Queer History Month: the el-Tawhid Juma Circle

A glimpse into one of Canada's first queer-inclusive mosques

October is Queer History Month at McGill and here at MORSL we are highlighting stories about queer people of faith and various religious communities. This article gives a glimpse into one of Canada's first queer-inclusive mosques.

The el-Tawhid Juma Circle (eJTC) is an inclusive, compassionate Muslim community based out of Toronto’s Unity Mosque. Founded in 2009, eJTC is queer affirming, gender equal, and welcoming to people of all faiths and social backgrounds.

eJTC Unity Mosques are guided by the concept of “Tawhid,” which refers to the unity of Allah, and they emphasize the inherent equality of all human beings. In their words, “We stand for radical tawhid. Absolute Oneness. Absolute Equality, like the teeth of a comb, shoulder to shoulder against injustice and tyranny.”

The Toronto Unity Mosque meets on Fridays for congregational prayer, and these services are also accessible by Skype for those unable to attend in person. The eJTC is currently hosting virtual events, such as a Unity Mosque Juma Service celebrating Trans+ Visibility.

Interested in learning more? Check out this TEDx talk from one of eJTC’s founders, Imam El-Farouk Khaki.

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