Posts By: Maha Elgenaidi

Religious Freedom and American Muslims Today

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the California Vision 2020 conference in Sacramento on Saturday, September 23, 2017. You can watch a video of Maha’s remarks here. Introduction Religious freedom is the first right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and the Founding Fathers saw it as fundamental to their vision...

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Education and Peer-to-Peer Engagement Curb Religion-based Bullying

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Bullying is a fact of life for too many students. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over one quarter of middle and high school students are bullied at least once over the course of the school year. For...

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Maha Elgenaidi’s Speech at Interfaith Gathering for Peace

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering for Peace on August 27th, 2017 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. You can watch a video of her speech here. As we come together to celebrate our diversity and build relationships of peace and love across all that might divide us,...

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Maha Elgenaidi’s Remarks at Interfaith Gathering Against Hate

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering Against Hate on August 25th, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. You can watch a video of Maha’s speech here and read a longer article about the event here. While I don’t hold the titles of my esteemed co-panelists, I am...

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Bay Area Muslims Condemn Attacks on Coptic Christians

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Every day, millions of Americans of all faiths and none give thanks for our Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. And when the news turns dark and violence leads the headlines, we...

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Blessing the Bread – Remarks at PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference on April 7th, 2017. Like the Torah, the Quran teaches that when the children of Israel were suffering from hunger and thirst, Moses prayed to God and God answered his prayers with food from heaven. The Qur’an says: “And...

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