EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY
AND HOMOSEXUALITY ON SOCIETY
By Michael Mumisa
Paperback Booklet 32 Pages
Published By Message of Islam
The literal meaning of pornography is “writing about prostitutes.” It also means
relating information about sexual actions of one’s self or about others, to
those who feel delighted in absorbing such information, or who, as a
consequence, are drawn to it.
From time immemorial, lewdness and shamelessness are present in human nature if
they are not properly controlled. In the Bible, Torah and the Qur’ân, we come to
know about Qawm Lût, the people of Prophet Lût (Lot), who were involved in
perverted sexual activities which attracted Allah’s wrath. All these great
scriptures have preached towards regulated sexual activities and procreation.
In recent times, in various media, print as well as electronic, there seems to
be an explosion of pornographic material and the relatively current media
content seems to be generally phonographic. Under some definitions of
pornography, anything that serves to arouse sexual feelings qualifies as
pornographic. Such an interpretation could include broadcast, cable and
satellite-delivered television. Other forms of explicit sexual depictions tend
to be circulated to relatively specific audiences.
Abu Hurairah narrates that the Messenger of Allah said:
'I will not
be a witness for two types of people who are destined for the fire: people with
whips, like the tails of cows, who beat the people (i.e. tyrants who are the
enemies of their own people) and women who, although clothed, are yet naked
seducing and being seduced, their hair style like the tilted humps of camels.
These will not enter the paradise nor will its fragrance reach them although its
fragrance reaches a very great distance
Islam looks at homosexuality and
lesbianism as unnatural act of sex to satisfy one’s passion. The Qur’ân gives
the example of the people of Lut, (Prophet Lut) who, in spite of the warning
from Prophet Lut they committed sodomy and their entire society became involved
The Qur’ân speaks of them in the following words:
“We also sent Lût; he said to his people: ‘Do you commit adultery as no people
in creation (ever) committed before you? For you practise your lusts on men in
preference to women: you are indeed a people transgressing beyond limit.”
Islam therefore considers homosexuality a great sin and a crime punishable by
Islamic law. Muslim jurists however differ regarding the nature of punishment.