Asalaam Alaikum Everyone,
Iftikhar Community was formed by Erum Rani in 2014 in Houston, TX but has resumed operations following a hiatus in 2018. Though the community is a Houston-based organization, we want to ensure LGBTIQIA+ Muslims all over the world feel welcomed. Our current goal is to make Iftikhar a safe and confidential place for our Queer Muslims from all walks of life. The name "Iftikhar means" pride" in Arabic, and like our namesake, we hope that our LGBTQIA+-affirming space serves as a source of comfort. Simultaneously, there are not many safe spaces for queer Muslims but we want to change that by providing that sanctuary feeling for all our people.