An incredible story of a man who fought his nafs to submit to Allah (swt) and his Imam (as). It resulted in the tears of Imam Ali (as) to flow down his cheeks.
Before we share this amazing story, we want to make clear that engaging in homosexual activities is something completely forbidden in Islam. Aside from the Qur’anic proofs through the story of Prophet Lut (as), we find many hadiths condemning and heavily punished and we are not here to justify it. For example:
(It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’far (as) having said: ‘The passive sodomist, his Penalty (Hadd) is the Penalty (Hadd) of the adulterer’. (Al-Kafi, Volume 7, Chapter 21, Hadith #8, Majlisi says this hadith is Reliable like Sahih)
(It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’far (as) having said: ‘The lesbian would be whipped’. (Al-Kafi, Volume 7, Chapter 23, Hadith #3, Majlisi says this hadith is Reliable like Sahih)
However, how these penalties and punishments are to be established, and the sinner to be judged worthy of this punishment, is a process that is not taken into consideration by most people when discussing the Hadd’s (Punishments) in Islam.
For example, the severe punishment of stoning for the fornicators requires FOUR eye witnesses who are reliable of the explicit event taking place, or the testimony of the actual sinner(s) to testify openly FOUR times (The following story is an example of this). It is virtually impossible for it to be established.
However, for some people, they understand the Mercy of Allah (swt) and know the temporal punishment of this life is worth the alleviation of the eternal punishment in the next life. For example, this noble man who literally begged for the punishment to be put on him, so that he may be forgiven by Allah (swt).
(It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (as) having said: ‘Whilst Amir Al-Momineen (as) was among a group of his (as) companions, when a man came over and said, ‘O Amir Al-Momineen! I have gone to (sexual relations with) a boy, therefore purify me’. So he (as) said: ‘O you! Go to your house, perhaps your gall bladder is exciting you’.
So when is was the next morning, he returned to him (as) and said to him (as), ‘O Amir Al-Momineen! I have gone to a boy, therefore purify me’. So he (as) said to him: ‘O you! Go to your house, perhaps your gall bladder is exciting you’. He did it three times after the first. So when it was during the fourth, he (as) said to him: ‘O you! Messenger of Allah (sawa) had judged regarding (a case) similar to yours with three judgements, therefore choose which of these you like’. He said, ‘And what are these, O Amir Al-Momineen?’ He (as) said: ‘A strike with the sword in your neck, it reaches what it reaches, or throwing you off the mountain with your hands and feet tied up, or burning with the fire’. So he said, ‘O Amir Al-Momineen! Which of these is the harshest upon me’. He (as) said: ‘Burning with the fire’. He said, ‘So I have chosen it, O Amir Al-Momineen! He (as) said: ‘Are you prepared to take that, I shall call for you’. So he said, ‘Yes’.
So he (as) said: ‘So he (the sinner) Prayed two cycles (rak’ah), then sat in his Tashahhud, so he said: ‘O Allah! I had committed from the sins which You Know of, and I feared from that. So I went to the successor of Your Messenger (sawa), and a cousin of Your Prophet (sawa), so I asked him (as) that he (as) should purify me. So he (as) gave me a choice of three types of punishment. O Allah! So I have chosen the harshest of these. O Allah! I ask You that You Make that as an expiation of my sin, and that You do not Burn me with Your Fire in my Hereafter!’
Then he stood up and he was crying until he sat in the pit which had been dug out for him by Amir Al-Momineen (as), and he was seeing the fire inflaming around him. So Amir Al-Momineen (as) wept and his companions wept altogether. So Amir Al-Momineen (as) said to him: ‘Arise, O you, for you have made the Angels of the sky and the Angels of the earth to cry, so Allah (swt) has Turned towards you (with Mercy). So arise and do not repeat anything from what you have done’.
علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن محبوب، عن ابن رئاب، عن مالك بن عطية عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: بينا أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام في ملا من أصحابه إذ أتاه رجل فقال:
يا أمير المؤمنين: إني قد أوقبت على غلام فطهرني، فقال له: يا هذا امض إلى منزلك لعل مرارا هاج بك فلما كان من غد عاد إليه فقال له: يا أمير المؤمنين إني أوقبت على غلام فطهرني فقال له: يا هذا امض إلى منزلك لعل مرارا هاج بك حتى فعل ذلك ثلاثا بعد مرته الأولى فلما كان في الرابعة قال له: يا هذا إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله حكم في مثلك بثلاثة أحكام فاختر أيهن شئت، قال: وما هن يا أمير المؤمنين؟ قال: ضربة بالسيف في عنقك بالغة ما بلغت أو اهداء من جبل مشدود اليدين والرجلين، أو إحراق بالنار فقال:
يا أمير المؤمنين أيهن أشد علي؟ قال: الاحراق بالنار قال: فإني قد اخترتها يا أمير المؤمنين قال: خذ لذلك أهبتك فقال: نعم فقام فصلى ركعتين ثم جلس في تشهده فقال: اللهم إني قد أتيت من الذنب ما قد علمته وإني تخوفت من ذلك فجئت إلى وصي رسولك وابن عم نبيك فسألته أن يطهرني فخيرني بين ثلاثة أصناف من العذاب اللهم فإني قد اخترت أشدها اللهم فإني أسألك أن تجعل ذلك كفارة لذنوبي وأن لا تحرقني بنارك في آخرتي ثم قام وهو باك حتى جلس في الحفرة التي حفرها له أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام وهو يرى النار تتأجج حوله قال: فبكى أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام وبكى أصحابه جميعا فقال له أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام: قم يا هذا فقد أبكيت ملائكة السماء وملائكة الأرض فإن الله قد تاب عليك فقم ولا تعاودن شيئا مما قد فعلت
Sanad: Ali Bin Ibrahim, from his father, from Ibn Mahboub, from Ibn Raib, from Maalik Bin Atiyya who said the above hadith
Source: Furu’ Al-Kafi, Volume 7, Chapter 22, Hadith #1 (See First Image below)
Grading: Allaamah Majlisi (rh) said this hadith has a Hasan/Good chain (حسن) [Mira’at Al-Uqool, Volume 23, Page 306 (See Second Image below)]
How quick we are to judge people, when perhaps their repentance is more beloved in the eyes of Allah (swt) then all our deeds combined. Can we ever say the Angels of the Heavens and the Earth along with Ameer Al-Mu’mineen (as) cried for us?
Note: This post contains fiqh related statements, and should not be relied upon soley – and one is advised to refer to their respective marja’ for further information.