LGBT rights in Islam is a complex and often controversial topic. Traditional Islamic teachings view homosexual acts as sinful and forbidden. Islamic jurisprudence historically prescribed punishments such as flogging, stoning, and even death penalty for homosexual acts. The condemnation of homosexuality in Islam is often based on the story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were destroyed by God due to their inhabitants’ sinful behaviour, including homosexuality. This story is found in the Quran and is also mentioned in the hadiths (sayings and actions attributed to the Prophet Muhammad). These sources are considered authoritative in Islamic teachings.
However, it is important to note that there is diversity of opinion within the Muslim community regarding LGBT rights. Some progressive Muslim scholars argue for a reinterpretation of Islamic teachings, advocating for more inclusive and accepting attitudes towards homosexuality. They highlight principles of compassion, justice, and respect for human dignity as core values of Islam that should guide attitudes towards LGBT individuals.