Islam & Transgenderism: A conversation with Dr. Abdullah Ali and Ustadh Mobeen Vaid

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Throughout the United States, laws are being enacted to allow transgender high school athletes to compete in line with their ‘identity’. President Joseph Biden recently signed an executive order which reverses the Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from serving in the military. There are reports from several masajid and Islamic centers of transgender individuals attempting to pray salat with Muslim women. 

What Islamic rulings should navigate our approach and response to these social and political trends regarding transgenderism? 

Please join us for a detailed discussion with Dr. Abdullah Ali and Ustadh Mobeen Vaid on the Islamic rulings related to transgenderism and current, modern-day discourses on this topic. This discussion will feature Ustadh Mobeen Vaid, who recently wrote some detailed essays on this topic in Muslim Matters, and the Lamppost Education Initiative’s founder, Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He  obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
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Mobeen Vaid

is a Muslim public intellectual and writer who focuses on how traditional Islamic frames of thinking intersect the modern world. He has a MA in Islamic Studies from Hartford Seminary. He has authored a number of pieces on Islamic sexual and gender norms, including Can Islam Accommodate Homosexual Acts? Qur’anic Revisionism and the Case of Scott Kugle (MuslimMatters, 2017). Along with MuslimMatters, his other articles can be found on his Medium website Occasional Reflections

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