*** JUNE 17 2020 UPDATE ***
Heartfelt gratitude to our community for supporting the Radical Muslim Mutual Aid Fund organized by Queer Crescent and Masjid al-Rabia!! With your support, we raised $30,702 for the most marginalized Muslims.
We created this resource in response to COVID-19, with a shared commitment to redistribute resources back to our communities. Similarly, the organizers now feel this political moment calls us to once again redirect funds specifically to Black trans and queer communities and Black Liberation movement building. Therefore, we recommend you donate to Black Trans Groups, which is a consolidated hub of many Black trans led organizations and projects.
The remaining funds of the RMMA will be used to provide aid to folks on our waitlist and to those who are currently incarcerated.
May we all work to #DefendBlackLives with material, spiritual and political resolve!
Towards collective liberation,
RMMA Co-Organizers: Neda Said, Saria Omer, Mahdia Lynn and Shenaaz Janmohamed
*** MAY 12 2020 UPDATE
MAY 1 2020
Thank you community for your support!! After only one week of launching the #MuslimMutualAid fund, our team has redistributed over $20,000 to nearly 100 people. We continue to receive FAR more applicants than money raised and are therefore upping our Ramadan goal to $20,000. Please continue to give and spread the word about our fundraising need.
As our communities respond and persevere amidst COVID-19, health crises, and financial implications of missing or losing work, we also enter the eve of Ramadan. This time reminds us of the importance of zakat, the Islamic mutual aid practice around redistribution of wealth. Further, marginalized communities are experiencing compounded barriers to support, lack of access to resources, and precarity in job security. The social safety net in this country is inadequate to support actual needs, and communities have been structurally excluded from having access to resources. With the impact of historical and current imperialism, surveillance, and criminalization, Muslim communities are also marginalized and in need of support. In light of all of these things, LGBTQI+ Muslim healing justice organization Queer Crescent and radically inclusive Muslim community center Masjid al-Rabia have come together and built the Radical Muslim Mutual Aid as an effort to provide some support to Muslims during this time. Masjid al-Rabia and Queer Crescent each have contributed $5,000 to this emergency response, and we are calling on you to help us raise more so we can support as many people in our communities as possible in an unprecedented crisis.
We define Muslim as a person who identifies with muslimness in some way - cultural, political, spiritual, revert, etc. We seek to dismantle traditional ideas and norms of what it means to be Muslim while intentionally supporting our communities. We will be prioritizing support for our community members who are disabled, low-income, transgender, queer, undocumented, formerly incarcerated, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, those who financially support others, and/or have had their income impacted due to loss of work as a result of COVID-19.
This redistribution project is being launched with $10,000 in funds contributed by our founding organizations. We will continue to raise funds through donors like you.
Please find link to the application process here.Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Distribution amounts are dependent on community donations received. We will not be determining the need of applicants - each application will receive a contribution, and we hope to offer additional funds to those who identify with prioritized communities.
We hope for a world where communities can be healthy and thrive, free of war, occupation, financial precarity, the prison and immigration detention systems, and lack of access to resources. As we work toward this goal, we want to give this small offering to support our communities along the way.
This initiative is a collaboration between Queer Crescent and Masjid al-Rabia. Founded in 2017, Queer Crescent is a healing justice organization centered on community, safety, and healing arts for LGBTQIA+ Muslims in the Bay Area and beyond. Our programs focus on building resilience, emerging leadership, connecting to spiritual practices and reclaiming our dignity, place and power within community. Masjid al-Rabia is a Muslim community center based in Chicago with extensive online programming and a prolific LGBQTIA+ Muslim Prision Ministry. MaR is founded on principles of accessibility, inclusivity, and justice with a vision of Islam where no one is left behind.
The structure and intention of this fundraiser benefited greatly from the model set by the COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks and the Seattle Artists Relief Fund. Thank you for your work.