Staff Insights

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

Muslim-American Maha Elgenaidi On Advocacy And Experience

Muslim, a new online magazine and an off-shoot of the popular MuslimGirl featured ten prominent Muslim figures who have made an impact within the Muslim American community for their publication launch in the month of Ramadan.  One of them is ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi featured below. This feature… Read More

Sheltering the Spirit During COVID-19

By Ameena Jandali, ING Content Manager, Henry Millstein, Content Manager and Program Analyst, and Bat Sheva Miller, ING Speaker. The coronavirus is taking a toll not only on Americans’ bodies but also on their minds and spirits. A recent study revealed that alcohol and cannabis sales are soaring, along… Read More

Statement from the Executive Director on COVID-19

What an interesting time we live in! It is astonishing to me how something as miniscule as the COVID-19 virus, which is visible only through an electron microscope, can turn our world upside down as it has. As a Muslim, I am reminded of the Quranic verses on the power… Read More

Decolonizing Interreligious Education: The Example of Islamic Networks Group (ING)

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego on Monday, November 25th, 2019. I. Context Good morning. The title of my presentation this morning is decolonizing Interreligious education by using the example of programs by the Islamic Networks Group,… Read More

Beyond Curry and Caliphs: How Advocacy in Education Has Shaped Hindu‐Muslim Relations in the United States

By Henry Millstein, PhD., Content Manager and Analyst. This opinion appeared in the online journal The Muslim World. Since the late 1980s, education advocates have pushed for more multicultural representation in instructional materials. The multicultural education movement emphasized a pedagogical paradigm that shifted away from tolerance… Read More

Celebrating Margaret Jones, Founder of URI Peninsula Circle, 2001-2013

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This memorial speech was delivered at the New Vision United Methodist Church in Millbrae on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 as part of a funeral service for Margaret Jones, founder of URI Peninsula Circle from 2001-2013. I’m deeply honored to be here to celebrate the life… Read More

The Bullying of Religious Minorities in Schools: Consequences and Solutions

By Ameena Jandali and Henry Millstein, Content Managers. This article is published in the January/ February 2019 issue of Social Education Magazine by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS). Bullying is a prevalent and growing problem in American schools, impacting students of all ages and backgrounds. Bullying… Read More
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