Staff Blog

Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets exemplify schoolyard bullying

By INGYouth Manager Ishaq Pathan This article originally appeared in USA Today. This week I awoke to news that the president of the United States was retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda videos, the same kind of hateful content trafficked by well-known anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigots. The videos appear in three retweets from the deputy leader of Britain First,...

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Interfaith effort in Menlo Park seeks to unite what political rhetoric divides

By Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Our country is living through a time of intense polarization and suspicion — especially in regard to Muslims. Efforts to restrict Muslims’ travel and immigration, and proposals to register Muslims and surveil mosques, bear witness to deep-seated fears and divisions that...

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In Defense of Traveling Hopefully

By Hank Millstein, Content Manager and Programs Analyst “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, and I in part believe him. Only in part, of course; I’m a Christian, and so believe that at the end of all our traveling is indeed something to be hoped for, a...

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At the darkest times, believers turn to scripture for hope and solace

By Programs Associate Heena Haiderali This reflection on the topic of hope was delivered at the 3rd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in San Jose on November 19th, 2017. You can watch a video of Heena’s speech here. This year has been challenging on many levels, from hurricanes in...

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Gratitude in Islam

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director Delivered at an interfaith youth event on “Gratitude in Islam” at the South Bay Islamic Association on November 18th, 2017. You can watch an excerpt from the speech here. Salam alaikum everyone. I want to start with a funny story that has a serious point. Once upon a time, a...

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Toward Muslim-Jewish Understanding

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This speech was delivered at the public symposium “A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding” at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center on November 5th, 2017. Now I want to bring the topic of Muslim-Jewish relations into the present. Islamic Networks Group, the...

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A Muslim Response to Anti-Semitism

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This speech was presented at a special Tent of Abraham event at Temple Beth El in Aptos, California on October 29th, 2017 There’s no question we’ve seen a sharp uptick in anti-Semitism over the past year. The Anti-Defamation League has reported that an unprecedented 167 bomb threats have been made...

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Religious literacy can fix the faulty foundation beneath Trump’s Muslim ban

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This article originally appeared at Religion News Service. The judicial system has dealt a third legal defeat to President Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, instituting a temporary restraining order and injunction to block its implementation. The courts brought up the question of intent by noting public statements by then-candidate...

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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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