Al-Fatiha Foundation

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Members of Al Fatiha at the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco 2008.

The Al-Fatiha Foundation is an organization which advances the cause of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims. It was founded in 1997 by Faisal Alam, a Pakistani American, and is registered as a nonprofit organization in the United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah is also a board member of the Al-Fatiha Foundation.

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The organization grew out of an internet listserve that brought together many gay, lesbian, and questioning Muslims from 25 countries, and by 1998 had developed numerous in-person chapters.[1][2] Al-Fatiha has 14 chapters in the United States, as well as offices in England, Canada, Spain, Turkey, and South Africa.

The name means "the Opening" and is shared with Al-Fatiha or the first surah of the Qur'an. In the beginning of that surah, Allah is described as compassionate and merciful; the organization's founders believe that these attributes characterize Islam, rather than hatred and homophobia.[3]

Each year, Al-Fatiha hosts an international membership retreat and conference.[2] Early conferences took place in Boston, New York, and London in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and focused on issues such as the reconciliation of religion and sexual orientation.[1][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cyber mecca". The Advocate: p. 27. March 14, 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thumma, Scott; Gray, Edward R. (2005). Gay religion. Rowman Altamira. p. 379.
  3. Kincheloe, Joe L. (2010). Teaching against Islamophobia. Peter Lang. p. 192.
  4. "Where the others stand". Out: p. 97. November 1999.