Quick Islam 101:


The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, in 570 A.D. He was born in the Qurayesh tribe, and later after his parents died was close to his uncle. He became skilled in trade, and married Khadija, his first wife. 


One day in 610 A.D. while Muhammad was meditating in a cave, the angel Gabriel appeared before him and ordered him to recite the words of Allah.Thereafter in 613 A.D. Muhammad preached the oneness of Allah, and rejected idolatry during the pre-Islamic era. 


The Prophet Muhammad traveled from Mecca to Medina with his supporters in 622, and this journey became known as the Hijra. The Hijra is an important milestone in Islamic history because it also marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. 


The Prophet Muhammad and his followers went through numerous battles (Battle of Badr, Battle of Uhud, and Battle of the Trench) till he and his followers were able to successfully live without persecution. 


Islam also focuses on the character of the individual, emphasizing:


The five main pillars of Islam are listed below: 



The resources below relate to those who are spiritually aligned with Islam and have questions relating to sexuality and LGBTQ+ in Islam. 


Want to learn more? Click here for a more in depth introduction and resources on the history of Islam:

Islam Resources


    CALEM is an informal confederation of LGBT, Euro-African or Muslim organizations, that works* for human rights and toward sexual and gender diversity within Islam, defending the most vulnerable individuals amongst us. CALEM is a secular and non political organization, free from any political party, financial sponsor, from any kind of ideology and not submited to any kind of absolute religious authority. Our aim is to sustain vulnerable individuals in their empowerment and liberation process - especially women, HIV positive individuals, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals or Transgenders individuals that are Muslims or come from a Muslim background.
    Spatial CoverageMiddle East
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • Hidayah

    Hidayah (means guidance in Arabic) is a registered charity and we are entirely volunteer-led. Hidayah is a secular organisation, however, its projects and activities are developed specifically for the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims. Our vision is to ensure our voices are heard and understood. Our mission is to provide support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about our community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice. We are a mix of practising and non-practising Muslims. As an inclusive charity, we do not exclude anyone, and warmly welcome friends, families, and allies to all of our events. ​
  • Bedayaa

    Who we are Bedayaa Organization works to promote sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics' rights in the Nile Valley area (Egypt & Sudan); established on July 14, 2010. Our vision A society, which is free of stigmatization and discrimination, that respects the rights of individuals with different gender identities and sexual orientations in Egypt and Sudan Our mission Create spheres for LGBTIQ+ community members in the Nile Valley area (Egypt & Sudan) where they can communicate, exchange experiences, and access legal and health services. Our values No discrimination Respect human rights Equity Integrity Accountability Objectives Facilitating access to health services for LGBTIQ+ persons. Enable protection and legal aid services for LGBTIQ+ persons. Building capacity of the LGBTIQ+ community members and activists. Advocating to challenge/abolish the discriminative laws based on SOGIESC. Raising awareness on SOGIESC rights issues through campaigning and lobbying. من نحن تعمل منظمة بداية على حقوق الأفراد ذوي التوجهات الجنسية والهويات والتعبيرات الجندرية والخصائص الجنسية المختلفة في منطقة وادي النيل (مصر والسودان)، تأسست في 14 يوليو 2010 رؤيتنا مجتمع خالٍ من الوصم والتمييز ويحترم حقوق الأفراد مهمتنا خلق مساحة لأفراد مجتمع الميم.ع في منطقة وادي النيل مصر والسودان حيث يمكنهم/ن التواصل وتبادل الخبرات والوصول للخدمات القانونية والصحية قيمنا عدم التمييز احترام حقوق الانسان العدل النزاهة المحاسبة الأهداف تسهيل الوصول إلى الخدمات الصحية لمجتمع الميم.ع تفعيل خدمات الحماية والمساعدة القانونية لمجتمع الميم.ع بناء قدرات أعضاء ونشطاء/ات مجتمع الميم.ع. المناصرة من أجل تعطيل وإلغاء القوانين التمييزية ضد الافراد ذوي الهويات الجندرية والتوجهات الجنسية المختلفة رفع مستوى الوعي بقضايا حقوق مجتمع الميم.ع من خلال الحملات الإعلامية والضغط والمناصرة.
    Spatial CoverageMiddle East
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • Muslims For Progressive Values

    MPV endorses the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals. We affirm our commitment to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and we support full equality and inclusion of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, in society and in the Muslim community.
    Spatial CoverageWorldwide
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • Islamic Sexology

    Popular stereotypes of Islam as a prudish religion ignore rich traditions of freewheeling, explicit erotica, and advice.
  • A Muslim Non-Heteronormative Reading of the Story of Lot: Liberation Theology for LGBTIQ Muslims?

    What is the position of Islam on homosexuality? A quick search through Muslim sources renders the answer that homosexuality is overwhelmingly considered haram or forbidden. For example, a classic 14th century manual of Islamic jurisprudence, Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri’s “Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) states that: In more than one place in the Holy Koran, Allah recounts to us the story of Lot’s people, and how He destroyed them for their wicked practice. There is consensus among both Muslims and the followers of all other religions that sodomy is an enormity. It is even viler and uglier than adultery (664).
  • Queering the Map

    Queering the Map is a community-generated counter-mapping platform for digitally archiving LGBTQ2IA+ experience in relation to physical space. The platform provides an interface to collaboratively record the cartography of queer life—from park benches to the middle of the ocean—in order to preserve our histories and unfolding realities, which continue to be invalidated, contested, and erased. From collective action to stories of coming out, encounters with violence to moments of rapturous love, Queering the Map functions as a living archive of queer life. If it counts to you, then it counts for Queering the Map. Through mapping LGBTQ2IA+ experience in its intersectional permutations, the project works to generate affinities across difference and beyond borders—revealing the ways in which we are intimately connected.
  • I am not Haraam

    Haraam is an Arabic word used in Islam to mean “forbidden”. This project has been started as a way for LGBTQIA+ Muslims to stand up and proclaim that we will not allow our existence as LGBTQIA+ Muslims to be erased any longer. We are not kafirs, we are not deviant, our existence is not a sin. This is our space to say: WE ARE NOT HARAAM.
  • LGBTQ Muslims want Increased visibility

    LGBTQ Muslims want increased visibility. The LGBTQ response exploded on Twitter June 24 after Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, tweeted about her joy attending the local Pride parade. “#HappyPride! I had a fantastic time dancing, hugging, and celebrating #TCPride with everyone this weekend!,” she tweeted, followed by five colorful heart emojis and a link to a photo.
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