Posts By: Maha Elgenaidi

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...

Read More

Esther and Asiya: Bold Women in the Jewish and Muslim Tradition

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at Shabbat services at Kol Emeth Conservative synagogue in Palo Alto on Purim 5777, Saturday, March 11th, 2017. Shalom and Salam. I’m deeply honored to have been invited to speak to you this morning on the day that you celebrate Purim, a festive remembrance of one...

Read More

More People of Faith Need to Speak Up

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. We as a society are in a tumultuous moment—not only politically but morally. Millions of people find the actions of the Administration, and of Congress also, deeply immoral, and they are taking to the streets to voice their discontent. People of faith, individually...

Read More

Women’s Marchers Affirmed the Rights of American Muslims, Too

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, and Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Last Saturday, we were privileged to address thousands of peaceful protesters at the Women’s Marches in San Jose and San Francisco. Together, we made a powerful statement against bigotry and hate. [Watch Maha’s speech here]...

Read More

ING CEO Maha Elgenaidi’s Speech at the San Jose Women’s March

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Women’s March in San Jose on January 21, 2017. Salam alaikum, Shalom, and peace be unto you. I am honored to be with all of you today representing the American Muslim community. Attending today are three South Bay mosques including the Muslim Community Association,...

Read More

Respond to hate with love

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, Dana Magat, Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, and Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. This opinion appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. As faith and non-profit leaders, we are deeply troubled by the increase in hate crimes in recent weeks. We want to point to...

Read More

In the Battle Against Islamophobia, We Must Stand with Interfaith Partners

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. If anyone doubts the strength of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., a poll taken last week by YouGov should settle the issue. It revealed that 51 percent of Americans support a presidential candidate’s proposal to bar all Muslims (except U.S. citizens) from entering the...

Read More

Muslims and Nostra Aetate: Fifty Years of Rapprochement

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. The Vatican II document Nostra Aetate marked a watershed in the relationship of Catholics toward Muslims. For the first time, a major church document broke with the old missionizing and Orientalist way of looking at Muslims and spoke of these fellow Abrahamic believers...

Read More

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at iSLAMiCommentary. “We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter-religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this country.” — Maha Elgenaidi, CEO of Islamic Networks...

Read More