Any of our followers who are interested, please contact patmaabimajnuwn :)
For the past few months my husband and I have been going over an idea we came up with for an amazing project called Forgotten Ummah. The project consists of several different aspects and if it really gets off the ground I know it will be a great program that will help many people. The project aims to highlight members of the Ummah (community) that are overlooked or treated poorly. This includes people who have disabilities, lgbtq* identifying people, people who have faced racism..etc but that’s not all, it also aims to bring us ALL together (Muslim and Non-Muslim alike) to dispel negative stereotypes forced on Muslims. In this post 9/11 world we have been shown as terrorists, hateful, ignorant, backwards, and oppressed but the truth of the matter is that no stereotype fits every member of any group and through this project we hope to show just how diverse the Muslim community is.
Part 1 - The first part of the project is a Youtube channel we want to set up which will display videos sent in from around the world from Muslims showing or telling a part of their day to day life as a member of the “forgotten Ummah” or showing/telling a part of their day to day life that goes against the mainstream idea of what a Muslim is or does. We want you guys to be creative and we want you guys to challenge the minds of those that have their heart set on fitting us into a small, ignorant box. We always will be displaying videos sent in from Non-Muslims that have Muslim family members, friends or coworkers and want to share their stories of how the Muslim person in their life has impacted them and their view of Islam.
Part 2 - The second part of the project is moving it from the virtual world into the real world. We want to have seminars, educational programs, large events, and even parties. It will be a lot of work and we’ll need a lot of people to help us out but it is completely possible and we’ve even been looking into places to hold them at. Maybe an annual huge event that will focus on acceptance, love, and the importance of unity and respect within the community. We want this to be an ONGOING MOVEMENT not just a momentary fad.
Part 3 - The last part of the project is YOU. We need you all to really be behind us 100% in making this project happen. Message us here on Tumblr (samiracortez.tumblr.com/ask or thesmallestactofkindness.tumblr.com/ask) or email us (email@example.com) if you want to be a part of this project.
We are looking for people to spread the word, we are looking for people to help us get all the different pieces together, we are looking for people to help plan events and we are of course, looking for people to help sponsor the project although the majority of any costs will be coming out of our own pockets because we really want to see something that means so much to us grow with our help and help from you. Please, please take the time to reblog this :)
Edit- I forgot to add that we will be making donations of half of anything we earn to people in need so when this picks up if there’s ever a time when you need money for groceries, rent, clothes..anything inshallah we will be able to help you with that. I’ve seen so many people that are turned down by masjids or even government aide and we want to be there for you all in those situations.
Where y’all at?!
My name is Gabe and I am a recent revert to Islam, alhamdulillah! I don’t know any Muslims here in NYC and being queer, I don’t feel comfortable building a community at a local masjid just yet.
I am sure there are plenty others out there who want a comfortable safe space to praise Allah and be amongst friends so please please please contact me!
Worshiping alone is great but I still feel like it is necessary to have a sense of community for ourselves. Even if it’s not for prayer, just to have some queer Muslim friends to hang out with and feel a little more comfortable to be yourself around. Even if you are not in NY but would like a safe space to talk about things, please don’t hesitate to contact me. So, yes, let’s make this happen!
Hope to hear from you soon.
Signal boosting for any LGBTQ* Muslims in New York :)
Best wishes from the team at IANH, Gabe!
Please remember this, my fellow Rainbow Muslims!
Please remember this.
Salaams, good people.
Today, Alhamdulillah, I went to Jumu’ah. It was in my heart. I had a day off to take one of the kids in for a checkup and we finished early. So. I went to jumu’ah.
The masjid was about 10 mins away from my house if you remove the time it took getting lost.. about 5 mins. I’d been to this masjid once before and today, I went again. This time I was alone…until I got out of my car. Then I navigated to the overflow parking lot and walked over to the masjid which was full. The sister’s entrance is simply a door next to the brother’s entrance and while the sisters’ area was behind the brothers’, there was only a partial screen between the two.
I appreciated that.
I also appreciate the fact that Allah put it in my heart to go to the Masjid today. In spite of the fears and doubts running through my mind, I went. I prayed. I gave salaams and I left.
Like I did the countless times before when I would travel to the masjid; before when I was in the proverbial closet. And it got me to thinking. Other people, nonqueer I mean. Nonqueer people don’t have to step into the masjid and announce their presence to alert the rest of the attendees. They don’t have to justify their presence either. They don’t have to bring dalil (proof) or fatwa (ruling) or be prepared to argue someone down. So since they don’t. I won’t.
I love who I love and the physical form of the person I love does not negate my love for Allah. Quite the contrary acutally. Because I feel sooooooooo blessed to be where I am. I feel sooooooooooo honored that Allah would still do things like..get me up for salaat and keep Islam in my heart and bring others into my life who love differently (including self love manifesting in the form of gender expression) and who love God and who believe there is only one God and that Muhammad ibn Abdullah was a Divine messenger (peace be upon him).
Alhamdulillah for that.
And so when I prayed zhuhr in congregation, I thought about all of the rainbow Muslims out there who feel left out and shut out or afraid. And I pray Allah surround you with love and reminders of Divine Mercy and Peace. I pray Allah protects you and keeps your heart ever turned towards the Sirat. I pray that you are able to console yourselves with Allah’s words, with du’a, and with the knowledge that Allah created you and your relationship with Allah is for you and Allah alone. Anyone who says otherwise can fall back.
Anyways, beloved peoples, when you pray, however you pray, tell Allah I said, ‘wassup?’
Last night, me and one of my fellow Muslim lezzies talked about how alone we’ve felt being raised Sunni Muslim. Me in the Black American community and her in the Somali community. We had a chance to reflect on the story of Yunus/Jonah and the whale.
Remember? Allah told him to talk to his people and he opted to catch the first boat outta town. He didn’t want to be the deliverer. He didn’t want to be ridiculed or shunned or harmed trying to get his people to ‘do right.’
And what happened? He got tossed off the boat only to be swallowed by a giant fish and regurgitated back on the very shore he left. He had a job to do and that was that.
He didn’t feel he was up to the task but Allah did. Each of us is put here for a reason. Each of us has a purpose that Allah designed us for. And I’m, in no way claiming prophethood or anything like that so relax. What I am claiming is as Muslims, our lives are valuable and full of purpose. Even if we think our LGBTQ* identity negates this. Even if we are told that we are the worst of the worst by people who once supported us and claimed to love us.
We are valuable and we have a purpose. We have a job to do. And we are encouraged to be charitable and enter wholly into Islam. We are encouraged to do these things directly by Allah SWT. So let’s do them. Let’s continue to encourage each other to pray and fast and make du’a for one another. Let’s continue to give and uplift and call on Allah because in the end, Allah is all we have.
In the meantime, let’s remember Allah in the work we have to do.