Imam ‘Ali was right to demonstrate that it is always human beings who speak for the Qur’an - they interpret its words according to their own commitments and political positions. This means that interpretation is always ambiguous and contested. This ambiguity allows gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslim activists to articulate an interpretation of the Qur’an that is “sexuality-sensitive,” attentive to homosexual experiences, and accomodating to their presence among Muslims. They contend that the Prophet Lot condemned same-sex rape and denounced the use of sex as coercion against the vulnerable, and that the men of Sodom and Gomorrah committed lustful violence against Lot’s guests not out of sexual appetite but in order to deny Lot’s Prophetic mission by denying him the authority and dignity of giving hospitality to guests and strangers. This chapter will later provide details about such alternative contextual reading of the sacred text than one informed by patriarchal and homophobic prejudice.
Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, Homosexuality in Islam, page 39-40.
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