Mercy and understanding are better than recrimination. I have seen this in my various opportunities to work with Muslims with this orientation [homosexuality] who have come to me. Many of our khatibs are adopting a language of hate, but these people will not respond well to this. The inclination is not a sin, since an intention that is not acted upon is not sinful. In fact such a person who struggles with his inclination will be rewarded. Perhaps he will reach Paradise before you and me.
But the acting-out of the desire is a sin: this is known by ijma and to deny it is fisq. In this we agree with the great majority of classical orthodox believers in other religions. We should not be intimidated and bullied into failing to state this ruling.
Ours is an age which increasingly finds it hard to understand a message of dignity, restraint, and sacrifice. Instead, the age favours hedonism. Muslims in the West must witness to the truth that hedonism does not bring happiness; happiness, which is every human’s birthright, comes from surrendering to the commands of Heaven.
Shaikh Abdal-Hakim Murad, 5th May 2013 in Bayan – a clarification