AIFD Press Releases

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


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

Dr. Jasser Named Senior Fellow at ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy

Dr. Jasser is pleased to be among several influential American conservatives named senior fellows at the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy. In his role, Dr. Jasser will continue to advance American principles of liberty and freedom through his advocacy of the separation of mosque and state, his commitment to religious freedom and his opposition to Islamism. The American Conservative Union’s press release appears below: ACU Foundation Launches Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy WASHINGTON, DC – Today, American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp announced the formation of the ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship … Continued

05/15/2015 AIFD Welcomes news of Tsarnaev Death Sentence

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) welcomes the news that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been sentenced to death for his role in the terror attack carried out at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Our justice system has been tried, time and time again, by pressures seeking to chip away at its integrity. Today, an American jury agreed with us that terrorists must be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and that we must not allow terrorist sympathizers to intimidate us into “going soft” on those who wish us harm. To the jurors, we commend you for your reason … Continued

The U.S. Must not let Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sympathizers Dictate our Justice System

When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts associated with the terror attack he helped to carry out at the 2013 Boston Marathon, we at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) joined the nation in feeling that the verdict opened the door to at least some level of closure for all affected. While the horrors of that day can never be erased, there is healing in bringing one of the monsters responsible to justice. The verdict has also spurned a debate our country has been having for quite some time: is it right to put a criminal … Continued

03/23/2015 Mideast Christians, Yezidis and moderate Muslim groups accuse the pro-Iran lobby of “shutting down the only U.S. broadcast reporting fairly to the region”

Washington, D.C., MECHRIC, AIFD, Yezidi Human Rights A joint press release issued by three major federations of NGOs representing Middle East Christian communities, Yezidi groups and Muslim American moderates accused the “pro-Iran regime lobby” of manipulating the United States bureaucracy to shut down “Radio Free Iraq,” which airs to the region and is based in Prague as one of Free Europe Radio’s multiple divisions. The press release urged Congress, which funds U.S. broadcasts directly, to reverse the decision and take all appropriate measures to protect U.S. funded broadcasts from falling into the hands of pro-Iranian or pro-Muslim Brotherhood pressure groups … Continued