Staff Blog

Bay Area Muslims Took on Hunger this Ramadan

By Ameena Jandali, Content Manager Inspired by a call by the local PICO chapter, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), for each religious community to take up a social justice issue this year, ING volunteered to address the persistent problem of hunger this Ramadan, since one of the major lessons of the month is a...

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ING’s 25 Heroes

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director I was so inspired by the 25 Influential American Muslims project produced by CNN recently that I thought I would highlight my own list of influential Muslim leaders. With the exception of Ameena Jandali, who is our content manager and founding member at our home office, they’re all directors of...

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Today’s “White Person’s Burden”: To Counter Racism

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This opinion appeared at the ING blog. After decades of leading a national nonprofit that counters bigotry through education, I am now firmly convinced that we need new partners to overcome racism, Islamophobia, and exclusivist thinking in our nation. So far, we have been treating the disease of ignorance through...

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Islam is not a country: the hidden assumption that all Muslims are the same

By Ameena Jandali, Content Manager This opinion appeared at the ING blog. As President Trump’s travel ban directed against mainly Muslim-majority countries was challenged once again before the United States Supreme Court this week, a slip of the tongue has brought some humorous relief to a tense and controversial topic.   On Wednesday, during his...

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Is Islam a country or a religion? How can we tell the difference?

By Heena Haiderali, Programs Associate This opinion appeared at the ING blog. After 6 months of working at Islamic Networks Group, a nonprofit aimed at improving religious literacy across the country while combatting Islamophobia, I finally feel moved to write about my religion — Islam. Because, seriously? We’ve got some issues with how Islam is...

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During Lent, a Christian tries praying 5 times a day

By Kate Chance, Community Engagement Manager. This opinion originally appeared at Religion News Service. While working in the Muslim community the past few years, I’ve grown to question why, as a Christian, I don’t pray more often. For my Muslim friends, their five daily prayers, or salat, are about ritual and commitment, not about asking...

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Holy Week, Passover, and Rajab: On our responsibilities toward the stranger

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a Maundy Thursday foot-washing ceremony in Morgan Hill on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. Salam alaykum/peace be unto you. We are standing here together during a sacred time in many faiths. For Muslims, we are in the month of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic...

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Recognizing the Unsung Sheroes of Women’s History Month

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. Women from time immemorial have been the foundation and sustainers of life and society, giving birth, raising the next generation, preparing the food that keeps us all alive and often risking everything for the welfare of family and society — underappreciated yet vital actions....

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