AIFD Press Releases

03/17/2016 AIFD Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Phoenix Terror Trial

(Phoenix, AZ, March 17, 2016) We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy commend the jury in the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who had the fortitude and courage to deliver a guilty verdict in the first ISIS-related trial on U.S. soil. We know the hours of deliberation and the nature of the case must have been trying, and the burden of carrying out justice heavy. This is an example of our justice system doing its job and setting a strong example for those who might seek out a path like that pursued by Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. This … Continued

03/03/2016 AIFD Pres. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to speak at CPAC 2016, Joins Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union

(WASHINGTON, D.C, March 3, 2016) – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement will speak at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference taking place March 2nd – March 5th at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser will first lead a ‘CPAC Conversation with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser’ on Thursday, March 3 (4:10 PM ET): “Political Islam: How Patriotic American Muslims Defy the Radical Islamists”. He will then also participate in a panel chaired by KT McFarland, Fox News Contributor, on Saturday, March … Continued

02/26/2016 AIFD Condemns so-called “Compromise” on FGM, Demands Evaluation of Doctor Ethics

(Phoenix, AZ, February 26, 2016) AIFD is both outraged and gravely disappointed to learn of the recent “compromise” position offered by physicians Kavita Shah Arora and Allan J. Jacobs in the Journal of Medical Ethics on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Arora and Jacobs refer to the practice, which mutilates, maims, tortures and in many cases is responsible for killing millions of women and girls worldwide – as “female genital alteration,” as though the bodies of women and girls are a pair of pants or a dress. We at AIFD do and will continue to call female genital … Continued

02/18/2016 Phoenix Terror Trial: we will Continue to Speak Out – will America Listen?

(Phoenix ,AZ, February 18, 2016) This week marks the start of a case absolutely everyone should be paying attention to: the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44,  who is charged with helping to facilitate the armed attack on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas on May 3rd, 2015; as well as a bomb plot against the 2014 Super Bowl. Just a few days after the attack against the cartoon event, one of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy’s (AIFD) own staff members, Courtney Lonergan, was interviewed in the local media about her work against radicalization. Lonergan, like … Continued

02/03/2016 Muslims ask Obama: Please Don’t Defer to Islamists in First Mosque Visit

(FEBRUARY 3, 2016, PHOENIX, AZ): Today, President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time in his presidency. Unfortunately, rather than a necessary and important step in the right direction, this visit is more of the same from the political establishment: politicians once again granting a platform and recognition to problematic mosques and religious institutions. Alarmingly, it seems that the mosque the president plans to visit – the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) – sympathizes with Islamist ideology. The ISB links to radical Islamist cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, its leadership has called homosexuality a “mental disorder,” and has endorsed … Continued

12/7/2015 AIFD RESPONDS TO PRES. OBAMA’S ADDRESS AGAINST TERRORISM

M ZUHDI JASSER PRESIDENT AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY “We are pleased with much of what the President had to say, noting that he seems to have shifted from more coddling language to what sounds like a firmer stance against terror. What remains to be seen, however, and what would demonstrate a meaningful and demonstrative shift toward REAL solutions – is if his engagement of the Muslim community changes. In order to be successful in obliterating violent extremism, President Obama must start at the root of the root – political Islam – the seed from which groups like ISIS grow. … Continued

Declaration of the Muslim Reform Movement / Signed by AIFD (December 4, 2015)

MUSLIM REFORM MOVEMENT (VIDEO: Press Conference of Launch) PLEASE SUPPORT AND SIGN OUR DECLARATION AT CHANGE.ORG   Preamble We are Muslims who live in the 21st century. We stand for a respectful, merciful and inclusive interpretation of Islam. We are in a battle for the soul of Islam, and an Islamic renewal must defeat the ideology of Islamism, or politicized Islam, which seeks to create Islamic states, as well as an Islamic caliphate. We seek to reclaim the progressive spirit with which Islam was born in the 7th century to fast forward it into the 21st century. We support the … Continued

12/1/2015 Summit of Western Muslim voices of Reform against the Islamic State and Islamism

(Washington, D.C.) This founding summit will take place this week in Washington D.C. and will include over 20 Muslim reformers who are against the ideology of Islamism (political Islam). Summit attendees are from the UK, Canada, Denmark and the United States of America. The thought leaders will gather for the first of its kind, high profile foundational meeting in Washington D.C. This week’s meetings will set the foundations in the long-overdue, deep needed reforms against the ideologies which inspire the Islamic state and inspire global Islamist movements. Many of these leaders will gather to discuss their calls to action as … Continued

10/15/2015 AIFD Calls on the Parliament of the World’s Religions to Hold Speakers Accountable

This year, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) will be represented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, convening in Salt Lake City this weekend and opening today. We are sending a representative to the Parliament to engage with interfaith leaders on behalf of liberty-minded Muslims who embrace a pluralistic interpretation of Islam and promote the value of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Parliament of the World’s Religions began convening in 1893, a meeting considered to be the birthplace of the global interfaith movement. This year marks the first Parliament held in the United States since 1993. … Continued

09/30/2015 AIFD Calls Upon President Obama to Condemn Russian Airstrikes against Syrian Citizenry

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) released the following statement today condemning Russian airstrikes on Syria: “News of the first publicly announced Russian airstrikes on Syria marks a turning point in the region: Russia’s proxy war against Syrian civilians is no longer covert and is no longer only vis-à-vis Assad. As the global community, and most tragically our own U.S. administration, have failed to support Syrian civilians against the Assad regime, and have allowed ISIS to expand, Russia has now brazenly announced that it is carrying out missions in Syria. Bashar al-Assad’s alliance with Russian leadership is no secret. … Continued