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!

My Unexpected Friend

adminDecember 5, 20191 min read

My unexpected friend, you encountered me on my voyage to Motherhood, as I sat in solitude, meditating in the silence of the night. You came like the desert wind upon my life, made up of many colours of storm. You stood in front of me with confidence and…

Why can I not sleep the whole night?

adminNovember 3, 20193 min read

“Why can I not sleep the whole night? God, I must get to work, I feel so hollow, I feel like just being miserable in bed for the rest of the day, Let’s contemplate a sickness.” These were the thoughts running in my head one Tuesday morning after…

Three years on

adminSeptember 23, 20195 min read

Almost three years ago I wrote an opinion piece about being bisexual and Muslim. Looking back now much has changed for the better. It surprised me by how much, something I didn’t realise until I re-read the article just a few months ago. Day to day the changes…

I just sit here looking

adminSeptember 13, 20195 min read

There was a constant hustle and bustle of the visitors coming in and out celebrating an auspicious day in our calendar. After all, this is what it’s all about; meeting each other on the basis of love and acceptance for each other. I can’t help but sit here…

Where are you all?

adminAugust 20, 20192 min read

Where are you all? Sitting cross legged alone in my room Enveloped in the dark silence of the night Mind racing from one half- formed thought to another violently up- rooting the serenity of logical cognition Speculating who else could be like me Who else is trapped, shackled…

Is blood thicker than water?

adminJuly 13, 20195 min read

This is the conversation I had with a good friend of mine today. As people of LGBT+, many of us have spent an incredible amount of energy, time and sacrifice in trying to keep our families happy. In fact, we have made ourselves unfairly expendable in the grand…

Consensus (Ijma’a) is Not Set in Stone, Nor is it Absolute and Final

adminJune 8, 20199 min read

One of the arguments that is often said against the case of the acceptance of homosexuality is this: that there is a consensus (ijma’a) on the issue on the prohibition of homosexuality and that no normative scholar has ever said it was permissible. And therefore there is no…

If Islam can accommodate for same sex sexual unions, then why does it only mention the union (cont.)

adminMay 9, 20193 min read

A: When the Quran speaking about marriage, it only mentions a heterosexual couple. That makes sense because heterosexual people make up more than 95% of the human race. It’s a pertinent issue that will organise the family unit and thus organise society in a way. And also it…

And do you approach men with lust instead of women!? Part II

adminMay 9, 20193 min read

Me: Salaam Mohammed! So just a quick question. I’m trying to make sense of this use of words in the context of Lut. So rijaal = traveller, worker. And nisaa = those who are native to the town, spending their time at home? Mohammed: There has been verses…

And do you approach men with lust instead of women!? Part I

adminMay 9, 20198 min read

One week after having come back from the LGBT+ Islam and intersectionality conference. I met a young Arab man who grew up in the Middle East. Being the eager young, lesbian woman who also used to partake in Islamic activism in university, who holds Islam in a high…