Why We’re Allies of the Muslim Community – Five Short Stories

By Islamic Network Group (ING) Staff

Does it make sense that an organization named Islamic Networks Group (ING), whose mission is “to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions,” have a sizable number of staff members (five out of twelve ) who aren’t Muslim? We — the non-Muslim staff members at ING — think it does, especially in the current climate around Muslims and Islam.

While it is not common, we’re not the only Muslim organization to have staff who are not Muslim or have non-Muslims working in close partnerships (Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC, and Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, are two other that come to mind). There is a lot of good that comes out of this; the most positive is the development of real allyship.

Here are five testimonies from ING staff who are not Muslim, speaking to their common commitment to working with and for the Muslim communities and why they do so.

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