Who are Hidayah?
‘Hidayah’ might sound unfamiliar, but soon it will be a well-known name in the Muslim community.
They are an upcoming, unincorporated charity. Completely dedicated to meet the needs and give voices to LGBTQI+ Muslims.
To increase visibility and promote the voices of LGBTQI+ Muslims within our own communities as well as within wider society.
To produce informative resources regarding LGBTQI+ Muslim issues that can be used as education tools by various institutions and organisations
To provide training and guidance on diversity and inclusion regarding the issues and obstacles LGBTQI+ Muslims face in the UK
To provide opportunities for LGBTQI+ Muslims to network and gain support from their peers in addition to developing ideas and resources to aid the personal development of LGBTQI+ Muslims.
The word Hidayah in Arabic means guidance The team of very dedicated volunteers are there to offer exactly that. Whether that be in forms of meetups, social media, and even safe spaces; they offer a community who will accept you for entirely you.
Why is Hidayah so important?
Throughout history, many LGBTQI+ Muslims have faced homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This has resulted in horrific events such as forced marriages, violence, family exile and in severe cases, death.
It’s been known that attitudes towards both Islam and the LGBTQI+ community are changing, but they’ve still got a long way to go. Steps should be taken to make legal and social changes and that starts by supporting others and speaking out like Hidayah are doing. Identifying within the gay community already takes confidence and people often feel the need to be ‘socially safe’.
Unfortunately, lots of Muslims have found this is even harder because of the stigma that is held along with their religion. However, this wonderful community of allies are here to ease the journey of discovering and celebrating your true self.
And they’re open to all. Whether you’re a practising or non-practising Muslim, or just supportive of the group, this organisation holds open it’s arms and doesn’t exclude anyone.
How can I get involved?
Hidayah are more than just a group they’re a family. And there are lots of ways you can become a part of their story.
Firstly, you could go along to one of their meetups. Learn more about how to support your fellow friends in the community or just socialise. It’s a chance for you to speak out and learn more from others in the same position as you. They even offer educational workshops. In fact, they have so much going on around the UK, they’ve had to make an events calendar. Maybe you’ll even have a chance to volunteer for one of them! Check it out here.
Alongside this, you can have the chance to hear stories or even tell your own. It’s important to share your experiences. Discuss and grow with others around you. They even host a podcast where you’ll get to hear stories of fellow members involved with Hidayah. You can listen here.
Or you could directly donate. As a charity, they wouldn’t function without the help of people like you. This is a good option for those who are a little too busy but want to show their support. You can do so here.
And lastly, you can share the good work they’re doing. Make others aware of the support they could receive and start up a big conversation.
Plus, they run a newsletter where you can keep up to date with all of their work.
So, if you’re looking for a place to make new friends, need support or trying to connect to your faith, Hidayah will be there for you.
Contact the Hidayah Team
If you want to get in contact with their volunteering team, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. They don’t have a physical office, but they will get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re so impressed with Hidayah. Keep up the good work.
Remember – you are not alone.
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