Young Boys for Sex?

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Question:

Why does the Koran offer young boys to men in Pqaradise?Round about them will serve,to them,BOYS(handsome!)as peqarls(!)well -guarded.52:24Round about them will serve BOYS of PERPETUAL FRESHNESS(!). 52:24

...If thou seest them [young fresh boys]thou  wouldst think them scattered pearls 76:19

Homosexuality is firmly against the LAW of the Almighty Himself -especially towrds young boys who 'look like pearls';so why such writings?I was stunned.Then I read poems by muslims like Abu Newas 'Perfumed Gardens' and was shocked to read such filth about having sex with young boys and that those veiled whores or wives don't deserve attention like these fresh young boys do!"Make for smooth-faced boys and do your very best to MOUNT them for women are the mounts od devils."Abu Nuwas

PLEASE an answer!



Answer:

The verses quoted are as follows:

And there will go round boy-servants of theirs, to serve them as if they were preserved pearls. Al Tor 52:24

They will be served by immortal boys... Al Waqiah 56:17

And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. Al Insan 76:19

Even a most abecedarian read of these verses will allow the reader to educe that they have nothing to do with homosexuality.  In all the quotes provided an ambiance of blissful harmony and happiness is illustrated.  In this setting there is the service of immortal boys, much like sons, who provide comfort for the patrons of Heaven.  They serve the righteous with cups filled with the tastiest drinks and fulfill their duties to wait on the people of God.  As it regards to the beauty of these servants it only relates to the exquisiteness of Heaven.  The ambiance in the hereafter is one of beauty and loveliness where no form of ugliness can exist.  The youth of these boys only relates to their eternal existence, never growing old.  Heaven is a place of incorruptible conditions.  People do not become decrepit, or enfeebled by age.  It is a place of everlasting well-being and freshness.  Hence, youth is the symbol of eternity and perpetual vigorousness.  Not in any instance in any of these verses is there a hint of homosexuality.  This is merely a projected misunderstanding on your, or whomever led you to believe this, part.

Considering that this is an Islamic site I would refrain from commenting on works that do not deal with doctrine.  However, so that I may fulfill your query I searched through "The Perfumed Garden" by Shaykh Nefwazi and could not find a remote statement such as the one you have provided.  I would recommend that you check the authenticity of the poem.  I hope that you are relieved of your shock and now appreciate a better understanding of the verses.  It should be noted that homosexual behavior is forbidden in Islam and is even mentioned in the Qur'an as being sinful.

We also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: "Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you?  For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds."  Al A'raf 7:80-81

"Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!"  Al Shu'ara' 26:165-166

I hope I have clarified the issue.

God knows best.

Ronnie Hassan
June 11, 2004





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