Voice of Hidayah


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!

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…

Annual Report 2020

adminFebruary 2, 20211 min read

Report by Shelina, current chair of Hidayah, and the Hidayah management committee FINAL_-Annual-Report-2020Download

2020 – Istame’a Podcast

adminJanuary 1, 20212 min read

2020 brought many challenges to Hidayah, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were severly limited in our capability to hold in-person events as we usually do. We were still able to share the stories from our community and stay connected through the Istame’a podcast. In our…

Letter to a Muslim Sibling

adminMay 4, 20206 min read

Hello, this is a letter for You. I believe you should keep this to yourself and think about it in your own time. Forgive me for sending this through like this. You don’t know me, but I write to you in peace and from my heart, because this…

Trans during COVID-19 in Pakistan

adminMay 4, 20202 min read

During Covid-19 Pandemic, where the situation around the world is crucial, the situation in our country is getting more acute and more detrimental. Here, people are facing isolation for a few days, but there is a population in this country that has always lived in isolation being marginalized…

Annual Report 2019

adminFebruary 22, 20201 min read

Report by Drew Dalton, former chair for Hidayah, and the Hidayah Management Committee Annual-Report-2019Download


adminJanuary 18, 20206 min read

My name is Md Nadim Uddin, 30 years old. I was born in Muslim family. Back home, I was a closeted GAY man, I was unable to speak to anyone about my sexuality, I cried many nights on my own because I had no one to speak to…

2019 – Supporting Minority Muslims

adminDecember 31, 20193 min read

In 2018/2019, BMSDemocracy and Hidayah partnered up for the pilot of the supporting minority Muslims campaign, which seeks to work with LGBTQI+ Muslims, Black Muslims, and minority sect Muslims such as Ahmadiyyah Muslims. To amplify the voices of minority Muslims, Hidayah and BMSDemocracy wanted to build understanding through…