Get Ready for the New School Year, Join us for Upcoming Muslim Teen Speakers Training to Counter Islamophobia

ING will be co-hosting a series of workshops with the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) in San Jose to certify Muslim youth to speak about their faith and supplement education about Islam and Muslims in schools. Join us on September 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM for a workshop on teen empowerment in schools. Our second workshop on September 13thfrom 4:30-6:30 PM will train teens with skills and tools to counter Islamophobia through education. After this training, students can choose to go through a certification process to develop their skills even further and join a cohort of INGYouth speakers across the country. The certification process will continue on September 20th and September 27th. Register for the program here.

Other Muslim Teen Speakers Trainings at High Schools

ING is also co-hosting two additional INGYouth speakers trainings at high schools on August 23rd at MCA Granada High School and September 24th at a public high school in the East Bay for Muslim students. If you are interested in attending, please email Ishaq Pathan at [email protected].
If you’re interested in hosting the same training at your mosque or school, contact us at [email protected].

Join us for “Sharing Our Sacred Texts:
Moses and The Exodus Story”

ING, the Pacifica Institute and Congregation Etz Chayim are hosting an event titled “Sharing Our Sacred Texts: Moses and The Exodus Story” this Monday, July 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Congregation Etz Chayim. Come learn about the shared story of the Exodus which is found in both the Torah and the Qur’an and the importance of Prophet Moses or Musa in both of these faiths. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn together and share the common lineage between these faiths while looking at the different ways their sacred texts view Moses and the Exodus story. Desserts, coffee, and tea will be served. RSVP here.


Upcoming Events

Friday, July 26th, 2019:
  • Working with Our Neighbors: Muslim, Jews, and Sikhs, Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department, San Jose, CA. Find more information here.
  • History of Islam in the East Bay, Lighthouse Mosque, Berkeley, CA. Find more information here.
Sunday, July 28th, 2019:
  • Faith Matters Interfaith Panel, KSQD 90.7 FM Santa Cruz Radio Station. Find more information here.
Thursday, August 1st, 2019:
  • Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment, Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019:
  • Religion and Pluralism, The Bill Wilson Center, Santa Clara, CA. Find more information here.
Sunday, August 11th, 2019:
  • The Influence of Islam on Gandhi and Lessons in Co-Existence and Peaceful Living, India Community Center, Milpitas, CA. Find more information here.
  • Faith Matters Interfaith Panel, KSQD 90.7 FM Santa Cruz Radio Station. Find more information here.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019:
  • Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment, Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here.
If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming events, please write to [email protected].

Highlights of Past Events

Multi-faith Police Training on Working with
Our Neighbors: Muslims, Jews and Sikhs

ING organized a multi-faith police training for the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department titled “Working with Our Neighbors: Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs.” In two parts, the training first addressed demographics and challenges faced by the three community groups, which was followed by cultural literacy training for police officers that included an orientation on traditions and practices of the three communities and best practices for non-crisis interactions. Speaking alongside police trainer and ING executive director Maha Elgenaidi were Rabbi Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash, and Nirvair Singh of The Sikh Coalition. The training continues through Friday of this week. If you’re interested in the same type of training for your local police department, write to [email protected].

Chaplaincy Institute Students Appreciated
ING’s Seminar on Supporting Muslim Patients

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan presented our healthcare seminar on accommodating Muslim patients to students at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley. Throughout the presentation, he outlined important tenants of faith for Muslims and the ways in which they manifest in the hospital. He spoke about the unique abilities of the chaplain to serve as an intermediary between a patient and healthcare professionals on faith-based accommodations. To book a cultural diversity seminar for healthcare workers visit our site.

ING Spoke with High School Students About
Bullying as part of Takalam Summer Institute

ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan spoke to a group of Muslim students high school students in Oakland about their school experiences and ways to respond to the challenges they are facing. These students are part of the Takalam summer program, which equips young Muslim students with filmmaking skills to find their narrative voice. To request a workshop on teen empowerment, please email Ishaq Pathan at [email protected].


Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.