{بدأ الإسلامُ غريباً وسيعودُ غريباً، فطوبَى للغرباءِ}

“Islam began as something strange and will return to being something strange, so blessings be upon those who are estranged
The Prophet Muhammad

We observed that queer muslims were excluded from heteronormative Muslim spaces and simultaneously excluded from homonormative “LGBT” spaces. both spaces have become equally structured in order to position queer muslims in an unwarranted state of debate as a condition for involvement.

London Queer Muslims was founded in November 2017 to challenge the dominant narratives about queer muslims, not by debating whether or not it is correct to be Muslim and Queer, but by actualising a post-debate space where Islamic identity is agreed and accepted as something that is not at odds with queerness. London Queer Muslims has a full constitution and is governed by a secular unincorporated charitable framework with elected board members: a chair, secretary, treasurer and advisors.

Rather than accept “inclusion” or “integration” into endo-cisgendered and heteronormative spaces, we place a strong emphasis on trans, intersex, non-binary, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual and asexual leadership and participation. Our cisgendered and heterosexual allies are welcome too! By centralising the intersection of Queer and Muslim experiences in our group, we address some of the solutions queer muslims seek.

London Queer Muslims is the United Kingdom’s first Zikir & Islamic theology organisation run by and for queer Muslims.

We affirm our queerness, sexualities and non-normativity as a source of empowerment. Our identities are fully realised through the practice of an expression of Islam that is accepting and loving and where queerness is pivotal to our faith.

We run Ijtihad workshops; where we discuss ways to practice and understand Islam from the standpoint that queerness is fundamental to our theology; each Ijtihad workshop has a set topic based on the concept of independent reasoning and consensus building, with a specific emphasis on Queer Istislah (common interest) and Queer Istihsan (seeking the good). We have covered topics such as Eco-Halal and Ethical Eating, Hijab and Modesty, Justice and Ashura, Friendship and Wilayah, Hajj and Queer Belonging.

We also run our Zikir circle; a devotional space for queer muslims to learn and practice the Islamic path of love; each Zikir session is followed by readings from Sufi literature. Our Zikir and Ijtihad sessions are completely egalitarian and our members take turns leading them.

All our decisions are conducted and planned by consensus and our services are carried out by our regular attendees with no single person in authority. We assert that it is the patriarchal endocis-heteronormative structures that truly challenge us, and not Islam.

Our story continues to be an empowering process that has given many of our members a new understanding of Islam that enriches their relationship with faith and queerness.

“When you decide to stand against injustice, expect that you will be cursed then accused of treason, then unbelief. But don’t you dare stay silent about injustice just so you can be described as a person of peace.
– Ali Shariati