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What We Do

Why We Do The Work?

Queer Muslims and as well as the inter-faith community feel isolated due to an inability to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation and gender identity. Therefore, existing queer organisations in their areas are not equipped to deal with their issues of faith. 

A vast majority of queer Muslims and inter-faith community are estranged by their families, dropped out of school, unemployed, recovering drug addicts and dealing with mental challenges and low self-esteem. 

Whenever they feel the lack of support, they tend to negotiate the dilemma between religion, sexual orientation and gender identity with drug and alcohol abuse, apostasy and suicide attempts. In the Western Cape alone, the unemployment rate amongst queer people of colour, especially transgender people are alarmingly high. Other factors, including school dropouts, also contribute to these high statistics. 

What We Strive Towards

To create a global society free from discrimination, violence based on sexual orientation and gender which is based on acceptance and understanding of the different faiths, beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity.

What We Offer

Safe Spaces:  Create safe spaces are maintained for Queer Muslims in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga 

Objectives/ Outcomes:  

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To strengthen a network towards and all-inclusive and compassionate centred community for LGBTQI across the African continent, free from discrimination, marginalization and judgement

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To create a space of safety where the LGBTQI community can turn to for debriefing and socializing if not comfortable in another space.

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To create a space to share queer narratives.

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A space where people can live out their authentic personality in the comfort of a space of no judgement, marginalization or stigmatization to become leaders and activists within their field of expertise.

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A space for them to be empowered, receive training and opportunities for growth with our existing programmes

Islamic Community Building Events

Join the Al-Fitrah Foundation movement towards an all-inclusive and compassion- centred Islam. Our spiritual services are all-inclusive of diversity, non-gendered, non- prescriptive and free of judgements. 

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Weekly Jumuah

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Mass Iftar

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Weekly Dhikr

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Annual Moulood

Counselling and Marriage Service 

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Are you struggling to reconcile your sexual orientation and/ or gender identity with Islam? Our counselling services will help you in this regard and also support your family to understand and accept you. Come to us for assistance if your family, friends or place of belief and religion has ostracized you.

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Al-Fitrah Foundation also provide relationship counselling and assists same-sex couples and ecumenical couples to get married in the Islamic tradition as well as registration with the Department of Home Affairs.

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Safe House-Pride Shelter 


Safe House at the Pride Shelter Trust in Cape Town.

A safe house for inter-faith Queer community is established and can accommodate up to 20 residents.

Objectives/Outcomes:
To create a space of safety where the LGBTQI community can turn to for debriefing and socializing if not comfortable in another space
A space where people can live out their authentic personality in the comfort of a space of no judgement.

Empowerment programmes for the LGBTQI community to discover their true potential and live into their potential
A resource space where the unemployed LGBTQI community can access job opportunities.     www.pridesheltertrust.com

Pride Shelter Trust

Contacts

Email: reception@al-fitrah.org.za
Phone: +27 21 761 0037