There are plenty of things wrong with the Islamic view of Heaven. Probably the most famous example is 72 virgins, which I will talk about in detail in a later post. But for now, let’s talk about homosexuality.
Homosexuality was widely practiced in pre-Islamic Arabia, and to win everyone over, Muhammad had to come up with some revelations about this fact. So we have…
Qur’an 52:24 – Round about them will serve, to them, boys (handsome) as pearls well-guarded.
Qur’an 56:17 – Round about them will serve boys of perpetual freshness.
Qur’an 76:19 – And round about them will serve boys of perpetual freshness: if thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered pearls.
Muslim apologists will tell you that the verses refer to servants that men will have with them in heaven. Well, if they are servants, why are they described in this manner? Let’s look at some cultural context, shall we?
Here is an excerpt from The Perfumed Garden, a book all about sex by a 16th century Muslim scholar named Abu Nuwas.
O the joy of sodomy!
So now be sodomites, you Arabs.
Turn not away from it–
therein is wondrous pleasure.
Take some coy lad with kiss-curls
twisting on his temple
and ride as he stands like some gazelle
standing to her mate.
A lad whom all can see girt with sword
and belt not like your whore who has
to go veiled.
Make for smooth-faced boys and do your
very best to mount them, for women are
the mounts of the devils
I think this poem speaks for itself, don’t you? But one internet apologist had THIS to say:
The book you mentioned, “The Perfumed Garden”, was written in Tunisia in the 16th century A.D. by Cheikh ‘Omar bin Sidi en-Nefzawi. It is a sort of marriage manual written in a rather provocative and lewd style. Even the author himself acknowledges its lascivious nature by ending it with these words: “I have indeed committed a sin by writing this book. Forgive me O Thou to whom we call not in vain. O Allah, do not confound me for this on the Day of Judgment. And you, O Reader, I beg you to say ‘Amen’.” The book is an interesting historical and cultural oddity; it is not to be recommended as an educational manual for married couples.
Um… Okay? So what’s with the part about sodomy?
And also… isn’t anal sex forbidden in Islam, which is inevitable in sodomy so glorified in that book?
5. There are ahadith that forbid anal intercourse and scholars generally agree that it is not permissible. However, in his tafsir (commentary) Tabaari (3d century A.H.) while forbidding sodomy, says that earlier authorities were divided on the question.
Okay, you know what? This is getting ridiculous.
In a future post I will talk about more aspects of Islamic sodomy.