Upcoming INGYouth Workshops | Happy Diwali

Upcoming INGYouth Workshops on Bullying Prevention
For youth (ages 11-22) and parents

If adults are challenged to respond to the never-ending bad news and stereotypes of Muslims – what about our children who are struggling to understand and maintain their identity?

Upcoming Workshops in the Bay Area: If you have experienced bullying or being made fun of for your faith, our INGYouth workshops will provide you with tools and appropriate responses. Parents and youth who attend will learn about current developments in religiously-motivated discrimination and how to take action.

November 8, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Muslim Community Center, East Bay
5724 W Las Positas Blvd
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Click here to register

December 13, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Islamic Society of East Bay – Fremont
33330 Peace Terrace
Fremont, CA 94555
Click here to register

January 10, 2015
West Valley Muslim Association – Saratoga
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
12260 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070

Need an internship? We need you!

We’re looking for enthusiastic interns to join in delivering our new Youth Program. Contact us today.

ING Statement on Canadian Parliament Shooting

ING and similar organizations cannot, by ourselves, keep youth from alienation and despair. But we can and do act to counter the ignorance of genuine Islam that makes individuals susceptible to the blandishments of extremists.


ING Presentations in Multiple
Venues Across Bay Area

The last two weeks were busy for ING speakers as they delivered multiple presentations across the Bay Area. Many of the visits featured presentations to all of a school’s seventh graders, including Muslim Contributions to Civilization and Exploring Muslim Traditions and Practices by ING speakers Kushroo Shaikh, Ismael Nass, Sobia, Sobia Sultan and others. In the past week, these speakers and others reached over 860 students.

ING founder Maha Elgenaidi described the climate and proliferation of anti-Muslim hate via social media to a group of 200 engineers during a presentation titled “Gaza and Perceptions: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online” at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. ING speaker Ameena Jandali presented ING’s history and interfaith initiatives at a gathering titled The Change-Makers Next Door. She also delivered Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes to two classes at St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco and Getting to Know American Muslims and their Faith to a group of seminary students who will be traveling to Indonesia in a class at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

On October 16, veteran ING speaker Ismael Nass spoke at a Stanford event on the topic of ISIS, citing the many ways that their actions counter Islamic teachings.


ING Affiliate Speaker Elected as Mosque President

Dua Alwan, a long-time speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Southern California, was elected president of one of Southern California’s largest mosques, the Islamic Society of Orange County. Dua is the second ING-national female speaker
to be elected president of their mosque, following the recent election of Shakila Ahmad as the first female leader of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. Congratulations to both of them!

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Southern California was featured recently in an article: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Religious Studies Students Learn About Women in Islam

Happy Diwali!

Beginning this Thursday, October 23rd, many Hindus, Jains and Sikhs will begin celebrating Diwali (Deepavali), following the festivals of Navratri and Dussehra.

Hinduism Today magazine has produced a wonderful PDF about Diwali. The Hindu American Foundation has also published a Diwali toolkit focused on how Diwali can be taught in schools.

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