Redwoods Unity Mosque Initiative (RUMI) is a Community Vision Healing multi-religious exploration program designed to support Muslims For Progressive Values and their non-Muslim allies in weaving their hearts together. Building multi-religious beloved communities without walls in which people, all people belong to each other is so very important for our world today and for the times in which we live. Understanding that Islam is not a monolith, but instead a living faith tradition is essential.
RUMI is inspired by the El-Tawhid Juma Circle family of Unity Mosques. We are egalitarian, gender equal, and LGBTIQ affirming; and we practice shared authority. We welcome everyone who self identifies as Muslim as well as friends, spouses, family and allies. RUMI meets once per month for El-Tawhid Juma Circle gathering on Friday.
El-Tawhid Juma Circle (ETJC) gatherings are gender-equal, queer-friendly, and religiously non-discriminatory. In other words, all are welcome. Allah tells us in the Quran that the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) was a ‘mercy to the worlds’. ETJC gatherings are places of healing for everyone – for those who identify as Muslim, regardless of sect or tariqa. ETJC also welcomes those who do not identify as Muslim but need a space for healing, and those who are family, spouses/partners, friends, seekers and allies. We begin with the understanding that women and men are equal agents of Allah in all aspects of ritual practice, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, class, dis/ability, HIV status, language, or any other grounds. Dr. Amina Wadud espouses this principle as horizontal reciprocity: we are all interchangeable, and only Allah is Akbar.
Everyone is welcome to take a turn giving the call to prayer, giving the sermon, and leading the ritual Friday prayer. Another pioneering imam, Nakia Jackson, describes this as ‘shared authority’. We all have authority and we all have something to teach and something to learn.
We are NOT here to debate the equality of women in sacred space, or the issues of homosexuality or gender (including transgender) expression. Those who may be looking to ‘argue’ or debate these points must seek another forum to do so.
Tawhid is often understood to refer to the Unity of Allah or to The Unity of All Existence or The Unity of One. For us it also means the unity of humanity, of Creation, of Message as well as the unity between the inner & the outer of oneself. May we all be authentic and true to Allah when we join in prayer, inshaha’allah.
If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on which Fridays we meet and the location of where we meet.