Is it Allowed to Use the Terms Lūṭī or Liwāṭ when Referring to Someone Who is Gay and to Homosexuality?

October 15, 2022 § Leave a comment

Here students are asking about the wording used to refer to a gay person or homosexuality in Islam, the term normally used is Lūṭī and Liwāṭ respectively, is it allowed to use such wording since it seems connected to the Prophet Lūṭ’s ﷺ name? 

Student: Has the term Lūṭī been used?
ʿUthaimīn: All of the scholars use it, all of the ʿulemā, the fuqahā and the Imāms use this term.
Student: [Is it connected to] Lūṭ, O Shaikh, or the people of Lūṭ?
ʿUthaimīn: Sorry?
Student: I said to Lūṭ ﷺ?
ʿUthaimīn: No, to the people of Lūṭ, to the people of Lūṭ … the connection is not to Lūṭ ﷺ himself or his actions, the connection is to the people of Lūṭ …
Sharḥ Kitāb al-Ḥudūd, 5.

Student: “Al-Liwāṭ [homosexuality]”, Allaah ﷾ called it a fāḥishah.
ʿUthaimīn:Thefāḥishah not “Afāḥishah.
Student: We call it, “The fāḥishah,” and we call it, “Al-Liwāṭ” isn’t this an insult to the Prophet [Lūṭ] ﷺ?
ʿUthaimīn: No, never, this is something well-known … the people of Lūṭ, i.e., Lūṭī is an attribution to these people [and not the Prophet Lūṭ ﷺ].
Tafsīr Sūrah al-Aḥzāb, 9a.

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