Islam Online and the Beheading of Homosexuals
This month, IOL placed a colorful graphic on its site, including its homepage, advertising its discussion regarding the act of beheading homosexuals. It stated, “Behead Homosexuals: Shari’ah or Politics?”The discussion on IOL about the beheading of homosexuals was in response to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who in May, reportedly said that he would “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country. The question, as posed by IOL, dealt with whether or not Jammeh was acting in accordance with the religion of Islam or in accord with his own political whims?
Of this, IOL Shari’ah Scholar Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti stated the following: “I agree with president Jammeh that homosexuality is a grievous sin that a Muslim must find repugnant, and that its perpetrators do not deserve to be respected or accepted in the Muslim society.” (But) while “president Jammeh deserves respect for his enthusiasm for Islam and virtue in his society,” the beheading of homosexuals has “no foundation” in the Quran or Hadith (Muhammad’s sayings).
So, someone who asks for the beheading of homosexuals as sexual perverts deserves respect. Even if according to them, this punishment has “no foundation” in the Quran or Hadith. But well, it’s of no surprise if we take into account who founded it: Yousuf Al-Qadarawi.