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except for his wife. Allah decreed that Sodom should perish and an earthquake decimated the town. A storm of stones rained

down on the city and everyone and everything was destroyed, including Lot’s wife.

Verse 55 of Al-Naml says, “Do you approach men with desire

instead of women? Then you are an ignorant people”. Verses 80 and 81 of Al-A’raf claim, “And [we had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds’ … Indeed, you

approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are

a transgressing people”. Verses 26:165–166 of Ash-Shu’ara ask, “Do you approach males among the worlds. And leave what 29

The Arabic verses and their

translations are available at

http://quran.com

your Lord has created for you as mates? Then you are a people transgressing”.29 // The extremely dissimilar interpretations of such verses have spurred debate among religious scholars

and we attempt to reflect the diversity of the interpretations that we discovered online while conducting our research in the subsequent text.

Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabaei

// Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabaei, also known as Allmah

Tabatabaei, is the author of Tafsir Almizan, an exegesis of the

Koran. Tabatabaei is one of many religious scholars who believe that homosexuality is against both the Koran and Islam. In his

interpretation of Verse 80 of Al-A’raf, Tabatabaei says,

“If you look carefully at how humans have been created,

there are two physical forms, male and female, and they have each been given different implements … therefore a male,

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