We are moving!!

Bristol Queer Muslims are joining Hidayah.

What this means for Bristol based people

This means, people accessing this site will now have access to a bigger resource facility, be part of a bigger group that are blessed with a multitude of volunteers who have their own set of skills.

What about Bristol meet ups?

Hidayah are a national organisation who have contact points and meetings occurring nationally. Bristol meet ups will continue to happen, the meet ups will continue to be advertised on the Meet ups page for now, however it will eventually move to Hidayah marketing to be in line with other group meets.

Where do I go for support or to contact us?

We will be using info@hidayahlgbt.co.uk email contact, add in your subject that you are from Bristol or the surrounding areas and it will be forwarded to me. The JabeenGroup@gmail.com will still be monitored but please try and use the Hidayah contact details.

Hidayah are on Twitter, Facebook and have a great website which will include information for Bristol. The website address is http://www.hidayahlgbt.co.uk

This is an extremely exciting time for us to expand and work in collaboration with a larger, more established group, with the aim of helping support Queer Muslims everywhere!

LGBTIQ+, Intersectionality and Islam

Today I attended a conference in Birmingham organised by Hidayah, London Queer Muslims and Finding a Voice.

One of the key note speakers Martin Hasani of London Queer Muslims, opened his speech by asking the attendees to raise their hand in dua (prayer) and to repeat after him, a Surah Al-Fatiha which is a
prayer for the guidance, lordship and mercy of God. 

As I raised my hands and opened my heart, I recited the words of the first chapter of the Qu’ran, no sooner were the words coming out of my mouth that my eyes filled with tears and I couldn’t stop crying.

Tears of sadness, sadness brought on by the length of time that has passed since the words of the book has passed through my lips. Tears of joy, joy brought on by being surrounded by LGBTIQA+ identifying people and hearing an Islamic verse being recited by them.

The rest of the day passed in a haze of empowerment, seeing so much struggle in peoples experiences and how they have overcome that struggle to become the leaders of their own queer destiny. An opportunity to see so many brown people in one space, something I wish I had experienced when I was younger, and still trying to find others in the world who I could identify with.

So many words rung true to me, I learnt so much in such a short space of time, phrases, stories and experiences. Above all a level of acceptance and safe space was provided which was humbling and filled with positivism for the future.

I’ve come away from today feeling like so much has been achieved, yet so much is yet to be achieved. Never did I think having such an event in a public place would have existed, for that, I thank the organisers.

They all did a brilliant job of providing a safe space for people who are struggling with their identity and their faith and today, hopefully, will have provided them with the guidance that the two can co-exist and to keep fighting the fight. It is your human right to love who you want to and keep your love for Allah too.

LGBT Adoption and Fostering Open Evening Thursday 7th March

For LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, CCS Adoption, Adoption West and Action for Children are running an LGBT open evening to give you the opportunity to find out more about adoption and fostering and the children who need adoptive families and foster carers. Come and find out more about LGBT adoption and fostering, the local LGBT Adoption and fostering network and the children waiting for adoption and fostering.

Please arrive from 6pm. There will be a short presentation at 7pm with a Q&A session with experienced LGBT adopters and foster carers; you’ll get to hear about their experiences and find out more about the application process.

Staff from CCS Adoption, Action for Children and Adoption West teams will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. You’ll find out what the next steps are if you decide that adoption is right for you.

Everyone is welcome but it would be great if you were able to let us know if you plan to come by booking an Eventbrite ticket, or giving us a call on 0117 935 0005.

6 – 8pm, Thursdays 7th March at Watershed, (Waterside rooms 1&2), 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbt-adoption-open-evening-tickets-55401402085

Choices

I chose Gay, you chose Islam
I cried my heart out, while you remained calm
I chose self love, you chose me out
I tried to reason with you, but you stayed devout

I chose the light, you chose restrictions,
Your words and your book are full of contradictions
I chose a wife, you chose your pride
I’ll face the anger of the ones on your side

I chose to be true, I chose to be me,
I chose to no longer be shackled, be free
I chose to let go, the past, the confusion
That sexuality and religion is a delusion

The left holds one and the right holds the other
When all is done, you will still be my father and mother
My love holds no bounds, I wish yours didn’t either
I wish you didn’t make me choose, to see you or see her

I’ll hold out for the day that these choices no longer matter
That we can just be, and no hearts have to shatter
It won’t be about religion or who is my mate
I just hope it’s before it’s too late.

Queer and Muslim? Three films that explore LGBT Muslim experience | BFI

I am most definately going to try and watch one of these!

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/muslim-lgbt-gay-lesbian-films

Also, have you heard of Bollywood releasing a star studded film called “Ek ladki ko dekha to aise laga”

If you come across any other films/theatre/live productions you wish to share. Please get in touch via the “contact me” page.

Looking for contributors

Hello everyone!

I am looking for people to contribute to the website, you could share your story, share experiences, poems, what ever you feel would be fitting.

All content will be read and as long as it isn’t offensive or negative toward LGBTQI+ community, I shall publish it.

Please add comments or email me on JabeenGroup@gmail.com with your contribution.

Thank you!

BBC article

Hello everyone!

So you may have come upon this site via an article that was released by the BBC.

Whilst the content is based on my story, some of the details have been fabricated and exaggerated for the sake of the BBC trying to appeal to a wider audience.

I personally was uncomfortable with the way I and my story has been presented and have raised this with the BBC.

If anyone has anything they wish to ask me, please contact me via the contact page.