Imam Daayiee Abdullah ’95, also known as Sidney Thompson, opened a new, more inclusive mosque in February called the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C. The mosque, which provides weekly prayer services for LGBT Muslims and others, is hosting a community forum in Washington, D.C. on October 24, 2011 that will discuss LGBT-related issues pertaining to the Islamic faith.
The forum is being sponsored by Muslims for Progressive Values USA, a group that formed in Los Angeles in 2000 to promote tolerance within the Islamic faith for LGBT people. The forum will take place October 24, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Human Rights Campaign building at 17th and Rhode Island Ave., N.W. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) will be among the speakers at the event. Money raised through the event will go to the MPV’s Literary Zikr, a program that adapts modern-day, progressive Islamic scholars’ writing into simple middle school English, making it available to everyone in an effort to counter radical Islamic theology commonly found on the Internet.
Imam Daaiyee Abdullah is the co-chapter leader of the Muslims for Progressive Values, DC Chapter. In November 2011 Abdullah will become the Director of the Muslims for Progressive Value’s national LGBT Outreach Division. Abdullah is also a scholar, a former public interest lawyer, and a specialist in Shari’ah Sciences/Quranic Interpretation. He frequently lectures internationally on progressive Muslim concepts, interfaith networking and the development of inclusive revisions of Islamic theological thought and interpretations of shari’ah. He has also been involved in actively promoting understanding and awareness of issues of racial, sexual and gender equality both within and beyond Muslim communities.