Establishing a place of worship for the promotion and practice of inclusive mosque space

Est. 2012

About

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is an intersectional feminist mosque dedicated to creating inclusive, safer places of worship and spiritual practice for marginalised communities and families, especially non-traditional families. We are committed to reviving a rights-based Islam that challenges all forms of oppression.

Our Core Values

Intersectionality
We aim to have a critical awareness of the dynamics of power and privilege, and recognise that systems of oppression are interconnected. We work against racism (including anti-Blackness, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism), homophobia, transphobia and gender-based discrimination, poverty, ableism, and environmental damage.

 

Solidarity
We express solidarity with marginalised people including immigrant, refugee, disabled, working class and poor, Black and brown people as well as anyone affected by poverty. We are critical of the State violence enacted on these communities through excessive surveillance, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, national borders, poverty, and the Prevent duty, to name a few. We do not accept government funding.

 

Accountability
We are committed to learning from each other and welcoming differences of opinions and practice. We ask our community to hold us accountable to ensure we uphold these values.

Visiting the Inclusive Mosque

At the moment we do not have a building you can visit. Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have moved all our events online. Before the pandemic, we would rent out different wheelchair-accessible spaces, mostly in London, to hold our events. We are working towards owning or renting a permanent space. You can donate to Inclusive Mosque to help us achieve this.

 

Consultancy

Inclusive Mosque Initiative offers consultancy and trainings to individuals and organisations on Islam, Feminism, inclusion of Black and brown people and LGBT+ communities. This is a bespoke consultancy service to meet the needs of clients from our pool of experts. Please contact us for further details by sending us an email with your contact details and summary of your request: admin@wp-updates.netuxosandbox.co.uk

Islamic Marriage Ceremonies

Imams at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative are available to conduct Islamic Marriage Ceremonies for couples over the age of 18 including same-sex, genderqueer and interfaith couples. We require that all couples confirm in writing that they understand our marriage ceremonies are not recognised by law. We recommend that all couples who choose to affirm their relationship through an Islamic Marriage Ceremony also have a civil ceremony that is legally binding and conducted by a registrar. For more information, please email admin@wp-updates.netuxosandbox.co.uk

Our Team

Naima Khan (she/her)

Director

Naima has been Director of Inclusive Mosque Initiative since August 2020. She oversees the implementation of IMI's strategy to bring radically inclusive intersectional feminist practice to Muslim social justice work. She has a background in the philanthropy sector and communications roles in the third sector. She is a regular contributor to radio shows on topics including feminism, religion and the arts. Naima was Programme Manager of the first MFest UK in 2018.

Halima Gosai Hussain (she/they)

Chair of Trustees

Halima Gosai Hussain is Chair of Trustees at IMI and a recent TEDx UCLWomen speaker. Her interest in feminist Quranic exegesis forces her to continually unlearn/relearn her Islam and question her relationship with those around here and especially those in power. Halima birthed Lyla Audre during the UK's first stay-at-home order in 2020, and is coming to terms with what being a 'parent in patriarchy' demands. Hipster turmeric lattes annoy her. She tweets @halimagosh.

Wasi Daniju (she/her)

Trustee

Wasi is a qualified person-centred therapist working for a small migrant charity, and a freelance documentary and theatre photographer; in both roles she seeks to bear witness and amplify lesser told stories. Wasi is interested in social and ecological justice, regularly engages in community organising, and spends far too much on Twitter.

Latifa Akay (she/her)

Trustee

Latifa has been part of the IMI community since 2015 and has been a trustee since 2016. She has a background in social justice work at a grassroots, policy and academic level, with a particular focus on racial and gender justice. Latifa works as Director of Education at the London based charity Maslaha. She has an academic background in law and studied Islamic law and Islamic feminist scholarship in an LLM in Human Rights at SOAS. Latifa has done a range of work around the intersection of gender, sexuality, race/ism and Islam. She is a regular media commentator and formerly worked as a journalist in Istanbul.

Sabah Choudrey (they/them)

Trustee

Sabah has been working with LGBTQ youth for over six years and currently training to be a psychotherapist. They are a public speaker and writer on all things trans, brown and hairy, interested in the fluidity of sexuality, gender and faith and reclaiming Islam.

Dervla Zaynab Shannahan, Ph.D (she/her)

Co-founder and Advisor

Dervla now acts as an advisor to IMI. Dervla is an academic who has published on a range of subjects including queer sexualities in Muslim communities, hip-hop in Tunisia, ziyarat practices in Iraq, gendered practices in UK mosques and inclusivity in ritual spaces. She is a practising psychotherapist and full-time parent.

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