Does Islam permit zoophilia/bestiality?
Ashley Wolf, Zoosexual (primarily attracted to canines)
Answered Dec 9, 2018
As a zoosexual, I have done a great deal of research into the way different religions relate to those of us who love animals more than the average person and Islam has an uncertain stance on sexual relationships between humans and animals.
Zoosexual activity is not mentioned in the Quran at all (which starkly contrasts with its plentiful mentions in the Jewish and Christian traditions).
Similar to how Christians all regard The Holy Bible as the word of God, Muslims regard the Quran in the same way. However they also have hadiths, which are stories about the lives of the prophets. Some of the hadiths are contradictory to one another, including the only two which relate to bestiality (which is why Islam’s stance on the matter remains unclear).
The first, Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas says this:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone has sexual intercourse with an animal, kill him and kill it along with him. I (Ikrimah) said: I asked him (Ibn Abbas): What offence can be attributed to the animal/ He replied: I think he (the Prophet) disapproved of its flesh being eaten when such a thing had been done to it.
Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4449
Immediately after it is a hadith which directly contradicts the first, Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:
There is no prescribed punishment for one who has sexual intercourse with an animal.
Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4450
Due to this contradictory information, I would venture to say that erring on the side of caution it would be most reasonable to assume that the act of sex between humans and animals is neither haram (completely forbidden) nor halal (openly permitted) but rather that, similar to divorce, it would be considered makruh (permitted but disliked).
The simple fact is, there is no clear consensus on the issue as it was never once mentioned in the Quran and the only other religious documents mentioning it contradict one another so this is really open to personal interpretation.