Islam, The Religion of Love and Peace

By Sophie

 

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Caned six times. Fined 3,300 Malaysian ringgit. “The punishment was shocking and it was a spectacle,” deemed by Thilaga Sulathireh, an activist from the Malaysian rights group Justice for Sisters. Two Malaysian Muslim women were caned and fined in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex. People should not have to deal with those punishments for publicly showing each other affection. 

Malaysia is a country that is not accepting of the LGBTQ community. The “Malaysian law currently provides for whipping and up to a 20-year prison sentence for homosexual acts involving either men or women.” The LGBTQ community is not accepted by the main religion of the country because of historical beliefs. 

According to the Quran, the religion of Islam believes that Adam and Eve were the first humans to be on our world and reproduced to make more humans. Therefore, it states that it is not right for people to like the same gender because the world was created to have men and woman reproduce. The Muslim religion believes that people are responsible for their own choices and therefore believe people choose their sexual orientation. 

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 11.42.52 AMIt is unfair to not accept people for who they are. People are born with the trait. Can people really choose to be gay or not? No. Can people really choose to feel the need to transition their sex to another? No. People don’t decide those things, their bodies do. Do you really think that people want to make their lives harder for themselves on purpose and want to be punished for having a different sexual desire? An article by Alia E. Dastagir, a reporter covering cultural issues, including gender, race, and sexuality states that it is “a combination of genes… and early exposure to sex hormones [that] make us who we are.” Therefore the “biological factors drive our sexual desires, our personalities” and other things that make us who we are.

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 11.42.58 AMThe Roman Catholic Church also forbids the LQBTQ behavior since that is how it is written in the Bible. But a country such as Brazil, with the highest Catholic Christian population in the world, is still very accepting towards the LGBTQ community. There are obviously still some social challenges that LGBTQ people may face, but the same-sex marriage “rights [are now] available nationwide since May 2013.” (LGBT) If the Christian Catholic religion is starting to accept it, even though that is not how it is written in the Bible, why can’t the Islam Religion make an exception? 

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 11.43.05 AMThe beliefs and practices were created over 1300 years ago when people didn’t know much about homosexuality. The world has changed and people are becoming more open-minded. Why can’t everyone be more open-minded and accepting? People didn’t know what homosexuality was and people believed that only woman and men could be together since they could reproduce. But why should we worry about the lack of reproduction? It is not our biggest problem. 

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 11.43.12 AMThe Islam religion says that there is “no religion [that] urges its followers to adopt mutual love, affection, and intimacy like the religion of Islam,” so if love is so important to the religion, why is it limited to just opposite sex? People need to stop punishing the LGBTQ community, they are innocent. People get punished for bad deeds, they shouldn’t be punished for being who they are and loving who they are. Public affection is already not allowed for straight people, so it is acceptable that same-sex couples aren’t allowed to show affection either, but they should change the law in Malaysia to not punish the LQBTQ’s and same-sex marriage should be legalized. 

 

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