Hello. We are Maruf.
Queer Muslims often face pressure from their communities. They are forced to choose one of their identities. Queer or Muslim? Religion or secularization? Tradition or modernity? Compelled to choose, their right to self-determination and freedom is taken away.
Maruf connects, supports and strengthens queer Muslims and their allies. We give them a voice, visibility and the power to create more social acceptance in their communities. We also raise awareness around sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
Maruf strives to build societies that are free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion/belief(s), ethnicity and race. We aspire societies that value the power of diversity and intersectionality.
Maruf. We are here.
How do we achieve these goals?
Maruf QMEP: Queer Muslim Empowerment Program
Maruf Academy: Lectures, workshops and consulting
Maruf Messages: Dialogues about religion, feminism, sexuality and human rights
Maruf Lab: International Think Tank
Queer Welfare: Queer Refugees Support
Dutch Queer Muslim Network - Founder
European Queer Muslim Network - Founder
Global Queer Muslim Network - Co-founder
Maruf represents the interests of queer Muslims in the Netherlands and abroad. We are blessed with the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, COC Netherlands and Open Society Foundations.