Shia book:

Al-Sahih min Sirah Al-Imam Ali (“Authentic reports from the life of Imam Ali”) by Ja’far Murtada Al-‘Amili, vol. 11, p. 336 (also found in numerous other sources such as Wasa’il Al-Shia, Bihar Al-Anwar etc.)



من يعمل عمل قوم لوط، يحرق


The burning of the one who indulges in “homosexuality” (lit.: practice of the people of Lut i.e. sodomites).

 وروي عن عبد الله ميمون، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام)، قال: كتب خالد إلى أبي بكر

سلام عليك. أما بعد، فإني أتيت برجل قامت عليه البينة أنه يؤتي في دبره كما تؤتى المرأة. فاستشار فيه أبو بكر، فقالوا: اقتلوه. فاستشار فيه أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، فقال: أحرقه بالنار، فإن العرب لا ترى القتل شيئاً. قال لعثمان: ما تقول؟! قال: أقول ما قال علي، تحرقه بالنار. فكتب إلى خالد: أن أحرقه بالنار

1- المحاسن ص112 ووسائل الشيعة (ط مؤسسة آل البيت) ج28 ص160 و (ط دار الإسلامية) ج18 ص421 ومستدرك الوسائل ج18 ص79 وبحار الأنوار ج76 ص69 وجامع أحاديث الشيعة ج25 ص434 ونصب الراية ج4 ص142 وكشف اللثام (ط.ج) ج10 ص495 ورياض المسائل ج13 ص502 وجواهر الكلام ج41 ص381.

On the authority of ‘Abdullah Ibn Maymun who reported from Ja’far Al-Sadiq: “Khalid (Ibn Al-Walid) wrote to Abu Bakr: “Peace be upon you. I’ve been informed with clear evidence of a man that has been indulged in sodomy. Abu Bakr consulted the Sahabah who said: “Kill him (i.e. the sodomite).”

He (i.e. Abu Bakr) then consulted the Chiefof The Believers ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib who said: “Burn him (i.e. the sodomite) with fire, for killing alone means nothing to the Arabs (it’s not severe enough).”

‘Othman said: “What do you say [O Abu Bakr]?”

He (i.e. Abu Bakr) said: “I will go with what Ali has said, burn him (i.e. the “homosexual) with fire.” So he (i.e. Abu Bakr) wrote back to Khalid ordering him to burn the ‘homosexual’ with fire.”

Lessons to be learnt
  • Ali and Abu Bakr were mutual friends who helped and advised each other.
  • Abu Bakr respected Ali an honoured him, an usurper would never respect let alone honour and seek advise from an alleged semi-devine rival of his in the midst of the people, that would be like suicide.
  • If it wasn’t for ‘Ali, neither Abu Bakr nor Khalid would have burnt that person, it was Ali who convinced Abu Bakr to do so.
  • The Sahabah were unanimously agreed on the execution of homosexuals, but they differed on the method. Some of them were of the view that they should be burnt with fire, which was the view of Ali and then Abu Bakr.
Shias are (still) sitting in a big glass house (or Husseiniyyah if you like), they better don’t throw with stones i.e. repeating nonsensical and unacademical statements such as “Abu Bakr, Khalid and all these evil Sahabah are the roots of Isis and terrorism, beheadings and burning” and what not when it is clearly proven, based on their very own sahih narrations that it was ‘Ali who advised the likes of Abu Bakr and Khalid to burn people who committe certain sins.
Question arises: Will the Shias show some decency and admit (no matter how shocking these facts are to many of them) that executing “homosexual” (with fire) is what has been authentically reported from “their” first “infallible” or will they resort to apologism and reject, weaken and accept whatever suits their desires just in order to slander the likes of Abu Bakr, Khalid ibn Al-Walid and other Sahabah whom they accuse of being the root of terrorism?