Halal This Way, LLC is a social enterprise that was founded in 2013 to build a pathway for the theological acceptance of the Queer communities within Sunni Islam. It is a multimedia platform that aims to educate, advocate, organize and mobilize around what I am convinced to be a theologically-affirming place of queer communities in Sunni Islam. Historically, the way the issue has been handled within the Islamic tradition is a matter of misunderstanding, which has been further complicated by the current political and socioeconomic realities. Halal This Way, LLC is founded to address the misunderstanding, the contemporary political and socioeconomic contexts in which it operates, and contribute to paving a way forward.
The idea of Halal This Way, LLC came out of a blog I started in 2012. The blog was a first of its kind in Arabic, and called for the need to accommodate homosexuality in Sunni Islam. Within a 10-month period, the blog attracted over 65,000 page views, hundreds of commentary and emails from around the world, and even financial contributions. However, while my blog had great traction and the experience was incredible, it was also overwhelming. I realized too quickly that I had opened a floodgate and was way out of my depths. I then decided to put things on hold, regroup, and build a better platform. With the pro bono help of a prestigious multinational law firm based in Chicago, the financial contributions of one donor, and the continuous support and encouragement of many around me, Halal This Way, LLC was born a few months later.
Halal This Way, LLC will publish its forthcoming book based on my thesis to the Ministry Program at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. My thesis provides a critical theoretical framework needed to pave the way of acceptance for queer communities in Sunni Islam at this contemporary moment. It will be published in a book format for sale (as a funding source for the organization). In addition, a digital version of the book will be offered for free online as part of the mission of Halal This Way, LLC (as a social enterprise). Click here to read more on the book. Click below to Invest in Halal This Way, LLC.