Staff Blog

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

Speech delivered by ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi 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 of...

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Thanks for Standing Up for Muslims — And for America

By Ishaq Pathan INGYouth Coordinator This speech was presented at the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees rally held in Mountain View, CA. My dear Jewish sisters and brothers, I want to thank you, as a Muslim, and on behalf of Maha Elgenaidi and of all of ING, and, I’m confident, on behalf of...

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[Editorial] More People of Faith Need to Speak Up

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 and as communities, are prominent among them. But do people of faith...

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How a Bible Belt Christian found herself working for a Muslim organization

By Kate Chance Interfaith Coordinator Working for a Muslim organization enables me to both honor my Christian faith and my American citizenship. As American-Muslims face continue to face Islamophobic rhetoric and increased bigotry and discriminatory policies from our President, I want to share why a woman raised in Bible Belt Florida ended up in a...

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

By Maha Elgenaidi and Ameena Jandali This article 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] After nearly a quarter...

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

Belonging to America by Maha Elgenaidi 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, South Bay...

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Ameena Jandali’s Speech at San Francisco Women’s March

I want to thank the organizers for their great efforts in organizing this rally and march which is being replicated across the Bay, the country, and the world. And thanks to the weather for letting up a bit for today. I want to particularly commend the organization and professionalism of the event, but this is...

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Why We’re Allies of the Muslim Community – Five Short Stories

By Islamic Network Group (ING) Staff Does it make sense that an organization named Islamic Networks Group (ING), whose mission is “to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions,” have a sizable number of staff members (five out of twelve ) who aren’t Muslim? We — the non-Muslim staff...

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“We Belong to Each Other”: Catholics and Muslims in Today’s America

By Henry Millstein, PhD. This Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hit home to me with special force. I found myself at a gathering of some 400 Muslims and Catholics coming together to celebrate their commonalities and pledge to cooperate in protecting civil liberties and promoting social justice. In particular, we Catholics committed ourselves to...

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