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Salaam!
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Welcome to the home of the
“I am not Haraam” project - a blog created for
LGBTQ Muslims by LGBTQ Muslims.

Haraam is an Arabic word used in Islam to mean “forbidden”. This project has been started as a way for LGBTQ Muslims to stand up and proclaim that we will not allow our existence as LGBTQ Muslims to be erased any longer.
We are not kafirs, we are not deviant, our existence is not a sin. This is our space to say:
WE ARE NOT HARAAM.

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Call for submissions
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We’re calling for any Muslim who identifies as part of the LGBTQ spectrum to submit to this blog. Allies and supportive families of LGBTQ Muslims are also welcome and encouraged.
The theme for submissions is quite simply,
“I am not haraam”
(or “my son/daughter/lover/sibling is not haraam”).

We’d like you to share what it means for you to be an LGBTQ Muslim. You can tell us about your struggles, your everyday life, anything that makes you, you!

Submissions can take any form; text posts, audio posts, art work, poetry, video etc.

How do I submit? You can submit by clicking on “submit” at the top of the page or by emailing iamnotharaam@gmail.com

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to message us.
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Please note: This is a positive space for LGBTQ Muslims. We will not publish or respond to any negative or hateful remarks. We will not respond to any message asking us to justify our existence as LGBTQ Muslims.

As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

This is me.
I am constantly torn
I am always falling
I am sheltered
I am afraid to speak
But I am insanely proud

I am Muslim, and I am not Haraam.

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