Staff Blog

How to end teen bullying from a Muslim who was targeted

By INGYouth Manager Ishaq Pathan This article originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. I was in seventh grade when a fellow classmate remarked, “I wonder how skinny Ishaq would be without the bomb strapped to his chest.” Looking back, I understand how this incident, which attacked both my Muslim identity and weight, along...

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National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health Speech

  By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This speech was delivered at the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service’s interfaith event for the National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health on October 3rd, 2017. I want to thank the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service for inviting our organization, Islamic Networks Group, again this...

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Presidential Proclamation on “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes” Motivated by Ignorance of the “Other”

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director and Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager Islamic Networks Group and its affiliates across the country don’t often engage with overtly political themes like the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to curtail entry into the United States. But on a daily basis, our public speakers and local leaders directly engage with the kind...

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Religious Freedom and American Muslims Today

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

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When The Muslim And Jewish New Years Collide

By Content Director Ameena Jandali and Interfaith Speakers Bureau member Terry Fletcher This article originally appeared at The Forward. This year both the Jewish New Year and the Islamic New Year will fall on the same day. With both faiths beginning their days at sunset, the Islamic New Year will begin the evening of Thursday,...

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

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This article originally appeared on 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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Local Interfaith Initiative Aims to Dispel Prejudice

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Manager This op-ed originally appeared in San Jose Inside. You may have heard the term “interfaith” in recent years. Maybe your house of worship engaged with another of a different tradition for a potluck dinner, or maybe your neighbor belongs to a local interfaith council you occasionally hear about. But as...

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Maha Elgenaidi’s Speech at Interfaith Gathering for Peace

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director As we come together to celebrate our diversity and build relationships of peace and love across all that might divide us, I am reminded of the teachings of the Scriptures of my faith, Islam, that can help guide us along that path. For Muslims, concern with equality in diversity is...

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