Our Islam & LGBTQI Tour (Manchester workshop)
This autumn we're bringing positive answers to those tough questions on Islam and sexuality to London, Birmingham and Manchester. If you're tired of being asked how you can "justify" being Muslim and queer, or facing family and friends who struggle to accept you the way you are, this might be the afternoon for you.
At our workshops in three UK cities, a great ally to the LGBTQI community, Sheikh Michael Mumisa, author of a number of studies including Islamic law, exegesis (tafsir) and hadith literature, will draw upon classical and traditional Islamic intellectual sources to demonstrate that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and that there is a lot we can learn from Islam’s past in addressing today’s challenges and problems. Come along and share your experiences, learn about traditional thinking and theology, and gain theological skills and tools to communicate with your loved ones more effectively. You'll have opportunities to voice your thoughts and concerns throughout, and ask the Sheikh any burning questions you may have in an inclusive safe space. The workshops are open to Muslims who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex. Apart from Sheikh Michael Mumisa, the other facilitators will all be queer identified Muslims.
There will be breaks, refreshments, lunch (halal and vegetarian options), and the opportunity to pray. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an induction hearing aid loop system. The cost of running these workshops are heavily subsidised to make Islamic knowledge and skills as accessible as possible. However, spaces are limited and will book up fast so register for you nearest city today!
At the Inclusive Mosque Initiative we believe in creating safe spaces where every Muslim, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, or theological affiliation can participate with others, in learning, discussing and looking for solutions to some of the challenges facing our communities, fostering unity, not divisions.
The Islam & LGBTQI Tour is a collaboration between Inclusive Mosque Initiative, The Safra Project, and Muslim Women’s Network UK. Reflecting the shared ethos of each of our organisations, this tour proves the need to ally and support each other, and affirms all our ongoing work; to promote everyone’s voices equally, especially valuing the needs of the most marginalised within the ummah.