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Gay-Friendly Mosque: Islamically Accepted?

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As-salamu `alykum. I read that a French homosexual is planning to open a “gay-friendly mosque” in Paris that would only welcome gay worshippers. He claims that they (gays) need to have a safe space as they do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques. Is this such a “mosque” allowed in Islam?
Wael Shihab

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Sister, we are very pleased for the great confidence you repose in us and we really commend your apparent interest in having a better understanding of Islam and its rulings.


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In fact, the idea of “gay-friendly mosque” is not acceptable and odd. Islam, as well as all divine religions, doesn’t legalize same-sex marriages.


Responding to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the Shari`ah Dept. of website, stated,

Thank you for your question.

Like all the world’s major religions and traditions, Islam has a clear stand on the same-sex “marriage”, as it emphatically forbids homosexuality and lesbianism and regards them as a violation of the commands of Allah. It states clearly that same-sex marriage poses a serious and dangerous threat to human societies and communities.

Islamic shari`ah (law) pays great attention to marriage as it is the straight path towards establishing strong and healthy human communities. Shari`ah, therefore, lays down the basic foundations that guarantee the stability and wellbeing of married couples.

So it's clear that the Islamic concept of marriage is totally different from “gay or lesbian” styles of marital relationships. Islam considers “marriage of a man and a woman” as a sacred, solemn bond that entails specific mutual rights, duties, values, and responsibilities that should not be violated. The Qur’an describes marriage contract as a sacred bond and calls on married husband and wife to observe kindness, true love, and marital rights and duties. The Qur’an says,

{O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain has spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward Allah in Whom you claim (your rights) of one another, and toward the wombs (that bare you). Lo! Allah has been a Watcher over you.} (an-Nisa’ 4: 1)

The above Qur’anic verse clearly explains that among the main goals of marriage in Islam, like all other religions and systems, is reproduction and the preservation of humankind. Reproduction serves to preserve the entire human species all around the globe until the point when life comes to an end.  Same-sex marriage, therefore, threatens the existence of human species. Such relationships could not build human communities or secure the existence of humans. Marriage per se 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.

In fact, same-sex marriage endangers true faithful family atmosphere where children should be soundly and morally raised.  Gay and lesbian marital relationships lack social acceptance and impose serious dangers to the family institution.

As for the point you raised in your question, the idea of opening a “gay-friendly mosque” is unreasonable and odd. In mosques, all worshippers, who are of different cultures and backgrounds, feel secure and at ease. Mosques are the places where good and sinful Muslims should resort to seek professional counseling and enjoy the true feelings of brotherhood and sisterhood. Mosques are not confined to particular Muslim sects or cultures. Community members meet and socially interact in the mosque where social and educational services are provided for all. Muslims’ gatherings in prayers and devotional activities cement social ties and refine their hearts. In prayers, Muslims are required to clean their hearts and bodies of all physical and heart diseases.

A “gay-friendly mosque” is not Islamic; it paves the way for immoralities and wrongdoings. Gays, like other individuals, are not prevented from entering mosques; rather they are encouraged to frequently visit mosques and Islamic centers in order to seek professional counseling and help to get rid of their abnormal practices or inclinations. They, however, are not allowed to call or invite people in mosques to same-sex marital relations. It is their duty, moreover, to conceal their wrong behaviors and spare no efforts to give up such odd practices or feelings.

Members of the Muslims community should help gays understand the true meaning of life and family. They may offer them professional counseling sessions in order to help them give up odd behaviors. They could cooperate with all faith communities to encounter same-sex marital relations through all legal possible means.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.