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Watch: How Sabah Choudrey deals with being a queer Muslim during Ramadan
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 2nd June 2018

“During Ramadan, especially as a queer Muslim, it kind of highlights how difficult it can be to find community,” says activist Sabah Choudrey.

They spoke to PinkNews about fasting, what Ramadan means to them, and how to find community.

"We're not really allowed to be queer in the Muslim community, or Muslim in the queer community. I often feel a bit isolated during this time because it is really hard to find community – we really have to work for it and look for it.

"One of the things I really struggle with around this time of year is not feeling Muslim enough."

"Going to inclusive iftar spaces have really helped me to understand that that’s not something I have to worry about. They’re not segregated by gender, and being a trans person in a world where things are segregated by gender is just a reminder that I don’t fit in or I don’t belong."

For other queer Muslims, Sabah recommends seeking out Hidayah, Inclusive Mosque Initiative, and Imaan, which is part of the Big Gay Iftaar being held in London this Ramadan.

"If I could describe Ramadan in one word for me it would probably be reflection – and I mean that in a positive and negative way."

"It’s a time for me to reflect on my relationship with religion and faith, and what it means to be a Muslim."

Interview via Pink News


Video published on 2nd June 2018 in the People section




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