A graphic leaked video allegedly shows an Islamic State fighter having intercourse with a donkey.
The act of bestiality was reportedly caught by a U.S. military drone, although this is unconfirmed since leaking military footage without permission is a federal offense.
It’s unknown where the graphic encounter takes place, but is believed to have been videotaped by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
Humans having sex with animals, especially livestock, is not uncommon in the Middle East, but is it permissible or punishable in Islam?
Although the Quran vehemently prohibits homosexuality, adultery, or even marriage of Muslims to non-Muslims, there isn’t one scripture that denounces sex with other species.
However, the Sahih Hadith, a collection of teachings of the prophet Muhammad, does clearly state that bestiality is permissible, aside from condoning rape and pedophilia:
Our companions have said that if the penile head has penetrated a woman’s anus, or a man’s anus, or an animal’s vagina or its anus then it is necessary to wash whether the one being penetrated is alive or dead, young or old, whether it was done intentionally or absentmindedly, whether it was done willfully or forcefully.
If a woman inserts (in her vagina) an animal’s penis she must wash, and if she inserts a detached penis (thakaran maktu-an, lit. “a severed male member”) there are two opinions; the most correct is that she must wash.
Islamic Scholars also permit the act:
“If he had sexual intercourse with an animal, that will not make his hajj (trip to Mecca) void.”(Abu Bakar al-Kashani (d. 587 H), Badaye al-Sanae, Vol. 2, p. 216)
“Sex with animals, dead people and masturbation, does not invalidate one’s fast provided ejaculation does not occur.” (Allamah Hassan bin Mansoor Qadhi Khan, Fatawa Qadhi Khan, Page 820)
Sex with animals before the mission (Islam) was wide spread and many narrations are narrated that it is halal (permissible) but makrooh (disliked). And on the compulsory precaution one should abandon this practice that may cause self harm. And you must admit this to the owner of the sheep and pay the owner. (al-Uzma Seyyid Ali al-Sistani)
To understand why such perversity is prevalent in Muslim culture, referring to the Quran and Hadith reveal many times that this is religiously permitted or commanded.