Sister Mahdia Lynn

Mahdia Lynn is a disabled transgender Shi’a Muslim woman. She is the co-founder and director of Masjid al-Rabia, a women-centered LGBTQ affirming mosque, and is heavily involved in Chicago’s Faith and Justice communities. A prolific writer, educator and public speaker; along with her work with Masjid al-Rabia and her organizing work centering incarceration, abolition and disability justice Mahdia freelances as a writer, educator, consultant and public speaker.

Madhia Lynn on Medium

Mahdia Lynn’s website:


Meet the Founder of the Transgender Muslim Support Network

Some of Madhia’s writings:

Coming Out Mubarak (Reprint of an essay that first appeared in Ramadan 2017)

Supporting Trans Resistance: Nothing About Us, Without Us (What happens when “transgender resistance” centers cis voices?)

In Favor of LGBTQ Muslim Equality (Reprint of an article that first appeared in early 2017)

May Justice Prevail: #NationalDayofPrayer (Full transcript from Mahdia Lynn’s closing prayer at the #NationalDayofPrayer action at CPD Headquarters)

A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up (Navigating dis/ability and anxiety in the call to action)

Unity for Disability Power: Envisioning Mental Health Justice (Transcript of speech at the #ADAPTtakesCHI rally and march 4/12/17)

White Muslims, We Need to Talk (converting to islam does not absolve us of our complicity in white supremacy. let’s talk about it)

To Delay is to Lose — #TransUpFront (Transcript from my speech @ Chicago’s Trans Liberation Protest)

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