getting to know masjid al-rabia

Learn your religion; do not inherit it
— Imam Ali a.s.

All Muslims deserve an environment in which we can practice our faith without fear of exclusion or violence. We don’t believe it is asking too much to be uncompromisingly ourselves - as women, as queer and trans people, as “minority Muslims” - and still have a faith community we can come home to.

Masjid al-Rabia is a new organization in Chicago providing spiritual care for marginalized Muslims.


It is necessary, now more than ever, that all have safe access to the healing and empowering home that lies in the truth of the Qur'an. With the intention of creating a community that is inclusive, affirming and accessible for all, we follow five tenets as our pillars of inclusivity.

 

Masjid al-Rabia's Pillars of Inclusivity:

  1. We are WOMEN CENTERED: We aim to be a radically equal mixed-gender space, and the first step to equality is confronting misogyny and patriarchy in the masjid.
  2. We are ANTI-RACIST: We name racism, colorism, and anti-blackness for what they are. We strive for justice in the face of white supremacy and unabashedly assert that BLACK LIVES MATTER
  3. We are LGBTQIA+ AFFIRMING: Too often, as queer and trans people, we are denied access to a spiritual life. We believe that everyone - including sexual & gender minorities - has a right to practice faith without fear of violence or excommunication.
  4. We are PLURALIST: Our faith is strengthened by learning from different faith traditions. Rather than sweeping away differences in sect, we embrace the plurality of our faith. We are prepared to pray beside - and learn from - any who call themselves Muslim.
  5. We are ACCESSIBLE: Accessibility is about more than ramps and handrails. We strive to create a community that is available to all. Physical, economic, geographic, and academic accessibility are at the root of our organization.
If you are planting a tree and the day of judgement comes, finish what you started.
— the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him