Salams/Greetings of peace:

It’s hard for a community that feels under siege due to Islamophobia to admit it that has a problem with racism and bigotry within its ranks. It is a difficult but necessary task. Such a community must be united to have an effective response to bigotry directed against it especially when the vast majority of its members are considered people of color, or non-white. As we all have seen in recent months, in the U.S., racism is the major obstacle to unity. That’s why as founder and executive director of Islamic Networks Group (ING), I felt compelled to develop a webinar series on intra-Muslim racism titled, Educating Ourselves: Expanding the Muslim American Experience Beyond the Immigrant Story.

The fourth segment was held last night on Wednesday August 26th, which you may view here. You may also read my latest blog post which suggests survey questions to determine the level of intra-Muslim racism in your local Muslim community.

Racism in Muslim American Communities: San Francisco Bay Area Example

It is undeniable that we live in a society in which racism has shaped the attitudes of people of all backgrounds, including Muslim American communities, where each ethnic group has developed biases towards other groups. To equip us to do our part to counter all forms of racism, this webinar features notable African American imams and activists discussing some of the different types of racism they have encountered in the larger Muslim community as well as the general ignorance about the long history of African Americans in America, the normalization of American Islam as an “immigrant experience,” and factors behind the separation of immigrant and African American mosques and communities.

Posted by Islamic Networks Group – ING on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Don’t miss our final part of the series on Wednesday September 9th on Calls to Action- Countering Internalized Racism, where we will be joined by Imams Zaid Shakir, Faheem Shuaibe, Abu-Qadir Al-Amin, Muhammad Ali, and Dr. Jamilla Karim and Dr. Mansa Bilal King and the ING team.

Register here.

Maha Elgenaidi
Founder and Executive Director
Islamic Networks Group (ING)
3031 Tisch Way, 110 Plaza West
San Jose, CA 95128