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 to:

  • 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. Please contact us for further details by sending us an email with your contact details and summary of your request: 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, genderqueer and interfaith 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

Naima Khan (she/her)

Director

Naima has been Director of Inclusive Mosque Initiative since August 2020. She oversees the implementation of IMI's strategy to bring radically inclusive intersectional feminist practice to Muslim social justice work. She has a background in the philanthropy sector and communications roles in the third sector. She is a regular contributor to radio shows on topics including feminism, religion and the arts. Naima was Programme Manager of the first MFest UK in 2018.

Halima Gosai Hussain (she/they)

Chair of Trustees

Halima Gosai Hussain is Chair of Trustees at IMI and a recent TEDx UCLWomen speaker. Her interest in feminist Quranic exegesis forces her to continually unlearn/relearn her Islam and question her relationship with those around here and especially those in power. Halima birthed Lyla Audre during the UK's first stay-at-home order in 2020, and is coming to terms with what being a 'parent in patriarchy' demands. Hipster turmeric lattes annoy her. She tweets @halimagosh.

Wasi Daniju (she/her)

Trustee

Wasi is a qualified person-centred therapist working for a small migrant charity, and a freelance documentary and theatre photographer; in both roles she seeks to bear witness and amplify lesser told stories. Wasi is interested in social and ecological justice, regularly engages in community organising, and spends far too much on Twitter.

Latifa Akay (she/her)

Trustee

Latifa has been part of the IMI community since 2015 and has been a trustee since 2016. She has a background in social justice work at a grassroots, policy and academic level, with a particular focus on racial and gender justice. Latifa works as Director of Education at the London based charity Maslaha. She has an academic background in law and studied Islamic law and Islamic feminist scholarship in an LLM in Human Rights at SOAS. Latifa has done a range of work around the intersection of gender, sexuality, race/ism and Islam. She is a regular media commentator and formerly worked as a journalist in Istanbul.

Sabah Choudrey (they/them)

Trustee

Sabah has been working with LGBTQ youth for over six years and currently training to be a psychotherapist. They are a public speaker and writer on all things trans, brown and hairy, interested in the fluidity of sexuality, gender and faith and reclaiming Islam.

Tamsila Tauquir MBE (any pronoun)

Co-founder and Advisor

Tamsila now acts as an advisor to IMI. She 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 (she/her)

Co-founder and Advisor

Dervla now acts as an advisor to IMI. 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.

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