Apr 10, 2019 / E-news
Moina Shaiq, a member of the Center for Civic Education Board of Directors, received a 2019 Women’s Hall of Fame Award from Alameda County, California. Nominated by Board president Pauline Weaver, Shaiq founded and runs the “Meet a Muslim” program, in which Shaiq discusses the importance of the hijab, the head scarf, and the niqab, or face covering, as well as the differences between Sunnis and Shias. Watch video.
The Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame features women every year who make a difference in their communities in a variety of fields: community service, health, business, and more. They also make charitable donations to community-based organizations in Alameda County. Shaiq’s award was in the area of community service.
Shaiq also speaks about the rights of women in Islam and what it’s like to be an American Muslim today in her one-hour talks. Since the group’s first coffeehouse meeting in Fremont, California, Shaiq has spoken about being Muslim and answered questions at dozens of libraries, pizza parlors, and coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has expanded Meet a Muslim to churches, service clubs, and private homes and has traveled to many areas of the country with the program. Shaiq gives the talks once or twice a week to break down stereotypes.
Photo courtesy of Pauline Weaver. You can read more about the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame here.