Why LGBT+ Muslims should reclaim ‘haraam’ and denounce Islamic supremacy once and for all
The term ‘haraam’ has now become
a tool for cishet Muslims to justify their oppression towards their LGBT+
counterparts and invalidate the identity of such Muslims who do not conform to
the traditional sense of Islam. Traditional Islam is best described as the
patriarchal interpretation of the Qur’anic texts and of the teachings of the
Prophet Muhammad SAW. However, the concept of upholding a ‘traditional’ Islam
collapses on itself when one acknowledges that our very existence in today’s
society contradicts said traditionalism. We are no longer the Muslims who
observed 5th century Arab culture as an integral part of Islam and
neither do we share their mind set, simply because we no longer live in such an
Islam has since spread across the
globe and progressed some 1400 years ahead of its revelation, causing a natural
discourse to how Islam is practised in many countries and households. This by
no means suggests that there are no true followers of Islam, but rather that
Islam is relevant to all people regardless of time and takes into account the
variety of cultural practices over the ages. This best represents the nature of
Islam, which God decreed was inherent in all his creation: past, present and future
(and in both Muslims and non-Muslims). Islam is an inclusive religion which
acknowledges and accepts all groups of people within society.
In Islam, the acts of a human
being are divided into 5 distinguishable permissions: that which is obligatory
(fard), that which is recommended (sunnah), that which is permissible (mubah),
that which is hated (makrooh) and lastly, the focus of this topic, that which is
prohibited (haraam). The word ‘haraam’ is used in Islamic texts as a term of
classifying prohibited deeds. However, not once in the Qur’an, a text which
Muslims believe to be the absolute word of God, are a specific group of people
ever referred to as ‘haraam’, and yet cishet Muslims have decided to adopt
this term when referring to their LGBT+ counterparts in order to project a sexual and gender superiority. Muslim supremacists have perverted this
term in an attempt to create a black and white rhetoric, where one can easily
distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Muslims. Those who are deemed un-Islamic,
in this case the LGBT+ community, are denounced for their sexual and gender
preferences and often referred to as ‘haraam’ beings, a term which seeks to
nullify their claim as a Muslim. However, this rhetoric contradicts the Islamic
belief that all humans are inherently Muslim in nature, and suggests that LGBT+
Muslims are excluded from the benevolence of Allah.
Taking this into consideration,
the prejudicial notion we hold within the Muslim community that certain actions
dictate who can or cannot be considered a Muslim is in fact regressive to the very
core of Islam. As mentioned above, Islam is an inclusive religion which seeks
to empower marginalised groups from their oppression, not reiterate it. The
term ‘haraam’ has been used by Muslim supremacists to imbed a culture of
associating LGBT+ Muslims as disbelievers and has led to a harmful dissociation
from society. This culture degrades the status of a LBGT+ Muslim to that of a
‘kafir’, another abused term which seeks to dehumanise non-Muslims, and gives
Muslim supremacists justification for the crimes committed towards LGBT+ Muslims.
Calling someone ‘haraam’ can be
literally translated as someone who is prohibited, which encourages the harmful
notion that their very existence as a human being is invalid. At the same time,
by declaring a creation of Allah as prohibited, this suggests that Allah created
a mistake – an implication which stretches into the boundaries of blasphemy.
This serves to highlight the
dangers of associating a negative term with a marginalised group, and how the concept
of a ‘haraam person’ even goes against the very nature of Allah. Muslims need
to correct their attitude towards members of the Muslim LGBT+ community and
understand that their actions and words have detrimental consequences, such as
the normalisation of a harmful and oppressive culture that preys upon marginalised
groups. These Muslims must break free from the intolerance deeply rooted within
their traditional and supremacist culture in order to empower marginalised
Muslims by preventing the injustices done towards the Muslim LGBT+ community and dispelling the negative connotations associated with them.
Hey everybody, I hope this
post finds you well J !
It’s that time of year
again, Ramadan is coming! An exciting and spiritual time for all of us,
definitely, but it can also be a very isolating and detaching time for LGBT
Based on my humble
experience, LGBTQ Muslims generally feel segregated on daily basis, but during Ramadan,
it somehow gets worse.
A lot of people feel
isolated due to (often vocal) homophobia from family & community (with
Ramadan being a very communal holiday where most people spend a lot of time
worshipping with others), that is highlighted especially if they’re still in
the closet and\or wrestling with an identity they’re not 100% comfortable being
open about with the people they’re around. For many LGBT Muslims, Imaan can be
pretty shaky at times, due to feeling constantly tested or unworthy of God, etc.
I also believe that many Muslims tend to generally be -ironically- more judgmental
during this holy month, as they become “closer” to god.
But Regardless of the
reasoning and analysis behind it, the outcome is always the same, feeling out
of place, resented, and unwanted by those who are closest to our hearts.
Many of you remember the We
Are Not Haram tag that @a-view-so-cruel started last year right
before Ramadan, a lot of people found that to be incredibly helpful as it
brought many people sharing the same experience together. Good news! We decided
to do that again.
Of course, I’m hoping this
year it will be bigger as we are seeing more and more queer Muslims opening up
and interacting with us. This community keeps growing and we love it!
Here are the general
Photos optional (only if the person
wants): last year the tag made it to a
news site, with pics of users included, so that should be noted for safety
issues if the poster isn’t out yet.
We would LOVE some personal stories
(about coming out, or realizing who they are, etc.
If the poster is comfortable talking
about their personal struggles with sexuality/gender & religion/culture,
etc, that would be very welcome and extremely helpful to the cause! – Remember,
you can remain Anon
If they’re not comfortable getting
too personal, just a short introduction is still fine, of course
Allies are really more than welcome
to express their support. PS: You’re
only an ally if you support and accept this. You’re NOT an ally if you
Poster should note clearly if they
don’t want their post reblogged.
Articles about influential lgbt
Muslims & lgbt Muslim news (preferably positive as I think this should
strive to be as uplifting as possible, we don’t need reminders that we’re hated
posts marked “don’t reblog”
anyone without their permission
anyone or make a post about/for your lgbt Muslim friend without their
you all and may god guide us to his light during this holy month and throughout
our lives. May Allah help us read his holy Quraan throughout the month, Help us
do our prayers and find our wisdom by fasting to his name. May we all find
ourselves. Ramadan Kareem !
As you travel your respective journeys back to Allah, The Most Merciful, please be mindful of the struggles of your fellow Muslims. So as we strive to attain the pleasure of Allah, Ta'Ala, we are encouraged to remember that our fellow Muslims should be safe from harm caused by our words and deeds. This encouragement comes from the Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, himself in solid, agreed upon ahadith.