Raise your Gaze - Inclusive Mosque Initiative
Raise your Gaze is a workshop led campaign that addresses broad-ranging social issues from an Islamic perspective
The Inclusive Mosque Initiative’s campaign, Raise your Gaze - a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Islamic expression lower your gaze - explores how marginalised communities can be included and promoted through Islamic principles.
The campaign involved a series of seminars and workshops with key speakers addressing a range of issues from gender variance and sexual diversity, reimagining justice and feminism, all from an Islamic perspective.
Inclusive Mosque Initiative Trustee, Naima Khan says: “If propriety is our main concern we will miss out on a lot of things - we need to raise our gaze and open our eyes.”
The response to the workshops has been hugely positive with people from all generations attending and asking for more. The focus now is to "get outside of the London bubble" and host workshops in other parts of the UK, while also addressing the lack of wheelchair friendly, accessible venues.
“Mosques are public spaces and we are asking why are there these barriers and how can we include groups that have felt marginalised,” Naima adds.