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Imam Daayiee Abdullah ’95 Welcomes Gay Muslims to Worship, Marry

Thursday, April 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Imam Daayiee Abdullah ’95, who runs a more inclusive mosque in Washington, D.C. called Light of Reform Mosque, was featured in The Washington Post's Style section.

"I think we’re at the start of a movement: a more inclusive Islam in America,” says Abdullah, who runs Washington’s Light of Reform mosque and is thought to be the only publicly gay Muslim leader in the Western Hemisphere.

"So if you have any same-sex marriages,” he says with a soft smile and a shrug, "I’m available.”

Abdullah, an African American convert to Islam who is part of a national network of progressive Muslims, is the keeper of their secrets. He quietly helps gay Muslim couples get married, counseling them beforehand and keeping the ceremonies low-profile.

"He’s like the Harvey Milk of gay Muslim leaders in America,” says Abdelilah Bouasria, an American University adjunct professor of Arab sociology, who recently developed a syllabus for a proposed class called "Forbidden Middle East.” "It’s important Americans know that there are many progressive Muslims.”

Faisal Alam, a Muslim activist formerly based in D.C. and now on the steering committee of the recently formed Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, said Abdullah has been "immensely helpful for individuals who are trying to reconcile our sexuality with our faith.”

Read the full article in The Washington Post, "Imam Daayiee Abdullah welcomes gay Muslims to worship, marry"


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