Staff Insights

ISIS is the Antithesis of Hajj, the Holy Pilgrimage

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared at TIME. Every year during the time of hajj a feeling of nostalgia overcomes me as the media begins covering one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings. Although I performed hajj almost nine years ago, the experience… Read More

Fewer Americans view Muslims favorably, but the door is wide open to better understanding

Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. A new poll by Zogby Associates, a leading public opinion research firm, has both disquieting and encouraging news about Muslims. Disquieting is the fact that the percentage of Americans viewing Muslims favorably has declined… Read More

Coming in from the Cold: Pew Survey Reveals Continuing Icy Attitudes toward Muslims

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute. The widely respected polling organization took a novel approach,… Read More

Ramadan 2014: Reclaiming the Sacred, Five Uniting Religious Principles

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. As the holy month of Ramadan begins in earnest, we are excited to launch a new series on the First Principles of Religion. Each week during this month, we will provide a detailed reading of each principle, including… Read More

The Secret Power of Interfaith Encounters

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, and Daniel Tutt. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. As a Christian who works closely with the Muslim community, and as a Muslim who was brought back to my own faith by the beauty I found in Judaism and Christianity,… Read More

Combating Islamophobia: Breaking Through the Invisibility Cloak

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, and Dr. Henry Millstein, Content Manager and Analyst. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. “Islamophobia in the West has deep roots, going back to the era of the Crusades. The image of Muslims and Islam as a threatening ‘other’ has long been… Read More

Pope Francis, a New Hope For Muslim-Catholic Relations

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. As an American Muslim activist, it may shock you to find out that I’m absolutely enthralled with the appointment of the new pope. Sure, like many Americans, I am fascinated by the timeless tradition of… Read More

Reflections of ING President on Iftar Dinner with President Obama

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. I had the honor and distinction of sitting at President Obama’s table at the White House iftar dinner on Wednesday, August 10th. The iftar (breaking of fast) dinner is a tradition that was initiated during the Clinton administration… Read More

Civil liberties: Unnecessary humiliation is not “normal”

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. Upon my return to the United States from an overseas trip, I was singled out by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for special screening, and then subjected to personal questioning and a humiliating, invasive search… Read More

Offensive caricatures tantamount to shouting ‘fire’ in crowded theater

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News (link unavailable). Jerry Ceppos’ op-ed article Tuesday (“We must see cartoons to understand furor”) poses interesting questions about why U.S. newspapers have not shown the offensive Danish cartoons. As a Muslim American, I suggest a number… Read More
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