The punishment for a rape of a young man was caning the feet of the perpetrator, or cutting off an ear, Najmabadi writes. Authorities are documented as carrying these punishments out in Qajar Iran.

Lesbian sex used as a ‘cure’

Fitting a patriarchal society, we know very little about the sex lives of women in ancient Muslim culture.

But ‘Sihaq’, translated literally as ‘rubbing’, is referenced as lesbian sex.

Sex between two women was decriminalized in the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, probably because it was deemed to have very little importance.

Physicians believed lesbianism developed from a hot itch on a woman’s vulva that could only be soothed by another woman’s sexual fluid. This derived from Greek medicine.

Much later, the 16th century Italian scientist Prosper Alpini claimed the hot climate caused ‘excessive sexual desire and overeating’ in women. This caused a humor imbalance that caused illnesses, like ‘lesbianism’. He recommended bathing to ‘remedy’ this. However, because men feared women were having sex with other women at private baths, many husbands tried to restrict women from going.

Lesbian ‘marriage’ and legendary couples

In Arabic folklore, al-Zarqa al-Yamama (‘the blue-eyed woman of Yamama’) fell in love with Christian princess Hind of the Lakhmids. When al-Zarqa, who had the ability to see events in the future, was crucified, it was said the princess cut her hair and mourned until she died.

Many books, especially in the 10th century, celebrated lesbian couples. Sapphic love features in the Book of Salma and Suvad; the Book of Sawab and Surur (of Justice and Happiness); the Book of al-Dahma’ and Nisma (of the Dark One and the Gift from God).

‘In palaces, there is evidence hundreds of women established some kind of contract. Two women would sign a contract swearing to protect and care for one another. Almost like a civil partnership or a marriage,’ Zahed said.

‘Outside of these palaces, this was also very common. There was a lot of Sapphic poetry showing same-sex love.’

As Europeans colonized these countries, depictions of lesbian love changed.

Samar Habib, who studied Arabo-Islamic texts, says the Arab epic One Thousand and One Nights proves this. He claims some stories in this classic show non-Muslim women preferred other women as sexual partners. But the ‘hero’ of the tale converts these women to Islam, and to heterosexuality.

Muhammad protected trans people

‘Muhammad housed and protected transgender or third gender people,’ Zahed said. ‘The leader of the Arab-Muslim world welcomed trans and queer people into his home.

‘If you look at the traditions some use to justify gay killings, you find much more evidence – clear evidence – that Muhammad was very inclusive.

‘He was protecting these people from those who wanted to beat them and kill them.’

How patriarchy transformed Islam

Europeans forced their way into the Muslim world, either through full on colonialism, like in India or Egypt, or economically and socially, like in the Ottoman Empire.

They pushed their cultural practices and attitudes on to Muslims: modern Islamic fundamentalism flourished.

While the Ottoman Empire resisted European culture at first, hence gay sex being allowed in 1858, nationalization soon won out. Twelve years later, in 1870, India’s Penal Code declared gay sex a crime. LGBTI Indians finally won against this colonial law in 2018.

But what is it like to be colonized? And why did homophobia get so much more extreme?

‘With the west coming in and colonizing, they think [Muslims] are lazy and passive and weak,’ Zahed said.

‘As Arab men, we have to prove we are more powerful and virile and manly. Modern German history is like that, showing how German nationalization rose after [defeat in] the First World War.

‘It’s tribalism, it’s the same problem. It’s about killing everyone against my tribe. I’m going to kill the weak. I’m going to kill anyone who doesn’t fulfil this aggressive nationalistic stereotype.’

Considering the male-dominant society already existed, it was easy for the ‘modern’ patriarchy to end up suppressing women and criminalizing LGBTI lives.

‘In the early 20th century, Arabs were ashamed of their ancient history,’ Zahed added. ‘They tried to purify it, censor it, to make it more masculine. There had to be nothing about femininity, homosexuality or anything. That’s how we got to how are today.’

What would Muhammad think about LGBTI rights?

Muhammad protected sexual and gender minorities, supporting those at the fringes of society.

And if Muslims are to follow in the steps of early Islamic culture and the prophet’s life, there is no reason Islam should oppose LGBTI people.

For Zahed, an imam, this is what he considers a true Muslim.

‘What should we do if we call ourselves Muslims now? Defend human rights, diversity and respect identity. If we trust the tradition, he was proactively defending sexual and gender minorities, and human rights.’


Original article

👁️‍🗨️ DISCOVER MORE OF IC:

🇩🇪 YOU4IC: Postcard from Berlin

I'm a 21-year-old male from Germany. I grew up in a small city and now I am living in Berlin, the biggest city and capital of Germany. I am slim, blonde and have blue eyes and I have known for a long time that I am submissive. Nothing makes me happier than serving...

🎵 The sounds of a Muslim male

Surely you have experienced it? Riding the train and hearing a manly voice on the phone; shopping for groceries and hearing a manly sounding conversation in a foreign language; hearing the manliest grunt while waiting in line at the airport?Hearing these sounds makes...

🌈 Experience: Homophobic Muslims

I don't know what drove me to write this post right now but I feel like I need to write down my conflicting thoughts on this. Fellows who have received the call, the fellow addicts who cannot seem to turn away from Islamic cocks, know that homophobia with muslims is a...

🌶️ Thirst trap: Ledri Vula

Ledri Vula (35) is a Kosovo-Albanian rapper, singer, and songwriter. In 2005, the rapper rose to prominence as one of the members of the hip hop duo Skillz. In 2012, the rise of his own stardom eventually led to the dissolution of the duo. In 2014, Vula launched his...

👰 Muslim Wedding Ceremony Rituals

It's a thing that you wanted to know more about. Obviously, not for most of you infidel bottoms personally because a Muslim man will never marry you in any way, but it's still interesting to know what happens during the Muslim wedding. Be it for their espect of him...

Twitter page suspended (again)

Dear all, It has been 4 years since I have opened the first page and started to be an active participant with IC on social networks such as Tumblr and Twitter. Many of you know this webpage from those social networks accounts. Unfortunately, due to the new ban, IC...

🌈 Tunisia Recognized A Gay Marriage

One of the good news about a judicial victory for gay rights that has happened in 2020, but we've totally missed it because of the total overload of news about COVID-19 comes from Tunisia! Gay marriage has been accepted in the Arab world, and it happened in Tunisia of...

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 YOU4IC: Postcard from England

The East London Mosque Well, it all started when I went to help out at another store for work, I was stopping in this hotel for a week. On my first day, I got a taxi to work and the taxi driver who picked me up. We started with small talk but in the meanwhile, I was...
👋 LIVE FROM CHATURBATE:
🔥 HOTTEST STORIES FOR YOU:

This “turned” me Gay?

For the purpose of this text, and because it is a polite thing to do, let me introduce myself as Kyle. Kyle isn’t my real name, though, but it is a name that makes me able to tell you more about me because it creates a distance versus my real life situation. I am a...

📘 A man from Amman (Part 1)

Whenever I try to think about that special moment in my life that made me understand my true purpose, I always find my mind going back to Amman, Jordan. And to Youssef. It was a humid and warmer than usual May, on one of my leasure trips, first time after many years...

📘 A man from Amman (Part 2)

I woke up the next morning with my whole body aching. My back and shoulders, my hips, a tingling in my lips and a burn on my destroyed hole that I felt it would need a week to heal, everything reminded me of him and last night. I could even smell his scent on my skin....

📘 A man from Amman (Part 3)

With my mind on the breakfast that I was promised to receive, I barely slept that night, thinking also about how beautiful and special this trip turned to be, all because of Youssef. I could almost see him smiling to me again and again, like he did some hours ago...

📘 Before take off

“Have a nice flight, love. Call me when you get to the hotel”. “Sure, bye. Take care!” Another one of his fucking business trips, another weekend that I would have to spend on my own. This man has made me hate airports. Somehow all the nice memories that I used to...

📘 Before you ask (Part 1)

This is the first part of the story “Before you ask” by Ed.Click here to read Part 2Click here to read Part 3 When I was 19 years old, I used to live close to a famous university that is attracting students from all over the world. One day, I noticed a new profile in...

📘 Before you ask (Part 2)

A few days later, I received a message from him: "Today at 7 pm". I noticed that he no longer asked me if I was free or not, he just took it for granted that I would come and give him my ass.  I went, he gave me his load, as usual, and just as I was...

📘 Before you ask (Part 3)

Seeing his muscular body made me worry about my own body. So I decided to start going to the gym to try to build muscle and I signed up for a gym near campus.  I started working out 3-4 times a week, while still meeting with him at least 3 times a week. ...

DEAR VISITOR

We here at IC are so proud of our work, and we’d like to thank you for being a part of our community!
If you’d like to donate, please click on the “DONATE” PayPal button below.
Any and every support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for being a part of our community and our story.

🧭 MAYBE YOU'D ENJOY READING:
❓ QUIZ YOURSELF:

4 Comments

  1. JODY

    AS A GAY CATHOLIC I FIND MUSLIM MEN VERY ATTRACTIVE

    • Anonymous

      Indeed, most bottoms on this page are Catholic

  2. phoenixfag

    This article is so beautiful and is an eye opener. I would really like to learn more about it and deep dive into it.

  3. khunil

    everything u said here is complete lie, we whites have stopped pedophilia and child fucking long ago, in modern world all of this shit is done by ugly muslims, muslims come to our white countries to forcefully fuck our white boys and girls and plant there islamic seed into our white womens wombs.

Share This