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Befriending a homosexual

Fatwaa ID: 1307

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Regarding the topic of LGBTQ, can one befriend a person who is homosexual?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The Shari’ah has emphasized the importance of having good friends and keeping righteous company. A person is defined by his friends. Rasulullaah ﷺ said,

المرء على دين خليله فلينظر أحدكم من يخالل.
“A person is upon the way of his friend. Each of you should thus consider whom he befriends.” [Abu Dawood 4833]

Another hadith, Rasulullah ﷺ said,

لاَ تُصَاحِبْ إِلاَّ مُؤْمِنًا.‏
“Associate/befriend only a mu’min.” [Abu Dawood 4832]

A person is influenced by his friends. Keeping the company of the righteous allows a person to become righteous while keeping the company of the sinful ones pushes a person to become unrighteous. On the Day of Judgment, people will regret having taken evil friends. Allaah Ta’aala warns us in the Qur’aan saying,

يَا وَيْلَتَى لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِيلًا
“Oh, woe to me; I wish I never took so-and-so for a friend.” [Al-Furqaan 28]

Every person is a sinner, but one must steer caution from someone who is an open sinner, especially if they are happy with their evil and even go on to justify it. The sexual orientation of a person is his personal issue, but the fact that others know he is homosexual indicates to him promoting his deviant lifestyle. It will not be permissible to befriend such a person. At the same time, this does not mean that we ill-treat him or hurt him. Rather, we treat him as we would any other human being, with dignity and kindness, unless there are other reasons that demand the contrary. We should make du’aa for his guidance.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

11/27/1444 AH – 06/16/2023 CE | AML1-7907

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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