Qur’an as inspiration
The inspiration for QIST, the acronym for Queer Islamic Studies and Theology stems from the way the Qur’an uses the word qist. It means justice in a measured balance.
O you who believe: stand firm (qawamuna) in your devotion to Allah bearing witness to the truth in all qist (shuhada’ bi-l-qist). Do not let hatred of others lead you into the sin of deviating from being just (ta’dilu). Be just. This is nearer to taqwa (moral consciousness leading to just behavior). Have taqwa before Allah. Indeed Allah is aware of all that you do. (5:8)
We sent Our messengers forth with all evidence of [this] Truth; and through them We bestowed revelation from on high. [Thus gave you] a balance [wherewith to weigh right and wrong] so that humankind might behave with qist…” (57:25)
Sunnah and Hadith as Inspiration
QIST confirms the understanding that human dignity is fundamental. This is based on the Qur’an.
Furthermore, there are no Hadith from the Prophet commenting on sexual diversity especially none that say anything negative or condemning. However, the Prophet does say “None of you is a believer, until he or she loves for an-OTHER what they love for self.” (Translation adjusted for gender inclusive language)