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

Est. 2012

About

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating safe and  inclusive places of worship and spiritual practice, to the promotion of inclusive Islamic principles, and to centring and uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalised people within our communities. 

 

To us, that means having a critical awareness of the dynamics of power and privilege, and working against racism (including anti-blackness, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism), homophobia, gender-based discrimination, poverty, ableism, and environmental damage and all the ways these intersect. 

 

In particular we express solidarity with immigrant, refugee, disabled, working class and poor, Black and brown people. 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. In connection to this, we do not accept government funding. 

 

In this process we are committed to learning from each other and welcoming differences of opinions and practice, and are willing to be held accountable by our community to ensure we uphold these values.

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative aims:

  • Provide a peaceful, enriching environment for worship and remembrance of Allah.
  • Create an inclusive sacred space that welcomes all people.
  • Respect the natural environment.
  • Value gender expression and gender justice as an integral manifestation of Islamic practice.
  • Facilitate inter-community and inter-faith dialogue and collaborate with others who are seeking change for social and economic welfare and justice.

Our current regular events include fortnightly Friday prayers and monthly halaqas 

Visiting the Inclusive Mosque

At the moment we rent out different wheelchair-accessible spaces, mostly in London, to hold our events. We are working towards owning or renting a permanent space that will be a peaceful place of worship for Muslims from all backgrounds and understandings. Like our current events, it will be a place where all people are welcome, a place that respects gender expression and gender justice, and a place that houses inter-community and inter-faith dialogue. We are mindful of respecting the environment and aim to create as eco-friendly a space as possible.

 

Consultancy

Inclusive Mosque Initiative is able to offer expert consultancy and trainings to individuals as well as the private, statutory, education and voluntary sectors in a number of Islamic topics. This is a customised consultancy service to meet the needs of clients from our pool of experts across our sites. Please contact us for further details by leaving your contact details and summary of your request in the comment box below or email us at: admin@inclusivemosque.org

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 and genderqueer 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 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@inclusivemosque.org

Our Team

Tamsila Tauquir MBE

Co-founder & Trustee

Tamsila is a freelance consultant on issues of policy and intersectional identities as well as being a technical materials engineer. She has held a number of professional and voluntary roles including at Interfaith Alliance UK, Women Living Under Muslim Laws and at Safra Project.

Dervla Zaynab Shannahan, Ph.D

Co-founder & Trustee

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.

Halima Gosai Hussain

Programme Manager

Halima has worked for a variety of Muslim organisations for over 10 years. With degree in Philosophy & Theology and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, her research focused on alternative Qur’anic interpretation methodologies.

Latifa Akay

Board member & Trustee

Latifa is currently exploring culturally and socially relevant teaching pedagogies and curriculum in her role as Director of Education at the charity Maslaha. She focused on Islamic feminisms and international law in her LLM at SOAS, and previously worked as a journalist in Istanbul.

Naima Khan

Programme Manager

Naima works in communications and has seven years’ experience producing content on the arts and religion. She has an interest in the ways artists can contribute to our understanding of socio-politics our collective histories and how this can be applied in places of worship.

Wasi Daniju

Board Member & Trustee

Wasi is a qualified person-centred therapist, and a photographer, focusing on photojournalism and depictions of lesser-represented groups. Her projects include ‘Re:Present – Portraits of Black Muslim Women’. Wasi is interested in social and ecological justice, and regularly engages in community organising.

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