Queer Muslim Masterpost
This post pretty much came about because I was asked if I had resources for Muslims who were discovering or newly coming to terms with their sexuality. I didn’t, and the poor advice I had to offer was … poor. So, I pulled up a few of the blogs I followed that are targeted towards queer Muslims, and put together this little post for you!
Queer Muslim Blogs:
- ComingOutMuslim (check out their project here: [x])
- InQueeries channel with Yusef Woof (contact email@example.com)
- Salaam Canada
Queer Muslim 101:
- A quick gender/sexuality 101
- Defining homonationalism and pinkwashing.
- PDF:Homosexuality In Islam, by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle (Intro + 1st Chap) Buy your own copy!
- PDF:Muslim LGBT Inclusion Project, by Intersections International
- “I’m confused about my sexuality.”
- “I need proof from Qur’an and Sunnah that I’m not Haraam.”
- “What about the Qur’an and Hadith that chastise LGBT*Q Muslims?”
- Some hadiths can be read in different ways, so it’s best to look at the outcome.
- “Islam and LGBT* are not mutually exclusive.”
- “But I was taught Islam was the most heterosexist religion.” [tw: continuously moving background at the link]
- “But all Muslims are homophobic!” (spoiler alert: you’re wrong.)
- “But Muslims hate sex - it’s ~dirty~ to them!” (I would recommend this class for basic 101 on marriage and love [sex] in Islam. Take it with Basyouni.) (See also: x and x)
- “Love the sinner, hate the sin, and why that’s bullshit.”
- “Should I come out?” (spoiler alert: that’s up to you!)
- “Is there a place for LGBT*Q Muslims?” (Or “There’s no place for LGBT*Q Muslims/no organisations/no hope.”)
- “Will LGBT*Q Muslims go to hell?” (spoiler alert: I’m not God, how would I know?)
- “But it’s unnatural!” (lolk)
- “There aren’t any gay Imams or Sheikhs, so you’re just making things up!” (Also here.)
- “But no fatwa was made!” (It’s Wahabi.)
- A post about other Sheikhs’ opinions.
- “But there are no inclusive mosques for LGBT* Muslims!” (Just stop.)
- There is no place for homophobia in Islam.
- Let’s repeat that: There is no place for homophobia in Islam.
- Ayahs that talk about Prophet Lut.
- A closer reading of ayahs re: homosexuality (prev here but no longer).
- See also: You decide how you interpret your religion.
- Homosexuality in Sharia
- Homosexuality in Predominately Muslim Countries
- Predominately Muslim Countries who are taking steps toward equality. [x]
- Same-sex marriage
- Queer Muslim Cinema: Azizah, Illuminations, Coming Out Muslim, A Jihad For Love, I Exist, Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, Al-Nisa [BONUS: Show Al-Nisa and Red Summer (the producer) some love!], Out in the Dark (Palestinian and Israeli fall in love. facebook page).
- Queer Muslim Literature: [x] [x] [Gaylaxy magazine] [Bareed Mista3jil] [Totally Radical Muslims Zine]
- Desi LGBT*Q Hotline
- Queer Pakistan LGBT*Q Voice and Support Group [and here is a news article]
A good thing to remember is to avoid the self-hatred phase, if you can. Focus on loving yourself, and realising that Allah made you just the way you are, and that you are loved. If this phase is unavoidable, here are some helpful sites:
- Help! I’m losing my Islam
- Feeling suicidal?
- Suicide prevention
- Supporting someone who self-harms
- Suicide and Crisis Hotlines
- Online Crisis Network (for those with anxiety which prevents them from talking on the phone)
If you are from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or India and want to share your experiences (anonymously), please click here.
If you can spare some funds, help navigatethestream, a queer Muslim, become an Imam to help the Muslim LGBT* community!
Amazon’s Prime Air: War on Terror at our front steps
Amazon has recently debuted the future of the company’s shipping, by employing drone technology to deliver Amazon products to it’s customers. The drone technology that powers this futuristic shipping is derivative of the America’s most symbolic imperialistic weapon, the drone. Weapons from the war on terror will soon land directly on our front steps, and though these drones will leave behind kindles instead of bombs, they are still intimately tied to the drone’s legacy of killing innocent civilians and children.
The modern day US drone has extended the reach of US assassins, allowing the American military to intervene and terrorize populations in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This weapon technology has revolutionized the relationship between soldier and enemy from the once hunter-prey trope to one of complete estrangement. The American soldier, or hunter, during the early days of the War of Terror, coped with the realities of war by reimagining Arab and Muslim enemies into subhuman animals, whose bodies served as trophy game, and made into souvenirs (e.g. the pictures that arose from Abu Ghraib). Today, technology has transformed the subjectivities and consciousness of the American soldier by completely detaching the soldier from the killed. This cyborgian process relieves the American soldier from feelings of guilt and trauma, and by extension, functions to further separate the American public from the realities of war. This two-fold consequence further serves to reproduce an American population that is complicit to and feels “unaccountable” for the actions of the American war machine.
Amazon’s recent decision to employ drones and the positive reception they have received from American consumers further demonstrates the complacency of our citizens, and distracts us from the horrors that similar technologies deliver abroad. It should be no shock that Amazon decided to appropriate war technology to increase sales. Of course, capitalism and consumerism have always been beating the drums of war. Ultimately, the final frontier of colonizing and terrorizing foreign populations is to experiment and profit from their destruction. In fact, this is not the first time that America has imported its own war technology or experiments from war zones. Much of prison technology and interrogation tactics were first experimented during times of war, while subjugating citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan to inhuman conditions and torture.
And so, while many Americans have reacted to Amazon Prime Air with either feelings of excitement, curiosity or simply the comment, “that’s so crazy!”, what is missing from our conversations is contextualizing all of this in the War on Terror and the violence that we are thereby materially supporting. To my knowledge, academics have thus far been silent in calling into question the ethics of this technology, and denouncing the current marketing of war machines as fun novelties.
Amazon’s Prime Air is a human rights issue, an anti-war issue, related to the prison-industrial-complex, a queer issue and certainly an ethical infraction by Amazon.
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