Hajj Begins | So-Long to Our Summer Interns | Upcoming ING Talks

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This Week, We Say So-Long to Our Wonderful Summer 2018 Interns

(Pictured from L to R, Tuvya, Nastaran, Meriem, Muhammed, Amber, Zain, Imaan, Hana, Banafsheh)

An incredible group of nine interns joined us at ING headquarters this summer to tackle a variety of projects. This week marks the end of their internships, and while we’re sad to see them go, we’re so thankful for their work and excited to see where they go next. Here’s a spotlight on the projects our interns completed:

  • Tuvya helped craft messaging for our Muslim ban response and led a project with Imaan, Zaid, and Banafsheh to create a new Islamophobia presentation, which we’re releasing soon.
  • Amber helped with grantwriting/research and other development work that has been invaluable to our fundraising efforts.
  • Nastaran designed a storytelling concept for use by ING speakers and affiliates.
  • Meriem and Hana worked on the Know Your Neighbor: Share Your American Story campaign, helping with publicity and content.
  • Mohammed created a new youth-focused Islamophobia presentation, which we’re releasing soon.

Encourage your children or students ages 14-25 to apply now for Summer 2019 internships. Check out our site for more information

Hajj Begins: Learn More With Our Info Sheet

Once in a lifetime, every adult Muslim with the physical and financial ability should make a pilgrimage (Hajj) to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Ka’bah, located in Mecca and pictured above, is the focal point of the Hajj, as well as the direction towards which Muslims pray throughout the year. Muslims believe it was built by the Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael, who consecrated it as the first house of worship of the One God.
The pilgrimage takes place during Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar Islamic calendar which began earlier this week. The principal activities of Hajj in 2018, including the festival of Eid ul-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice), take place from August 19th-24th. You can learn more about Hajj and Eid with our information sheet.

Upcoming Featured ING Events

Back to School Anti-Bullying Webinar Series

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and special guest speakers for a series of anti-bullying webinars on Countering Islamophobia in Schools. Each webinar is 30-60 minutes long. The first installment kicked off on August 16th. The three webinars will cover:

  • Student and Parental Rights & Accommodations (Thursday, August 16th) with Habeeb Quadri, Zahra Billoo, and Ishaq Pathan
  • Muslim Student Experiences & Peer-to-Peer Education (Wednesday, September 5th) with Dalia Mogahed and Ishaq Pathan
  • Reporting and Countering Islamophobia (Thursday, October 11th) with Zahra Billoo and Ishaq Pathan

American Muslims in Today’s Political Environment:
August 24th in Saratoga

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will address the current political environment for Muslims in the United States and engage in conversation on frequently asked questions about Islam.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith:
August 30th in San Francisco

At an upcoming presentation, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will discuss common terminology used by Muslims while outlining their traditions and practices. She will also give an overview of Muslim history in the United States, including notable contemporary American Muslims.


Highlights of Past ING Events

ING Hosts Israeli and Palestinian Students from Debate for Peace Program

The ING office recently hosted a visiting group from Debate for Peace, a unique conflict resolution and youth empowerment program for teenaged Israeli and Palestinian students who are interested in diplomacy and international relations. Through the program, the students learn from one another and develop deep friendships that allow them to discuss and debate civilly. ING staff discussed the current political climate in America and the importance of civil conversations in our work. A few of our INGYouth speakers will join them this weekend to continue that dialogue.