Staff Blog

Muslim Americans Today: Working Together to Combat Hate

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This homily was delivered at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018. Salam alaykum, peace be upon you. Thank you for the invitation to speak during your day of interfaith.  I am honored to be with you this morning. At a time when the daily news...

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Jewish and Muslim Communities Share 20 Year Interfaith Relationship

This interview featuring ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi appeared in the August 2018 issue of JValley Magazine, the official Jewish magazine of Silicon Valley. At a time when we seem to be bombarded by one negative message after another, it’s reassuring to know that there is a lot of good going on in Silicon Valley...

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How can we improve our Islamic schools?

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was originally presented at the 19th Annual ISNA Education Forum’s Celebration Banquet on March 31st, 2018 in Rosemont, Illinois. A modified version appeared in the July/August 2018 edition of ISNA’s Islamic Horizons magazine. The United States has a network of at least 270 full-time Islamic schools, almost as...

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Finding home in America is difficult these days

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. On this fourth of July, finding home for immigrants and minorities in the current political environment is a difficult conversation. While immigrants like me know we are home in the United States, some of our neighbors are questioning whether we really belong.  The...

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Supreme Court decision on travel ban promotes bigotry

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. As the executive director of an organization whose mission is to counter Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry, I am deeply disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. This decision sets a dangerous precedent by...

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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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