Since 2012, RAHMA has led efforts to break the silence that stigmatized individuals in faith communities face due to their HIV status. 

 

Our Mission

RAHMA’s mission is to address HIV/AIDS in faith communities through education, advocacy, and empowerment.

There are many organizations mainstream that address HIV/AIDS but RAHMA is unique with a specific focus on faith communities in he US and is working hard to eliminate stigma. HIV/AIDS is a very taboo topic and only a small group of people talk about it in faith communities. The reality is there are HIV+ individuals in all faith communities and its important to have conversations. RAHMA is dedicated to breaking down barriers and creating safe spaces for all who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

RAHMA will not turn anyone away regardless of religious beliefs, race, color, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. RAHMA has established partnerships with organizations that serve all and has led events for participants of all backgrounds.

What does RAHMA mean?

Rahma is the Arabic word for mercy. It is important to have mercy and compassion when supporting those living with HIV and spearheading educational efforts. 

Stigma

During Ramadan, while serving food for iftar, people refused to take food from me because they feared they would contract HIV by touching a plate my hands had touched.
— Anonymous Muslim lving with HIV

What We've Achieved

  • RAHMA Founder invited to the White House to receive an award for her accomplishments. 
  • Obtained 501c3 status. 
  • Served communities Nationally.
  • Featured in Islamic Magazines.
  • Invited to masjids nationally to do tranings on HIV/AIDS.