In plain English, gay refers to stay happily excited or keenly alive and exuberant. Most people refer to the practices associated with homosexuality or the culture of some people who are attracted to members of the same sex.

In psychiatry, homosexual is a kind of sexual orientation which differs from three other types namely: heterosexual (attracted to members of the opposite sex), bisexual (attracted to members of the both sexes) and asexual (not attracted to members of both sexes).

Since gay has become a culture, some people who choose to be celibate or drawn to participate in exclusively same-sex culture, may not turn to have sex with the same sex, has been mistakenly called gay.

How people become Gay?

More often than not, gay people are raised in a community where they failed to learn about their identity and at the same time failed to reinforce and support their identity. In other word, the community are either ignorant or having hostile attitude toward homosexuality.

Learning theory has been implicated as one of the main reasons for affected man to be homosexual. Biological reasons explaining male homosexuality are lacking, despite few studies have shown in the past that deficiency of prenatal androgens (or tissues insensitive to them) may lead to a sexual orientation toward males. Recent studies have indicated that gay men exhibit lower levels of circulatory androgens than do heterosexual men.

Is Gay a Mental Disorder?

ICD-10 and DSM-IV has stated that sexual orientation alone is not to be regarded as a mental disorder. However, man with homosexual tendency may suffer from emotional problems, e.g. emotional difficulties. Some men with major depressive disorder may experience guilt and self-hatred and contributed to poor self-esteem that lead to deleterious effects on the person’s ability to function in the relationship, poor self-esteem and suicide.

Gay: Islamic Standpoint

Islam particularly Quran is very clear about gay.

Allah says in Quran::

“We also (sent) Lut: he said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? “For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” – Holy Quran 7:80-81.

“Of all the creatures in the world will ye approach males”. “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!” – Holy Quran 26:165-166

The end result for not giving up homosexuality was the destruction of entire cities.

“When Our decree issued We turned (the cities) upside down and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay spread layer on layer Marked as from thy Lord: nor are they ever far from those who do wrong!” – Holy Quran 11:82-83

How Islam reconciles the fact that gay is inborn according to medical facts and the Quran forbids such practices.

In Islam, life is a test. Everyone has his/her own test. Some may be born deform and he is expected to live his/her life according to God’s law. Similarly, gay have to suppress their feelings to follow God’s law. As it is not easy, only those who submit to God’s will can follow His law.

Last Reviewed : 9 Oktober 2013
Writer : Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Jamil Bin Yaacob