Welcome to Hidayah

You have come to the right place if you are:

  • Feeling conflicted or alone

  • Looking for support or to make new friends

  • Trying to reconcile your sexuality or identity with your faith

  • Needing support with family, friends and mental health

Due to the current circumstances relating to the coronavirus, all monthly meet-ups and socials are suspended until it is safe and advisable to do so. Some of these meet-ups are being substituted by virtual sessions. We will be keeping our events page updated with these details once regular events resume. The Hidayah Wellbeing & Spirituality WhatsApp group, social media, emails and other digital services are still running as normal.

 

In the meanwhile, feel free to read our top tips for staying at home. There is always support available.

 

Can you help us find innovating ways to continue providing support using technology and adapting to current constraints? If you feel that you have extra time and would like to volunteer, we have a range of roles available.

The word 'Hidayah' is Arabic for 'guidance.' We are a nationwide organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom. Our team and members are a mix of practising and non-practising Muslims. As an inclusive organisation, we do not exclude anyone, and warmly welcome friends, families, and allies to all of our events.

At Hidayah, we offer a range of services including:

  • Monthly events which are social meetups and safe spaces around the UK in the following locations:

    • London​

    • Bristol

    • Birmingham

    • Leeds

    • Manchester

    • Glasgow/Edinburgh (Alternate between these two cities)

    • Cardiff/Newport (Alternate between these two cities)

  • WhatsApp group

    • Wellbeing & Spirituality

  • "Walk With Me" Mentoring Scheme where a Mentor will be able to provide invaluable advice and guidance to our members that require it. To find out more about this scheme, please click here.

  • Educational workshops, talks and conferences at universities

  • Emotional and well-being support, safeguarding people at risk and signposting to other services

  • Social media engagement, news, articles and banter via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

  • Confidential email service offering support for yourself, a friend, or anyone else

  • Volunteering opportunities, a range of roles are available.
     

​Feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to join as a member or if you would like to support us to grow and reach more people like yourself. We aspire to create a society free from discrimination, if we do not currently operate in your area, email us to see if we can work with you to bring Hidayah to your city and expand the visibility of LGBTQI+ Muslims.

Please note that we are unable to provide direct support to asylum seekers, people who are under 18 years old or people who live overseas. Please refer to our resources page for a list of support networks that may be of more relevance.

Winner of "Charity & Community Initiative Award 2019" - LGBTQ North East

Nominated "National Diversity Award 2019" - Community Awards ( ITV News )

Nominated "National Diversity Award 2020" - Community Awards ( ITV News )

Nominated "British LGBT Award 2020" - In Partnership with NatWest

"These groups provide a safe space to discuss topics and gain support with like-minded people. It's a place to vent and rant without the fear of being judged. It's a safe space to be yourself."

"Everyone in these groups are awesome and will accept you. We are there for one another because there may be many people who don't get the support from their friends or family, or be able to openly discuss certain topics with them."

"In addition to good banter, these groups are useful for those who wish to explore faith and spirituality. It is a platform to share verses from scriptures, inspiring quotes, stories, and discuss morals and issues that concern LGBT+ people within faith and spirituality."

Remember - you are not alone.

If you require immediate support or are at risk, then please contact your local health or emergency department. Or call the Samaritans (open 24/7) free on 116 123. They will listen to you, provide signposting and can help in stressful situations. This is confidential and will not show on your phone bill.

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​Email us: info@hidayahlgbt.co.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1188802

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