Staff Insights

“A Mercy to All of Creation” Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

By Zachary Markwith, Education Director October 17, 2021 This week many Muslims in the US and around the world are celebrating the Mawlid or birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Sunnis will observe the Mawlid beginning on the evening of Monday, October 18th, while Shi‘a will commemorate… Read More

The Lingering Impact of 9/11, 20 years later

This opinion originally appeared in Medium. By Nisa Sheikh, Programs Manager August 16, 2021 My first day of 8th grade fell on 9/11/2001. I was starting the school year a couple of days late. My parents had gotten an exception from my principal because we were on a… Read More

Do Not Cause Harm and Do Not Reciprocate Harm: Reflections on 9/11 from a Muslim American

This opinion originally appeared in Medium. By Zachary Markwith, Education Director August 16, 2021 The Prophet Muhammad instructed, “Do not cause harm and do not reciprocate harm.” Applied to the September 11th attacks, the first part of this saying clearly condemns the merciless acts that killed nearly… Read More

Reaffirming the Values that Guide Our Work

By Maha Elgenaidi, founder and Chief Innovation Officer March 23, 2021 In the past several days, we have learned that ING’s participation at a recent California Department of Education board meeting —where the adoption of a model ethnic studies curriculum, the first of its kind in the nation, was approved… Read More

ING founder Maha Elgenaidi’s comments at the California State Board of Education on the model curriculum on ethnic studies

By Maha Elgenaidi, founder and Chief Innovation Officer March 18, 2021 Good morning. Thank you State Superintendent Thurmond for the invitation to speak with you all today.  Based on AB 2016, we are very happy to see the first version of the ethnic studies model curriculum being voted on today. This… Read More

Liberals Should Listen to Muslim Voices Instead of Those Who Speak for Them

By Maha Elgenaidi, founder and Chief Innovation Officer February 19, 2021 Islamophobia is essentially an instrument of colonialism; an instrument that was used historically to subjugate the colonized by portraying them as barbarians or primitives needing civilizing, or in the present day, to suppress Muslim populations in various ways including… Read More

Black Muslim History is American History

By Rahimeh Ramezany, Program Manager “And among the signs of God is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and colors. Indeed, in that are signs for those who know.” (Qur’an 49:13) Greetings of peace, On May 25, 2020 an African American man… Read More

Providing Generation Z the Structure to Discuss Faith

By Tabassum Haleem, CEO February 5, 2021 Teachers are in the privileged position of being trend watchers, historians and even agents for social change. Year after year, they work with a different cohort of students for an entire semester, maybe even a year. They have a front row seat to… Read More

Virtuous Activism: Friday Reflection for ISNA

By Maha Elgenaidi, founder and Chief Innovation Officer January 22, 2021 This speech was delivered online to audiences at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on Friday, January 22nd, 2021. View the recording on YouTube.  Bism Allah ar-Rahman ar-raheem.  In the name of God, the Compassionate,… Read More

Does the Muslim American Community Have a Problem with Intra-Muslim Racism?

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. It’s hard for a community that feels under siege from Islamophobia to admit that it has a problem with racism and bigotry within its ranks; it’s hard, but necessary. Our Muslim American community must be united to respond effectively to bigotry directed against us, especially… Read More
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