Staff Insights

Recognizing the Unsung Sheroes of Women’s History Month

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos. Women from time immemorial have been the foundation and sustainers of life and society, giving birth, raising the next generation, preparing the food that keeps us all alive and often risking everything for the welfare of… Read More

Why working for the Muslim community is the most Christlike aspect of my life

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Manager. This opinion originally appeared at the Christian Citizen. As a cradle Episcopalian, I was raised with a mentality that loving my neighbor and caring for others in my community should be the heart of my faith. Social justice has always been… Read More

American Muslim Teens Speak Out Against School Violence

This opinion appeared at the ING blog. These days, story after story emerges of violence occurring in schools. Whether it’s the result of guns or a few students throwing punches, our schools are not the safe places we would like them to be. Our INGYouth Speakers are a… Read More

Muslim women don’t need saving from their religion

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at Religion News Service. In an average week, I deliver presentations to hundreds of people on various topics related to Islam and Muslims. Oftentimes, such presentations yield real changes in public perception of Muslims, but almost as often,… Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Being A Good Neighbor

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Shia Association of the Bay Area (SABA)’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Event on January 14, 2018. Salam alaykum, Martin Luther King, Jr., said about neighbors: “The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she… Read More

Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets exemplify schoolyard bullying

By Ishaq Pathan, INGYouth Manager. This opinion originally appeared in USA Today. This week I awoke to news that the president of the United States was retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda videos, the same kind of hateful content trafficked by well-known anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigots. The videos appear in three… Read More

Interfaith effort in Menlo Park seeks to unite what political rhetoric divides

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Our country is living through a time of intense polarization and suspicion — especially in regard to Muslims. Efforts to restrict Muslims’ travel and immigration, and proposals to register Muslims and surveil mosques,… Read More

In Defense of Traveling Hopefully

By Hank Millstein, Content Manager and Programs Analyst. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, and I in part believe him. Only in part, of course; I’m a Christian, and so believe that at the end… Read More

At the darkest times, believers turn to scripture for hope and solace

By Heena Haiderali, Programs Associate. This speech was delivered at the 3rd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in San Jose on November 19th, 2017. You can watch a video of Heena’s speech here. This year has been challenging on many levels,… Read More

Gratitude in Islam

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at an interfaith youth event on “Gratitude in Islam” at the South Bay Islamic Association on November 18th, 2017. You can watch an excerpt from the speech here. Salam alaikum everyone. I want to start with a funny… Read More
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