Posts By: Maha Elgenaidi

Does the Muslim American Community Have a Problem with Intra-Muslim Racism?

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. It’s hard for a community that feels under siege from Islamophobia to admit that it has a problem with racism and bigotry within its ranks; it’s hard, but necessary. Our Muslim American community must be united to respond effectively to bigotry directed against us, especially when the vast majority of...

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Muslim-American Maha Elgenaidi On Advocacy And Experience

Muslim, a new online magazine and an off-shoot of the popular MuslimGirl featured ten prominent Muslim figures who have made an impact within the Muslim American community for their publication launch in the month of Ramadan.  One of them is ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi featured below. This feature is in partnership with Asian American...

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Statement from the Executive Director on COVID-19

What an interesting time we live in! It is astonishing to me how something as miniscule as the COVID-19 virus, which is visible only through an electron microscope, can turn our world upside down as it has. As a Muslim, I am reminded of the Quranic verses on the power of the Creator: For the...

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Celebrating Margaret Jones, Founder of URI Peninsula Circle, 2001-2013

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This memorial speech was delivered at the New Vision United Methodist Church in Millbrae on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 as part of a funeral service for Margaret Jones, founder of URI Peninsula Circle from 2001-2013. I’m deeply honored to be here to celebrate the life of Margaret Jones. I personally...

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The Case Against Patriarchy in Islam: Fitra, viceregency, and universal principles

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This article is published in the winter 2019 issue of Tikkun Magazine. I define patriarchy as a socio-cultural system in which men are ideologically viewed as inherently dominant over women, regardless of abilities, and therefore belong in positions of power and authority over them. Women in this worldview are viewed...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Speech on Gratitude in Action

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in San Jose on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 as part of the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service. Quranic verse on Gratitude Wa Laqad ‘Ātaynā Luqmāna Al-Ĥikmata ‘Ani Ashkur Lillāh ۚ Wa Man Yashkur Fa’innamā Yashkuru Linafsihi ۖ Wa...

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Muslim Americans Today: Working Together to Combat Hate

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This homily was delivered at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018. Salam alaykum, peace be upon you. Thank you for the invitation to speak during your day of interfaith.  I am honored to be with you this morning. At a time when the daily news...

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Jewish and Muslim Communities Share 20 Year Interfaith Relationship

This interview featuring ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi appeared in the August 2018 issue of JValley Magazine, the official Jewish magazine of Silicon Valley. At a time when we seem to be bombarded by one negative message after another, it’s reassuring to know that there is a lot of good going on in Silicon Valley...

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