Daayiee Abdullah: First openly gay imam

Collection with 28 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

20 Mar 2014 22:00

On December 20th, when the subject was broadcasted on Al-Jazeera America, the subject generated record audiences. There were more than 12 million Americans watching the evening show about “America’s first openly gay imam". At 60, Daayiee Abdullah is an atypical man. Muslim, gay and happy. If his aura and infectious laugh have made him extremely popular in the U.S. gay community for a decade, in contrast, his liberal positions irritate radical Muslims. However, this gentle giant has given hope to many homosexuals who intended to leave Islam, by proposing to celebrate Muslim weddings between same-sex partners. On the sixty unions he blessed, a quarter have been between gays or lesbians.

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By Jonathan Alpeyrie
21 Mar 2014

March 21, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
21 Mar 2014

March 21, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
21 Mar 2014

March 21, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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004_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
21 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a fallower are preparing for the afternoon prayer inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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005_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
21 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is preparing a lecture on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is preparing a lecture on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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010_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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011_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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012_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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013_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is singing a religious Islmaic song before the start of prayer. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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016_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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017_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are praying inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are praying inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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019_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are praying inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are praying inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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021_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a few gay fallowers are praying inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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022_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam and a fallower are wrapping the afternoon prayer inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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023_Gay Imam
Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is leaving a local public library after the afternoon prayer. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is taking a local bus home. Ibrahim, a man from Virginia who converted to Islam after leaving the priesthood is taking part in the imam's lecture and discussion. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

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Washington
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States. The imam is waiting for the local bus which will take him home. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo, Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.