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:

Call for submissions
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.
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.
Posts tagged "Imam Daayiee"

The correct answer is yes and no. I am not a literal reader of Quran and I interpret Quran from an inclusive point of view. I am supportive of gender equality between men and women, womens’ rights. children’s rights, queer Muslim rights and their full acceptance in the Ummah. I believe most orthodox Muslims misappropriate the phrase “tolerant of others” in ways that do not adhere to Quranic teachings nor produce good will and benefits for our Ummah. Otherwise, I am closely aligned with my Shafi’i training and very open to varying opinions from other madhahibs.

There is a stark difference between Progressive views within Islam and the majority of Muslims.  The vast majority of Imams throughout the world are not publicly supportive of gender equality nor women’s rights, and even less so for GLBTQ Muslims.  Such attitudes prevent these Imams from acknowledging diverse segments of the Muslim community, These Imams continuously deny other Muslims quality religious counseling because of their outer and inner differences.  This milieu of shame and the promotion of physical abuse exists due to an over reliance upon biased, historical juristic rulings that limit women access to community leadership roles, prevents Muslim children from achieving their highest aspirations, and disregards queer Muslims and their concerns.

Imams as leaders must meet the challenges of our modern times. Imams must provide our Muslim brothers and sisters unbiased and nonjudgmental counseling, regardless of their observable outer and inner differences. When this takes place, the Muslim community worldwide will remove the blinders that perpetuate the ignorance within our faith.  It is changing this distorted and most inappropriate understanding of the Islamic faith that makes their line of thinking incompatible with modern life.

(via living-in-technicolor)


A million expectations: LGBT Muslim interviews: Imam Daayiee Abdullah (from peoplesdistrict.com)


Imam Daayiee Abdullah on Pushing the Limits of Acceptance

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This week, People’s District will tell a series of stories from D.C.’s LGBT community in honor of Capital Pride. These stories were collected in collaboration with the Rainbow History…

(via 2queermamas)