Staff Insights

National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health Speech

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service’s interfaith event for the National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health on October 3rd, 2017. I want to thank the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Service for inviting our organization, Islamic… Read More

Presidential Proclamation on “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes” Motivated by Ignorance of the “Other”

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director and Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. Islamic Networks Group and its affiliates across the country don’t often engage with overtly political themes like the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to curtail entry into the United States. But on a daily… Read More

Religious Freedom and American Muslims Today

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the California Vision 2020 conference in Sacramento on Saturday, September 23, 2017. You can watch a video of Maha’s remarks here. Introduction Religious freedom is the first right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and the Founding… Read More

When The Muslim And Jewish New Years Collide

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director and Terry Fletcher, ING Interfaith Speakers Bureau member. This opinion originally appeared at The Forward. This year both the Jewish New Year and the Islamic New Year will fall on the same day. With both faiths beginning their days at sunset, the… Read More

Education and Peer-to-Peer Engagement Curb Religion-based Bullying

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Bullying is a fact of life for too many students. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over one quarter of middle and high school students are bullied at least once… Read More

Local Interfaith Initiative Aims to Dispel Prejudice

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Manager. This opinion originally appeared at San Jose Inside. You may have heard the term “interfaith” in recent years. Maybe your house of worship engaged with another of a different tradition for a potluck dinner, or maybe your neighbor… Read More

The Story of Abraham and Hajar: Radical Hope in God and Our Responsibilities to Each Other

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a special interfaith Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. A video of Maha’s speech is available here. Shalom, Salam, and peace be with you. I am honored to be here with you tonight… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Speech at Interfaith Gathering for Peace

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering for Peace on August 27th, 2017 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. You can watch a video of her speech here. As we come together to celebrate our diversity and build relationships of peace… Read More

The Sacrifices of Hajar and Ismail – A Hajj Parable of Radical Hope for Modern Times

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos AltMuslim. A few weeks ago when a man on a motorcycle pulled up alongside me and shouted “Seig heil!” I was unusually at a loss for words. I realized in that moment that there was nothing… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Remarks at Interfaith Gathering Against Hate

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering Against Hate on August 25th, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. You can watch a video of Maha’s speech here and read a longer article about the event here. While I… Read More
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