Status of Eunuchs
What is the status of eunuchs in the Islamic Shari‘ah. I mean if a eunuch
wants to live in accordance with Islamic laws, what laws would apply to him: of
men or of women? Moreover, should such a person live a whole life of sexual
abstinence? If so, would it not be the toughest test given to a human being?
Don’t you think, in most of such cases, the person might become faithless?
Please place yourself in the position of such a person and suggest what should
be the way to guide such people towards Islam.
normally lack the ability to have sex. Therefore the nature of their test no
doubt is very tough. However, the inherent guidance regarding sexual
relationship corroborated by the Shari‘ah directives may not be overlooked by
them. Many other people also suffer some kind of physical abnormalities in this
world of trial. If we appreciate that all of us are put through a test in this
worldly life, it would surely lessen the sense of deprivation. We should try to
indoctrinate these people to the real nature of the fleeting life and prepare
them for the eternal world where none will feel deprived of anything. Focusing
on the real target and abandoning excessive care for the joy of this transitory
world will greatly help. We ought to make these people realize that those who
live through this life according to the stipulated guidance will certainly be
blessed with everlasting bliss in the Hereafter.
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