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Saudis say they want more women’s rights – this Muslim-American reformer doesn’t believe a word of it

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Source: Borderless News Online Saudi Arabia now says it requires brides-to-be to agree to their marriage, instead of the usual practice of having fathers decide who their daughters will marry. This seems like progress, but one Muslim-American reformer says it’s just the latest smoke screen in an ongoing bid to appease the West, and that the Middle East nation continues to treat women as chattel. Saudi women are 4th class citizens in a country that has been a major oil supplier to the U.S. for decades. Every aspect of their lives is dictated by male relatives, and this male dominance … Continued

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We can’t ignore the rise of homegrown hate and domestic terrorism

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Source: The Florida Times Union Terrorism doesn’t come in one style. It can be the unpopular security guard influenced by a radical interpretation of Islam like Omar Mateen. It can be a loner influenced by white supremacist propaganda like Dylann Roof. It can an anti-abortion extremist like Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber. It can be the anti-government militiaman like Timothy McVeigh. It’s important for the nation to go after all of those who threaten the nation’s public safety. During a recent hearing held by a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee, it became clear that many Americans are letting ideology blind … Continued

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Zuhdi Jasser: Don’t let the Khan Family’s Sacrifice be Used as a Political Wedge

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Phoenix, AZ., (August 2, 2016) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, lends advice to Donald Trump, following his recent feud with the Khan Gold Star family. Dr. Jasser states: “Gold star families – those whose loved ones have lost their lives in the service of this great nation know no single party or faith. They are first and foremost America patriots of the highest order. If they are people of faith, their faith may guide them in healing from their loss. It is reprehensible that any public official or candidate would see fit … Continued

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07/14/2016 AIFD calls upon mainstream media leadership to finally diversify American Muslim voices

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Dear Friends of AIFD, Our supporters often ask us an important question: Why is it that we at AIFD aren’t regular guests on what many consider to be “mainstream media” (MSM) networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN? Further, why aren’t we published regularly in venues like the Washington Post and New York Times? While we have been featured on these networks before, invitations to appear have been few and far between – and certainly much rarer than invitations to appear on more conservative media outlets. We hope this comes as no surprise – but the lack of attention from … Continued

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07/05/2016 A solemn Eid Mubarak from AIFD

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Dear Friends of AIFD, We at AIFD wish Muslims around the world “Eid Mubarak!” as this week, we celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the celebration at the close of Ramadan. While we will enjoy celebrating Eid with our friends, families, chosen families and loved ones, we must acknowledge that this Eid is marred with the solemn recognition that this Ramadan has been one of the most violent in recent history; with scores of innocents murdered by those who also claim our faith. Ramadan is a month of fasting, reflection, and atonement – a month meant to raise our consciousness about the plight … Continued

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07/04/2016 AIFD Wishes you a Happy Fourth of July

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Dear Friends of AIFD, We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy write to wish you a happy, blessed and safe Fourth of July holiday. Every year, as we watch the world continue to be plagued by the deathly evil of radical Islamism, the fundamental liberties formalized on that day on 1776 are ever more essential to protect. This country’s founding example and spirit is something that infuses all of our work at AIFD. We also wish to take a moment to remember the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel, whose example of moral courage inspired and continues to inspire many … Continued

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06/27/2016 Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser to testify before Senate Panel in Hearing on Cover-Up of Islamist Terror by Obama Administration

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Phoenix, AZ – Tuesday, June 28 at 2:30pm E.T., Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy will testify before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. in a hearing titled “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.” Chairman Senator Ted Cruz explained the purpose of the hearing: “The hearing will examine the Obama administration’s refusal to attribute the terrorist threats we face with radical Islam, hobbling our ability to combat the enemy. The hearing will specifically investigate … Continued

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AIFD Keeps Victims of Islamist Radicalism in our Thoughts and Prayers, Condemns Pulse Attack

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We at AIFD are heartbroken to learn of the attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Reports indicate that Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen, carried out an attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In what is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, at least fifty people are dead. Many other are still in the hospital, some in surgery as medical professionals are attempting to save their lives. Earliest reports are naming Omar Saddique Mateen, a U.S. born Afghan-American, as the shooter who targeted the club last night. As the investigation continues, we … Continued

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06/06/2016 AIFD Wishes Muslims around the world “Ramadan kareem!”

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The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) wishes our fellow Muslims around the world a blessed and fulfilling Ramadan. For those who are fasting, may your fasts be easy. The fast of Ramadan is intended to remind us of those who are less fortunate, and to bring us closer to God in thankfulness and compassion. Ramadan is about more than just abstaining from food during daylight hours, however. It is also a month of reflection and revelation, during which Muslims contemplate scripture, share their blessings with those in need, and come together in fellowship and family. This Ramadan, we at … Continued

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CAIR’s Dawud Walid: Civil Rights Champion or Radical Hiding in the Open?

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Source: Gatestone Institute Policy Council   Dawud Walid is the longtime executive director of Michigan’s chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). His Twitter profile currently bills him as a “human rights advocate and political blogger,” and his blog sells him as an imam who lectures on topics such as how to maintain your manners when dealing with hostile people (the irony of this will soon become abundantly clear), and how to address the very real problem of anti-Black racism within the Muslim community. To anyone less familiar with Walid’s persona — especially online — he could easily … Continued