Voice of Hidayah

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This blog is the one and only place where the Hidayah community have come together to openly talk about their experience as LGBT+ Muslims, so please take some time to have a read and if you want to submit your own post to the Voice of Hidayah, get in touch!

Life in the UK as an LGBTQI+ Muslim

adminSeptember 12, 20211 min read

Hidayah UK is excited to release our long awaited survey entitled “Life in the UK as an LGBTI+ Muslim” Our Research team investigates what trends are common within the LGBTQI+ Muslim community, the ethnic breakdown and shared experiences of the community. Life in the UK as a LGBTQI+…

Lucy’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20212 min read

My name is Lucy and I am a Muslim female identifying as lesbian. I grew up with an Atheist father and Christian mother and was a practising Christian myself during my early adult life. I’ve always had a strong faith in God. I realised I was attracted to…

Ferhan’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20216 min read

Ferhan is a Muslim and identifies as a queer genderfluid male. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland to an Afghan father and Punjabi mother. We lived in a suburb which had a sizeable Muslim minority. I was raised in a conservative Muslim community and was fully committed to…

Alaya’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20213 min read

Alaya is a Muslim and identifies as a gay cisgender woman. I’m a 28 year old with a Bangladeshi background. I grew up in a strict Muslim household in Bradford. We’d pray most of our salah together as a family, including the dreaded (now, beloved) Fajr prayer. Looking…

Umber’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20213 min read

Umber is a Muslim and identifies as queer and agender. I’m 25, born and raised in London to Pakistani parents. My mother raised me and my brother alone in West London. I went to a few private schools which my dad paid for but at home with my…

Choi’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20216 min read

Choi is a Muslim and identifies as bisexual and female. I’m a middle class Far East Asian Londoner who grew up in a homophobic part of London. I also lived in a Muslim country where there was an unofficial L, G & T scene. Note the missing B…

Hasan’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20214 min read

Hasan is a Muslim and identifies as gay and cis-gender (normative) I live, and was born, in Rochdale. Being 18, which is young to many people, I am still growing up gay and Muslim. Although it has not been easy, it has perhaps been one of the most…

Ejel’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20212 min read

Ejel identifies as a gay Muslim (non-practising). He regards himself as culturally Muslim. I was born in Luton to Bangladeshi parents and I had a working class upbringing in a conservative Muslim town. There was a lot of homophobia. Luton is the headquarters of now proscribed Islamist group…

Hasan’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20213 min read

Hasan is a Muslim and Hasan identifies as non-normative in terms of sexuality, intersex by biology and male by gender. I live in London and I grew up in Birmingham. My background is Balkan Muslim and I was born intersex male and raised as male. Reconciling being LGBT+…

Shelina’s Story

adminFebruary 24, 20212 min read

Shelina is a Muslim and she identifies as a lesbian woman. I was born and brought up in East London, the hub of the Bengali community. I realised I was a lesbian during secondary school, however, had to push it to the back of my mind as back…