Muhsin Hendricks was an imam, teaching in mosques and the local madrasa (school), when he came out as gay in 1996, at age 29. Surprised by the deluge of supportive messages and a realization of the sheer number of closeted gay Muslims, he founded the Inner Circle to deal with gender and sexual diversity from an Islamic theological perspective. He facilitates workshops across Africa helping imams reach a more inclusive understanding of their faith. Now a new documentary, The Radical, charts his mission to promote sexual diversity in Islam. Filmmaker Richard Finn Gregory said the documentary portrays Hendricks’ “gentle way of trying to change Islam from within”.

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