What does Islam say about homosexuality?

Generally speaking, Islam does not tolerate homosexuality, because there are teachings in the Qur'an which argue that it is unnatural and against the will of Allah.

And as for the two of you men who are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. And if they repent and improve, then let them be. Lo! Allah is Merciful.Qur'an 4:16

Most schools of Shari'ah Law view homosexual sex as deserving the same punishment as adultery, ie death.

What does this mean in practice?

Some Islamic states impose the death penalty on people caught taking part in homosexual acts.

In the UK, there are Muslims who are openly homosexual. Although they are protected by European anti-discrimination laws, they sometimes face strong opposition from fellow Muslims and within their own families.

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