The purpose of the mosque is to provide a safe space in which queer Muslims and marginalized women can practice Islam. The mosque is a safe space for those who live on the peripheries of Muslim society, often stigmatized and ostracized based on who they are, how they choose to identity, what they do and where the community thinks they belong.
We acknowledge ourselves as ‘marginalized’ as the first step towards emotional freedom. Malcolm X expounded on this idea that we can only claim freedom for ourselves if we identify with everyone that is oppressed and acknowledge our own state of oppression. Alcoholics Anonymous also teaches an important first step to healing from addiction; that in order to be cured from addiction, one has to admit and accept the addiction. Although some may feel that identifying as ‘marginalized’, reinforces the negative impact of the word, we feel that by accepting our circumstances and identifying with the marginalized is the first step towards healing and emotional freedom.
“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.” –
The first step to becoming empowered is to make peace with ones situation and find the blessing within the experience. We often say to queer people; ” the world will not be convinced about your sexual orientation unless you are convinced about it yourself first”.
With being marginalized comes blessings. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) after having rejected the offers of power from the elitist Arabs who wanted to control him, prayed that Allah keeps him among the marginalized of society and that he die among the marginalized. He recognized that blessings come through poverty, marginalization, abandonment, rejection and pain. With such hardships come the realization of the true meaning of our lives and an appreciation for Allah, the Source of life.
Malcolm X also reminded us of this spiritual reality that: “Truth is on the side of the oppressed.” –
Monthly Thursday night sessions of melodious chanting of Ratibul Haddad (Cape Townian style) in remembrance of Allah
A night in Ramadan for for all to break fast together and stand in prayer as a community
Celebrating the two Eids of the Islamic year with an early morning prayer and a sermon followed by breakfast
Weekly Friday congregational prayers with enlighten sermons from the pulpit