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ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi published an article in the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) magazine this week emphasizing the importance of American Christian support for religious liberty for Muslims and, indeed, all Americans. You can read the full article at Maha’s blog. The BJC, a member of ING’s Know Your Neighbor program, is a faith-based agency devoted to religious liberty and the institutional separation of church and state.
Religion News Service: In the US, Muslims Are Making
Slow Inroads Toward A Greener Ramadan
The Religion News Service published an in-depth look at how American Muslims are observing Ramadan with an eye to environmental conservation, especially in reducing food waste during iftar dinners. ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali discusses some of those efforts and the Ramadan hunger awareness campaign in the article, which you can read in full at Religion News Service.
Episcopalians Help Muslims Break Their Daily Fast
at Interfaith Iftar Dinners During Ramadan
In addition to the Bay Area Muslim community’s hunger awareness campaign, ING is also participating in the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign’s “United States of Love Over Hate Ramadan Supper Series” project (more info below in interfaith iftars section). The Episcopal News Service, the official news source for the Episcopal Church, reported on a recent interfaith iftar which highlighted ING’s educational resources. You can read the article here.
Ramadan Hunger Campaign on NBC Bay Area
San Francisco’s Channel 11, a local NBC affiliate, ran an extensive article to mark the start of Ramadan and the Bay Area Muslim community’s hunger awareness campaign being steered by ING and area mosques. You can read it here.
Pray Without Ceasing: ING Community
Engagement Manager at the Episcopal Cafe
The Episcopal Cafe, one of the Episcopal Church’s largest media outlets, recently re-published an article by ING Community Engagement Manager Kate Chance where she reflects on Muslim and Christian prayer practices. You can read the full article here.
ING’s 25 American Muslim Heroes
We were so inspired by CNN’s recent 25 Influential American Muslims project that we created our 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 affiliated speakers bureaus that mirror in their regions the work done locally by Islamic Networks Group (ING) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check them out here.
Join Us At Bay Area Interfaith Iftars
Ramadan is often a time of increased outreach, when Muslims look to their wider communities to invite people of all faiths and none to iftar (breaking of the Ramadan fast) dinners at their mosques. If you’ve never attended an iftar dinner, we highly encourage you to do so, and we’ve highlighted a few options below. The hunger awareness campaign page contains a full list.
If you’re not in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out our Know Your neighbor program partner Shoulder to Shoulder’s “United States of Love Over Hate Ramadan Supper Series” project, which lists interfaith iftars around the country. We hope to see you for dinner!
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will join an interfaith panel for the San Francisco Ramadan Dinner hosted by the Pacifica Institute and Calvary Presbyterian Church.
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will be the guest speaker for the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California’s annual Ramadan Interfaith Open House. The open house features an iftar (fast-breaking) celebration where Maha will offer her reflection on spiritual and physical hunger during Ramadan.
Other Upcoming ING Events:
Getting to Know American Muslims for JFK University:
May 24th in Pleasant Hill
ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith,” one of ING’s core presentations, for the students of John F. Kennedy University.
What Do American Muslims Believe?
May 31st in Los Altos
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will discuss American Muslims in the current political environment for the Los Altos Rotary Club.
ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will speak about Islamic perspectives on the concept of sanctuary at the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity’s 2018 Sanctuary Convening.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in San Mateo will host ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi for a special presentation on American Muslims in the current political environment.
Past Event Highlights:
How Do Hospital Chaplains Serve Fasting Patients?
Physicians are key in effectively navigating Ramadan for fasting patients and their families. No less important are hospital chaplains, who often serve as advocates for the people in need of their services. Content Manager Ameena Jandali spoke about Ramadan and how to support fasting patients for a group of chaplains and other staff at Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco where they had prepared dates and fliers to pass out to fasting patients or visitors. Visit our site to view ING’s special PowerPoint presentation on Ramadan.
INGYouth Speakers Help Classmates Understand
Islam Through Peer-to-Peer Education
Peer-to-peer education and engagement are incredibly powerful tools for dispelling negative stereotypes of Muslims. In schools, the effect is even more powerful. Here’s INGYouth Speaker Hanan presenting to an audience of her own classmates and answering all of their questions about Islam and Muslims. By the end of the day, Hanan had spoken to 5 honors classes for a total of 180 students. Learn more about what the INGYouth Speakers are up to at our site.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host the Contemporary Muslim Fashion Exhibition in September 2018. In preparation, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali delivered an overview of Islam as well as an examination of contemporary and historical Muslim women for the docents at the Legion of Honor to help familiarize them with the topic. You can schedule a similar presentation of “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes” at our site.