Imam Daayiee Abdullah is a scholar in Shari’ah Sciences and Quranic Interpretation. A former public interest lawyer, he lectures nationally and internationally on progressive Muslim concepts, intra-faith and interfaith networking, and the development of inclusive and progressive revisions of Islamic theological thought and Islamic law. He has long been involved in actively promoting understanding and awareness of issues of racial, gender and sexual equality as understood in the UN Declaration of Human Rights within and beyond Muslim communities.
Imam Daayiee is also the Executive Director of MECCA Institute (Muslim Education Center for Creative Academics), a Muslim think tank and online school (opening Fall 2015), that teaches an inclusive liberation theology and interpretation of Quran. As Imam and Education Director at Light of Reform Mosque, Imam Daayiee provides pastoral counseling for Muslim youth and adults, their families and friends. He performs same-sex, opposite sex and interfaith marriages for Muslims and non-Muslims of diverse backgrounds.
Funded by a MPV-Carpenter grant, Imam Daayiee is former Director of LGBTQ Outreach for MPV, produced a 14-part module on LGBTQ Muslim youth, their friends, family and community, released in May 2014. His three books including Questions and Answers for Queer Muslims will hit the marketplace in 2015. Reach him here.