Since 2007 MPV have practiced an Islam that is egalitarian, that is, to accept all people as equals and we believe the only way to exercise that in the religious space is to allow for men, women and LGBTQs a religious leadership role.
We live out our Islamic values by treating everyone equally regardless of race, denomination, age, sexual orientation or disability. We are not here to elevate the status of one over the other or to replace the male hierarchy with that of female or LGBTQ. We are an inclusive mosque in the truest sense of the word.
WHAT IS A “MPV UNITY MOSQUE?”
MPV Chapters offer progressive and inclusive prayer spaces in the US and Canada. Our mosques are 100% funded by members of our MPV community.
MPV UNITY MOSQUES
By ‘Unity’ we mean an inclusive and caring environment in which no one is segregated or excluded. Where new Muslims, old Muslims, LGBTQ Muslims, and Muslims in mixed-faith relationships are welcome. Where attendees are invited in turn to lead prayer, regardless of gender. This means that the prayer may be led by a man or a woman, the sermon may be delivered by a man or a woman. Where the group of congregants pray and is seated together, and where families can pray together, like we do in Mecca. Of course, individual men and women can choose to stand/sit to one side or the other if they prefer. All who come with an open mind and loving heart are welcome — including non-Muslim friends, significant others, etc.
MPV Unity Mosque, Los Angeles, CA
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657
Contact: Ani Zonneveld, firstname.lastname@example.org
The azan, prayer and khutbah may be led by a man or a woman, and the congregants pray and are seated together. Individual men and women can choose to stand/sit to one side or the other if they prefer. And you can also join us virtually: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mpvunitymosque-la
MPV Unity Mosque, Atlanta, GA
Sunday Evening Zikr (Sufi Chanting in Remembrance of God)
5:00 pm – Midtown Atlanta
**This is with a partner group
Cobb Emergent Gathering (Interfaith/Atheist-Agnostic-Friendly)
7:00pm – Marietta Square
**This is with a partner group
1st Quarter – Vday – Domestic Violence Awareness Event – Smyrna, GA
2nd Quarter – Music and Arts Celebrations – Downtown Atlanta
3rd Quarter – Suicide Awareness Concert – Smyrna, GA
4th Quarter – Interfaith Celebration – Buckhead Area
Services Offered: Nikah, Chaplaincy, Eid prayers, Domestic Violence/Social Services Network
Light of Reformation – a MPV Unity Mosque, Washington D.C.
The azan, prayer and khutbah may be led by a man or a woman, and the congregants pray and are seated together. Individual men and women can choose to stand/sit to one side or the other if they prefer. All who come with an open mind and loving heart are welcome — including non-Muslim friends, significant others, etc. Contact Imam Daayiee Abdullah at (202) 518-5955 or (202) 553-8640 for location and further details. Prayers are held on Friday nights at 6:30 pm.
FRIENDLY SPACES (Not MPV affiliated)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Downtown el-Tawhid Juma Circle
Location available upon request from organizers
Friday “congregational prayer that is gender-equal, queer-friendly, and religiously non-discriminatory… Everyone is welcome to take at turn giving the call to prayer, giving the sermon, and leading the ritual Friday prayer.” First call to prayer is at 1:20p; second call followed by the sermon is 1:30p; congregational prayer is at 1:50p.
Mercy Community Center
5922 Hillcroft Street, Suite C
This mosque’s “overall philosophy regarding respect, dignity, and creating an environment where people feel Allah’s mercy and comfort when coming to the masjid is remarkable.” – Aneela
Islamic Center of Saginaw
114 North 4th Ave
Contact: (989) 752-3531
This “awesome” mosque is “pretty gender-egalitarian, no partitions between men and women. A new masjid is being built to accommodate the growing community.” – Zainab A.
1. The Khateeb shall give the khutbah (sermon) in the dominant language of the congregation.
2. The Khateeb shall make an effort to ensure that the message of the khutbah is communicated clearly to the congregation. (Examples: If the majority of the congregation understand English, the khutbah shall be given in English. If the majority of the congregation understand French, it shall be given in French and an English translation shall be provided. If the majority of the congregation understand Arabic, it shall be given in Arabic and an English translation shall be provided. If the majority of the congregation understand Somali, it shall be given in Somali and an English translation shall be provided.)
3. If the Khateeb is not able to communicate in the dominant language of the congregation, the Khateeb shall defer the Khutbah to someone who can, with full acknowledgement to be given to the original Khateeb for writing the original Khutbah.
Our nikah officiant services include consultation, the Islamic marriage (nikah), a personalized marriage script for a service that is custom made for you. We also provide a beautifully designed marriage certificate. Our officiants are based out of Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Officiants will also travel.
We provide nikah services for all who seek us out. We recognize that many Muslim women are now marrying outside the faith and same sex marriages are also on the rise.
MPV’s services complies with Islamic traditions while respecting the non-Muslim tradition as in the case of a mixed faith marriage.
*Please note: we do not conduct polygamous nikah services.
Los Angeles: email@example.com
Washington D.C.: Daayiee@aol.com
Our MPV community has always been committed to welcoming interfaith, same sex couples and their children. In our society where these marriages are taking place more often, unfortunately more often than not, they do not find a community that is inclusive of such marriages. Where do they go?
We hope you will seek out our MPV community as your spiritual home. It is a space where your non-Muslim family members will always be welcomed, where their religious traditions are treated with equal respect, and where celebrating mixed religious holidays are welcomed!