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Ostracizing someone or mocking someone for a sin

Fatwaa ID: 1901

Assalāmu alaykum wa raḥmatuLlahi wa barakātuh sayyidi mufti.

-Will a person who ostricizes or mocks one who has a desire for same sex be sinful?

-How does a muslim engage another muslim involved with same sex attractions?

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

  1. If the person with the deviant desires regards his desires to be wrong and he does not justify or manifest his desires, then to mock him or ostracize him is wrong, sinful and unwise. Every person has desires that are deviant and unbecoming. Our journey and battle is in curbing those desires and trying to submit our desires in line with the Shari’ah. Rather, one should assist this person in overcoming these desires. To mock him is to help the shaytaan. Mocking him may even lead to him becoming stubborn on his desires.
  2. Same sex attraction is like any other wrong. Just the way you engage with people who are engaged in illicit attractions to the opposite sex, engage and deal with this person in the same way. He is no different. Everyone’s struggle is different.

It is obviously a different thing if one justifies his deviant desires and/or manifests it while regarding it to be permissible. That will take him out of the fold of Islam. In this case, he should be shunned and ostracized. However, mocking even in such a case is not of benefit and should be avoided. Rebuke him and confront him but with decorum and wisdom. Remember, the goal is not to just make noise and call someone out. We want good for others and appropriate means need to be adopted to achieve that.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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