PHOTO: Meet America’s First Openly Gay Imam

He’s been condemned by other Muslim leaders, and some local imams have even refused to greet him. But Imam Daayiee Abdullah believed to be the only openly gay imam in America is proud of his story.


According to Aljazeera, Imam Abdullah was born a Christian, born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists.

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But at age 15, he told his parents he was gay.

At 33, while studying in China, Abdullah converted to Islam, and went on to study the religion in Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
But as a gay man in America, he saw that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims had unmet spiritual needs, so he decided to become an imam to attend to their needs.

“Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. And because of the necessity in our community, that’s why I came into this particular role,” he told America Tonight about his journey.

His first act as an imam was performing funeral rites, Muslim body cleaning ritual for a gay Muslim who died of AIDS.
Pained Abdullah said:

“They had contacted a number of imams, and no one would go and provide him his janazah services. This pained me. I believe every person, no matter if I disagree with you or not, you have the right as a Muslim to have the proper spiritual [rites] and rituals provided for you. And whoever judges you, that will be Allah’s decision, not me.

“The beautiful thing about God is that when you change your attitude, and say, ‘God, I need some help,’ and mean it sincerely, God is always there for you”

Abdullah serves as the imam and educational director of the Light of Reform Mosque in Washington, D.C.

A mosque he helped form more than two years ago, to be a safe space for values and practices that other mosques may eschew.

In his mosque, women and men kneel side-by-side and women are allowed to lead prayers – actions that have sparked controversy even among American Muslims.

His mosque’s congregants are diverse and represent a wide range of cultures, religious upbringings and sexual orientations.
For its LGBT congregants, the Light of Reform Mosque is a rare safe space. But not all of them are gay. Many are just Muslims looking for a mosque that accepts all kinds.

Not everyone is happy with the mosque though. Some local imams have refused to greet Abdullah, and many others across the country argue his work performing same-sex marriage is not legitimate, and that he should control his “urges.”

But Abdullah is firm in his belief. “Being an openly gay imam and having been identified as such, I do get a lot of feedback and also kickback, but that’s OK,” he said. “I think that when people are unfamiliar with things, they tend to have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to it.

Abdullah has hope that the message he is working to spread will continue to resonate: “It is our relationship with God and our relationship with each other that really establishes our faith.” Not whether you are gay or straight.

Source: Aljazeera


  1. U are bloody idiot Abdullahi. U are still not fully muslim,because islam is always against ur activitist.”GAY” Subhanallahi…may Allah protect our sister and brothers from ur Evil act.

  2. May Allah give us the capability to distinguish right with wrong and to stop ourselves from doing wrong and endulge in right for the sake of eternal life(jannah).

  3. this man is nothing but ignorant of religion and teaching of the prophet of Allah (SWT) . Thank God it is narated that he is a convert but yet to know the nitigrity of the religion.

  4. All ds of so call converter were used or paid Τ̅ǿ by some group Τ̅ǿ create bad image against islam. NÕ̸̳͡ capital N0 gay in islam. Islam is against it totally. Allah(swt)nd prophet (pbuh)condemn it. Abdullahi if u don’t hv the knowledge go nd seek F̶̲̥̅̊o̲̣̥r̶̲̥̅̊ it.


  5. All ds of so call converter were used or paid Τ̅ǿ by some group Τ̅ǿ create bad image against islam. NÕ̸̳͡ capital N0 gay in islam. Islam is against it totally. Allah(swt)nd prophet (pbuh)condemn it. Abdullahi if u don’t hv the knowledge go nd seek F̶̲̥̅̊o̲̣̥r̶̲̥̅̊ it.


  6. Allahu Akhbar…. may Allah show this unfortunate man the light and us all, he has chosen to go astray and needing others to follow. May Allah protect all Muslim Ummah from the actions and teachings of the infidel!

  7. even to practice anal sex wit ur
    wife is nt allowed in islam nt 2 talk of doin it wit a fellow man! …oh Allah save ur deen 4rm sick minds

  8. That mad man is not a muslim. You can’t just walkup and introduce an alien things to Islam. Whatever u do in Islam most have an authority from Qur’an and/or Hadith, which is d practice of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Let him go back to where he come from. We don’t need such animal in our mix.

  9. Its all lies. No real muslim will never be or support gay. Its a propaganda by d enemies of islam just 2 prove dat its not only in christianity. Soon ALLAH will expose nd shame them all. INSHA ALLAH

  10. He is Almighty Allaah that has sent His prophet( Muhammad s.a.w) with the guidance and the true religion even if the disbelievers detest it. He has been protectiting it since the creation of the earth. May Allaah destroy the enemies of Islaam, their supporters and the munaafiquun.
    This man is indeed one of the tools of shaytaan. You will all fail as you have been failing in the past

  11. Subhanallah! I dont believe of you being a true muslim, what I will say here is that, you are just trying to spoil the image of Islam just as others do or still doing. but you need to know that what all goes up must come down. be alert, the last day is near.


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