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07/27/2014 AIFD Wishes Muslims a Blessed Eid Al-Fitr

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PHOENIX (July 28, 2014) – Muslims around the world commemorated the end of their month long daily fast of Ramadan on Monday, July 28, 2014 with the Holiday of the Feast (Eid al-Fitr). Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in congregational prayer, the giving of gifts and gathering over meals. To all our Muslim friends and supporters, we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) wish you a most blessed Eid al-Fitr. May your fasts be accepted and your prayers answered. As we celebrate Eid al-Fitr, may we commit to carry the awareness of our blessings throughout the year, the humility … Continued

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07/23/2014 US lawmakers seek answers in ‘troubling’ violation of Sudanese Christian woman’s human rights

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Source: Fox News    As a Sudanese Christian who faced execution for refusing to renounce her faith remains holed up with her family in the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, a host of religious, human rights and immigration experts have been summoned to Capitol Hill to testify about her plight in the war-torn African nation. The congressional hearing on Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth while imprisoned in chains, is aimed at raising awareness of what one lawmaker called a “troubling violation of a basic human right.” “Meriam Ibrahim has been imprisoned in Sudan in fear of execution, chained during the late … Continued

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07/23/2014 Congress to Sudan: Release Ibrahim family

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Source: World Magazine   WASHINGTON—Lawmakers on Wednesday blasted the Sudanese government for continuing to prohibit Meriam Ibrahim and her family from leaving Sudan. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, convened the hearing to spotlight the unresolved case of Ibrahim, a 27-year-old woman whose husband and two children are American citizens. Ibrahim was raised as a Christian by her mother, but a Sudanese court in May sentenced her to death for converting from Islam, the religion of her absentee father. “Her refusal to leave the faith she had practiced her entire life led to her being … Continued

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07/23/2014 Meriam Ibrahim Is Free From Sudan

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Source: National Journal    Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who’d been sentenced to death under Islamic law, arrived in Rome on Thursday, less than a day after U.S. lawmakers held a hearing in search of ways to help her. Ibrahim and her two children were accompanied on the flight by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, who posted a photo from the trip on his Facebook page, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Federica Mogherini, Italy’s Foreign Affairs minister, called the development a “great joy” and thanked the “efforts of many” within the Italian government. It isn’t immediately clear … Continued

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Hamas: not Freedom Fighters, but Terrorists

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The conflict in Gaza escalates by the minute as Hamas continues to fire rockets from within civilian populations, triggering Israel to respond with aggressive military action targeting the terrorist group as well as its rockets and tunnels. The loss of civilian life is a tragedy, undoubtedly scarring families and communities. But who is responsible for perpetuating the bloodshed? As supporters of individual liberty and self-determination, we at AIFD stand in suppo­rt of all legitimate movements for freedom, modernity, and human rights. As such, we absolutely support those Palestinians who resist violence and seek to live in peace with Israel. Indeed, … Continued

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07/14/2014 Blasphemous Oppression In The Name of Islam: Hold Pakistan Accountable For Persecuting Religious Minorities

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Source: Forbes   The world is aflame.  Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict.  Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims.  The U.S. government should designate that nation as a “Country of Particular Concern” for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience. Religious persecution is a global scourge.  Many of the worst oppressors are Muslim nations.  Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iraq, and Egypt are all important international actors.  All also mistreat, or acquiesce in the mistreatment of, anyone not a Muslim.  Some of them even victimize Muslims—of the wrong … Continued

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07/09/2014 Liberty and the Secular State: Guarantors of Religious Freedom for Muslims

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Source: Berkley Center Responding to Religious Freedom and Muslim Minorities in the United States M. Zuhdi Jasser, July 9, 2014 EDITOR’S NOTE: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Islam’s holiest month, Ramadan, is a time for intense personal and community reflection. As we abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset, we are given an opportunity to feel a new level of gratitude for our blessings, as well as to share more of what we have with the less fortunate. No denials, no excuses. As Americans, we are free to accept or reject any tenet … Continued

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Happy Fourth of July from AIFD

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We at AIFD would like to take an opportunity to wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. As American Muslims dedicated to preserving the founding principles of the United States Constitution – liberty and freedom – we experience a renewed sense of gratitude on this day, which celebrates our great nation’s independence from a power that sought to undermine individual and religious liberty. Two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago, our founding fathers set forth to guarantee that the generations to follow would live in a country that would respect their inalienable right to life, to liberty and to the pursuit … Continued

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07/03/2014 AIFD applauds swift arrest of radicalized convert; warns of increasing extremism from Syria

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AIFD applauds the swift arrest of Shannon Conley, 19, who was stopped in an apparent attempt to join ISIS in Syria. Conley is said to have met an extremist online, and became radicalized. It is reported that she had a specific desire to help in the targeting of American citizens and our armed forces. A young convert to Islam, she was brainwashed into believing that it was her duty to aid in jihadist efforts against the West. Shannon Conley’s case speaks to what we at AIFD have been saying for years: our Muslim community must be more vigilant in addressing … Continued

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06/30/2014 AIFD sends sympathies to the families of Israeli teens

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PHOENIX (June 30, 2014) – AIFD sends our sympathies to the families and community of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach. Your immense pain is the result of a hatred we must continue to fight every day. May the memories of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal bring your peace, and may we all remain tireless in our resolve to end the ideology that took their lives. We at AIFD remain steadfast in our vehement condemnation of Hamas and its affiliates.   About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable … Continued