Can One Be Muslim and Gay?

Can I be a Muslim and Gay?

The question of ' can one be Muslim and gay' gained a lot of popularity while reflecting a

 With the rise of LGBT, the question of “Can one be a Muslim and gay?” gained a lot of popularity while reflecting a very deep lack of knowledge about Islam. 

By knowing the very basic concepts of Islam, the answer to the question becomes very clear. 

Can I be a Muslim and gay?

No, you can’t be a Muslim and gay, if you mean the belief that being gay is NORMAL.
And Yes, you can be gay and a Muslim, if you mean by gay doing the act even though you realize you are committing a major sin, you recognize the authority of Allah and yearn in your heart to repent.

The answer to this question, although it is clear, is sometimes confusing, because there are TWO answers depending on the meaning of the Question itself. But it is pretty simple if you understand the basics.

Furthermore, Allah doesn’t hold us accountable for our passing desires or bad thoughts as long as we don’t act on them; So, what the LGBTQA+ usually refers to as “Gay”(i.e: just the desire and not the action) isn’t even perceived as being gay in Islam.

There are NO LGBTQA+ Muslims. Islam, and LGBT beliefs don’t mix.

To put it simply, you are only a Muslim if you believe in Islam and not the LGBT propaganda. You are accountable for your sins but sins don’t make you a Non-Muslim, and your thoughts and desires aren’t even a sin so long as you control your actions and beliefs.

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The Meaning of Being A Muslim 

A Muslim is the one who declares the two testimonies of faith (AKA: Shahadah): There is no God except Allah. Muhammed -peace be upon him- is the Messenger of Allah. 
Those two statements are the core of Islam.

What makes the person a Muslim is: acknowledging, accepting, and following what they mean, with certainty and sincerity. 

This naturally entails acknowledging Allah the Almighty as the objective authority for determining right and wrong. Therefore, a Muslim accepts all Allah’s commands as truthful, even if conflicted with any subjective personal opinion; no matter what it is

This is the first fundamental foundation of Islam. In fact, it is what the word “Islam” itself means. Those who lack the principle of “Islam” cannot be Muslims, regardless of what they say.

Learn more about Islam:

The Concept Of Sins In Islam

We are all human, and we all may slip into bad deeds even if we know they are wrong or sinful. The One who knows the most about us is of course our Creator Himself. So, He tells us about this in the guidance He had sent down to us.

Committing a sin or a wrong act doesn’t make a person non-Muslim. It simply makes him sinful; deserve punishment for his sin, just as he would be deserving reward for his Islam or other good deeds. 

Humans are neither angels nor demons (i.e.: 100% good or 100% bad). Humans are humans, a mix of good and bad. 
How much of either? That depends on each individual, his will, and way of resolve. 

Allah says: 

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” 

 [Qur’an 39:53-54] 

And He also says:

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.”

 [Qur’an 4:48]

Learn more:

Does Allah Forgive All Sins? – I Have Sinned!

The Original Sin In Islam – Who Sinned First?

Did Jesus Die For Our Sins? – The True Meaning Of Original Sin

A Clear Analogy Related to Muslim Gay and LGBT:

Imagine in an LGBT march, someone carrying the flag, wearing a rainbow shirt, trousers, socks, shoes, and even a cap and underwear! He claims he is with the LGBT and supports it, but he also says (I think lust isn’t love, no one is born gay, gay is not okay, etc…) 

All his statements negate LGBT beliefs or ideas.

Now, does what this man wears and says about himself matter? Obviously not! The LGBT propaganda weighs those who support it by how much of their beliefs they do accept! Not by what they wear or say about themselves! 

LGBT propaganda is a set of beliefs and philosophies that you can’t be a supporter of without believing in them; it isn’t just a colorful flag! They would view such an individual as someone mocking them and their beliefs, and trying to strip their (symbols) from the meaning it has, right? 

Can there ever be Muslims promoting LGBT?

No! It’s the Same for Islam. Islam is a set of beliefs and actions, not just a headscarf or a label on an ID.

No one can be a Muslim if he doesn’t believe in Islam, and thus no one can be a Muslim if he believes in the LGBT propaganda that contradicts Islam. 

What they wear doesn’t matter! What they say about themselves doesn’t matter!

Those who come out to say “It is OKAY, to be Muslim and a lesbian” presenting themselves wearing a headscarf, or by the name of an Imam, or just saying that I am a gay Muslim, are no different at all from the man with the flag in an LGBT march saying (Gay is NOT okay)! 

Islam isn’t a head scarf or a name, and neither is the LGBT beliefs are the flag. Islam says “Being gay and Muslim Is NOT OKAY”; If you don’t believe in Islam and what Muslims believe and have believed in for centuries, you are not a Muslim. Read more:

Gays in Muslim countries

Gay acts are not only a major sin in Islam, gay acts in Muslim and Arabic countries are considered a crime, comparable to Rape or Incest. Muslims don’t treat such acts as individual acts that are not of concern to the society, but rather as corruption and degradation to the society. 

Muslims and gay marriage is an unrecognizable alien principle to Islam. The legal and valid form of marriage in Islam is already known, and in the prophetic tradition, all other forms have been deemed invalid. It is essential to understand that the LGBT only raise the point of marriage to gain grounds in changing people’s perceptions and force them to accept their behavior. 

Muslims should NOT change their perception because people say so.

Learn more about marriage and accepted relationships in Islam:


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About Omar AbdulMonem

Omar Zayed Abdelmoneim is a freelance writer and translator, with years of experience in the field. His speciality is writing Islamic and Dawah content, that was built from his years of conversational experience with different faiths and beliefs. His educational background in the Shariah comes from studying a year in Madinah with the scholars of Masjid An-nabawi, and continuous studying through different online programs over the years. Omar graduated from the faculty of science, with a BSc degree in Geoscience. Studying the field of science helped facilitate his mindset and gave him a unique perspective in seeing the world.

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