Staff Insights

Bay Area Muslims Condemn Attacks on Coptic Christians

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Every day, millions of Americans of all faiths and none give thanks for our Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. And when the news… Read More

Bay Area Muslims Decry Palm Sunday Violence and Call for Interfaith Unity for Human Rights

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, and Hamza Yusuf Hanson, President of Zaytuna College. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Last weekend, as Christians observed Palm Sunday, powerful bomb blasts struck Coptic Christian churches in Egypt in an assault claimed by ISIS. The… Read More

Holy Week for Abrahamic Religions, Faiths Urge Continued Resistance to ISIS

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator; Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst; and Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. This week is sacred for the Abrahamic traditions and offers a beautiful opportunity to renew the historical bonds that have connected… Read More

Blessing the Bread – Remarks at PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference on April 7th, 2017. Like the Torah, the Quran teaches that when the children of Israel were suffering from hunger and thirst, Moses prayed to God and God answered his prayers with food from… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Opening Remarks for the 2017 Halaqa-Seder Dinner at Congregation Beth Jacob, April 2, 2017

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a Halaqa-Seder Dinner at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City on April 2, 2017. Learn more about the Halaqa-Seder program here. Salam alaikum, shalom alaichem and greetings of peace. My name is Maha Elgenaidi and I’m… Read More

Esther and Asiya: Bold Women in the Jewish and Muslim Tradition

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at Shabbat services at Kol Emeth Conservative synagogue in Palo Alto on Purim 5777, Saturday, March 11th, 2017. Shalom and Salam. I’m deeply honored to have been invited to speak to you this morning on the day that you celebrate Purim,… Read More

Revised Travel Ban Can’t Promise A Safer America, But It Can Promise to Make Muslim Americans Feel Less Safe

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator. This opinion was originally appeared at the Huffington Post. “Are my mom and dad terrorists?”A seven year-old Muslim boy raised his hand and asked this question at a public town hall in Houston following the presidential election. He sought some reassurance because… Read More

Thanks for Standing Up for Muslims — And for America

By Ishaq Pathan, INGYouth Coordinator. This speech was delivered at the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees rally held in Mountain View, CA. My dear Jewish sisters and brothers, I want to thank you, as a Muslim, and on behalf of Maha Elgenaidi and of all… Read More

More People of Faith Need to Speak Up

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. We as a society are in a tumultuous moment—not only politically but morally. Millions of people find the actions of the Administration, and of Congress also, deeply immoral, and they are taking to the streets to voice their… Read More

How a Bible Belt Christian found herself working for a Muslim organization

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Working for a Muslim organization enables me to both honor my Christian faith and my American citizenship. As American-Muslims face continue to face Islamophobic rhetoric and increased bigotry and discriminatory policies from our President,… Read More
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