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05/02/11 – ING responds to Osama Bin Laden’s death with a sense of hope that a dark chapter in the history of the world may now come to a close. For too long Bin Laden’s actions and rhetoric have created a threat to the lives and security of all people of the world, in violation of Islamic teachings that clearly condemn terrorism and unequivocally forbid the targeting of civilians and indiscriminate violence.
We hope that this brings closure for the families whose loved ones lost their lives on 9/11/01 as well as in previous and subsequent terrorist attacks in other parts of the world.
Bin Laden’s tactics of indiscriminate violence and hate were rejected by the vast majority of Muslims and condemned repeatedly by Muslim leaders and organizations both here at home and abroad. Millions of Arabs and Muslims have chosen peaceful protests as their path to change and reform in the last few months, a path which made Bin Laden irrelevant long before his death. Now with the Arab revolutions and aspirations for democracy in the Middle East, the ideology and methodology of al Qaeda will hopefully also soon be obsolete.
It is important to note as President Obama emphasized in his address to the nation “that the United States is not—and never will be—at war with Islam…Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.”
“We hope this begins a new day of peace and dialogue for the nation and the world and help end the cycle of violence and hate,” said Maha Elgenaidi, president of ING. “We reaffirm ING’s continued dedication to its mission of promoting religious literacy and understanding, and working with our allies and partners towards increasing mutual respect and nurturing peaceful communities.”
May 7, ING Webinar on Addressing Shariah Questions
ING is hosting a webinar on May 7 at 10 am PST to address Shariah-related questions in light of the ‘shariah creep’ fears that are currently being propagated in the public arena. The training will review key issues and points through a PowerPoint presentation and will address answers to likely questions for speakers about Islam or anyone interested in the topic. The overview will be conducted by ING director Ameena Jandali and content manager Haroon Moghul.
Registration required: Register.
(Note: The webinar is free, but you must select the payment option ‘check’ at the bottom of the registration page.)
May 19, ING Hosts Launch of the Book
I Speak for Myself
In partnership with the Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, ING is proud to host the book launch of I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. A ground breaking book that has received accolades from the likes of Queen Noor; Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core; Dalia Mogahed of Gallup; and Muhammad Yunus, Nobel laureate.
“We are women. Muslim. American. Women. We share one of many American faiths—a faith that is the fastest growing in the world, with more than 1.5 billion followers. We are committed to our faith as much as we are bound to our national identity. We speak for ourselves.”
Jameelah Medina, author & Oprah Magazine’s list of eighty women leaders of the future
Rabea Chaudhry, published artist (New Orleans Museum of African American Art and History), attorney, and writer (Journal of Islamic Near Eastern Law and The National)
May Alhassen, activist (researcher for the Malcom X project)
Souheila Al-Jadda, award-winning television producer and journalist (George Foster Peabody Award; global expert for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)
Date: May 19, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: Santa Clara University (please check ING website for updates about specific location)