The following are excerpts from an interview with Saudi cleric 'Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad, a teacher at the Al-Nabawi Mosque in Al-Madina. The interview was aired on channel 1 of the Saudi TV on January 27, 2005:
Sheik 'Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad: [Homosexuality] is a great corruption. A great corruption.
Our Lord was not satisfied -
when He tortured the tribe of Lot – with merely killing or burning them. Since what they do goes against human nature, [the Koran says], "We turned the city upside down and rained upon them brimstones hard as clay."
Therefore, the jurisprudents among the Prophet's companions
disagreed upon what should be done
to anyone who commits sodomy.
Some hadiths, in Bulough
Al-Maram and other places, say:
"Anyone who is caught
This even appears in Bulough Al-Maram – although this requires further study.
"Anyone caught committing sodomy - kill both sodomizer and sodomized."
However, when the Prophet's
companions received word
that some in Greater Syria were committing
this heinous crime,
they disagreed about what to do.
They couldn't even imagine that one of their own could commit such an act - one the first believers.
When word came from Syria,
the Prophet's companions convened and wondered what to do.
One group said that they must be punished according to the punishment for fornication:
A fornicator who was a virgin is flogged,
and a non-virgin fornicator is stoned.
A second group said, no.
Let's put them…
Let's behead them by sword – both his neck and hers…
The man's neck… I mean the necks of both men are cut with a sword.
Then they are placed on a coffin, and the coffin is burned.
Their coffin is burned after they were killed. A third group said:
Neither this way nor that.
Let's climb to the top of the highest mountain and roll them down the mountain until they are killed, just like when Allah turned [Sodom and Gomorrah] upside down.