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TV host: Gay people should be burned alive

TV host: Gay people should be burned alive

  • Egyptian TV host Hala Samir’s videos have almost 60million views on YouTube.
Hala Samir

Egyptian TV host Hala Samir has used her show on Turkey-based Watan TV to say people having gay sex should be burned alive, thrown off a building or stoned to death.

Samir, who is also an influencer on YouTube with almost 60million views on her videos, made the comments earlier this month.

She was speaking on Watan TV, which is based in Istanbul, Turkey but promotes the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The brotherhood calls for the introduction of Sharia Law.

She said: ‘Ibn Abbas quoted the Prophet Muhammad as saying: “If you find men engaged in a homosexual act — kill the active one as well as the passive one.” Don’t start asking: “Are you active or passive?” Just kill both.

‘The companions of the Prophet Muhammad unanimously agreed that homosexuals should be killed, but they had disagreements about the method of killing.

‘Some said that they should be burned alive. That was [the Caliph] Ali. Abu Bakr supported this ruling. Others said that they should be thrown off a high place and this should be followed by stoning. Yet others said that they should be stoned to death. Both Ali and Ibn Abbas agreed on this.

‘With regard to girls – people ask if the same ruling applies to lesbianism. The Islamic scholars have said, unanimously, that lesbianism is prohibited.

‘Some of them say: “I am not homosexual, I’m gay.” They want it to sound nice. No! You are a homosexual, a sodomite, and a lesbian.’

Washington DC based watchdog, the Middle East Media Research Institute, translated her comments.

Murder by stoning in the last decade

In fact, Samir’s remarks misrepresent Islam. At the first Caliphs, shortly after Muhammad, didn’t agree what to do about homosexuality.

Indeed, the evidence suggests that the sahabi (companions of Muhammad) couldn’t quote a saying or decision of Muhammad about the issue.

Moreover, the Ottoman Empire, the seat of power in the Muslim world, didn’t view lesbian or gay sex as taboo for centuries. They formally ruled gay sex wasn’t a crime as late as 1858.

However, recent years have seen a further draconian persecution of LGBT+ people in many parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

And, while Samir’s comments are extremist even by the standards of the region, this crackdown has included murders of the type she advocates, by Islamic State. Rather than burning gay men alive they threw them off buildings and stoned them to death.

Turkey and Qatar are major supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, now the organization is no longer in power in Egypt.