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Status of Eunuchs in Islam
Question asked by Sarah Akhtar.
Posted on: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - Hits: 9930
What is the role and importance of eunuchs in islam. Please give relevant Quranic verses to support the answer?
The Holy Qur'an has not discussed the issue and it has not addressed the eunichs as a seperate group. Therefore, we can only explain our understanding of the issue in the light of the Quranic teachings. Eunuchs are indeed human beings. They are only different in that there physical make up is abnormally different. This does not make their intellectual abilities. They are therefore expected to follow the religious rulings like others. The only pertinent question in this regards is where to place them. Is their role is that of women or men? What religious directives, which are different for men and women, apply to them?
We have explained our view in this regard in the following discussion:
Tariq Mahmood Hashmi
Research Assistant, Studying Islam
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