DON'T PLAY BEHIND MY BACK!!
To my fellow bloggers and Bacalah readers (Jose, if there is any!)
I would like to write on the subject of sodomy. No! It has nothing to do with that leader who was accused of being a sodomite. No. Absolutely not!
It is just that, I feel it is necessary for me to explain or to describe what does it mean and other things which are related to it.
No, I am not a sodomite nor I had the experience of being sodomized by anybody or even allowing anybody to do such act on me. It is obvious; I am not the kind of person a sodomite will be interested with.
The term "sodomy" comes from the (Jose, get ready for some tongue twisting exercise!) Ecclesiastical Latin: peccatum Sodomiticum, or "sin of Sodom."
From an information that I had gathered from the Internet, the association of the ancient city of Sodom with sexual depravity is of biblical origin.
According to the Bible (Jose, ini pun penulis baca secara rambang, BUKAN! BUKAN SEKS RAMBANG!), in the book of Genesis (chapters 18-20), the Lord perceives Sodom and Gomorrah as places of grave sinfulness and seeks to discover whether this perception is really true before He destroys the inhabitants.
According to the Bible (Jose, engkau Kristian ker Muslim? Tak mengapa, yang penting kita semua hambaNya!) Two angels (who have the appearance of humans) are sent to find out the reality of life in Sodom. After arriving in the city in the evening, the angels are invited - then urged strongly - by Lot (Prophet Luth Jose!) to take refuge with his family for the night.
The men of the city of Sodom desired that Lot give them the two men so that they may "know them," which has been interpreted either to mean "interrogate" or "to engage in sexual intercourse." Lot refuses to hand them over, and offers his two virgin daughters instead which has been interpreted to mean either a compromise to assure the crowd that the two men have no untoward intentions in town or for sexual intercourse.
In any event the offer is refused. It is only after the two angels draw Lot back into the house, and then caused blindness to come upon the men of the city, that those within the house are safe. Even in their blinded state, the men outside still try to gain entry to the house and continue until they become wearied. We see here the extent of either their inhospitality or depravity, depending upon how one interprets the verses.
In the end, God had destroyed Sodom by a rain of sulfur and fire. From this biblical narrative the word 'Sodomy' is derived and thus, it come to be synonymous with anal intercourse (particularly between two males) and sometimes also to describe human-animal sexual intercourse (also known as bestiality or zoophilia).
Based on the Holy Qur'an, it stated more explicit scriptural connection between homosexual aggression and Sodom. Eventhough the name of the city ‘Sodom’ does not appear there, the Sodomites are referred to as "the people of Luth (Kaum Nabi Luth daa..)." Lot (Nabi Luth) is the nephew of the Hebrew/Arabic patriarch Abraham and, in the Judaic Sodom stories, is head of the only family allowed by God to survive Sodom's destruction.
In the Qur'an, he is also the divinely appointed national prophet to his people. Since their national name was unrecorded and "people of Lot" was the only available designation, the Islamic equivalent of ‘sodomy’ has become ‘liwat’.
According to Islamic view, homosexuality is not a natural activity and it was due to the heavy influence of the Satan among the people who were living in Sodom and Gomorrah. In order that they should abandon this immorality, Allah had sent to them Luth as a Prophet. The Qur'an relates,
'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 practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds".' - (Quran 7:80-81)
It is evident from this verse that the sin of the Sodomites was indeed homosexuality (specifically, amongst men) in the Islamic context. In Islam sodomy (Anal sex) is forbidden whether done with a man or a woman.
I hope I am not offending anybody with this piece of writing. The act of a sodomite is an act, which is heavily condemned by God, as well as the society. No matter what it is, if a person is found involved in this disgraceful act, he should repent and stop doing it. It is far much safer to do the hand act (Jose, sendiri mau ingat laaa!) than to intrude other people’s anus!