AIFD Press Releases

01/20/2015 DR. ZUHDI JASSER, AIFD PRESIDENT, JOINS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ADVOCATES IN LETTER TO SAUDI AMBASSADOR OFFERING TO TAKE RAIF BADAWI’S LASHINGS Saudi Arabian Moderate Muslim advocate for liberty subjected to 1000 lashes for “blasphemy” by Kingdom

PHOENIX (January 20, 2015) – Five notable religious freedom advocates, including Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, AIFD President,  have signed and presented a letter to the Saudi Ambassador calling on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), to immediately release Raif Badawi. If they do not release him, they are asking that the Kingdom take them in the place of Raif Badawi in the meting out of his corporal punishment.  Badawi was sentenced to prison, a monetary fine, and 1000 lashes for “blasphemy” based on his website which allowed the free exchange of religious and political ideas. His 1000 lashes are being … Continued

01/07/2015 PARIS TRAGEDY DEMANDS WORLDWIDE REJECTION OF LONE WOLF THEORY Broad ideological threat of Islamism must be countered by the Free World

PHOENIX (January 7, 2015) – AIFD condemns, in the strongest way possible, the actions that took place in Paris today and send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed or injured. The effects of this despicable action go beyond the streets of Paris, but represent an attack on freedom of speech and the human rights of all to live and work – free of fear.  We can no longer continue to be deceived into accepting the “Lone Wolf” theory as recent events have clearly exclaimed. The deep and intense ideological invasion within Islam must be thwarted from within … Continued

11/07/214 AIFD ENDORSES MECHRIC EFFORT TO REMOVE NIHAD AWAD (CAIR CHAIR) FROM COALITION TO AID CHRISTIAN MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

PHOENIX (November 7, 2014) – The American Islamic Forum for Democracy endorses the Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC), the largest coalition of Middle East Christian NGOs in the United States and internationally, in their request to Archbishop Atallah Hanna to remove Nihad Awad, the director of Islamist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) from a coalition said to be aimed at helping Christian minorities in the Middle East.    The inclusion of CAIR, at minimum a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood but widely believed to be a front for MB, is counterproductive to the cause named in this effort. There is … Continued

11/04/2014 Mechric Letter: Interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians

Nov 4th 2014 Archbishop Atallah Hanna Archbishop of Sebastia, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem P.O. Box 14518, Jerusalem 91145   Re: Interfaith Coalition to Protect Christians   Dear Bishop Hanna:   We have learned that you have sponsored the formation of an “interfaith coalition to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.” We are troubled by the fact that among the NGOs and activists invited to join the coalition are a number of Islamist and pro-Jihadi groups whose agenda has been and continues to be hostile to the freedom and survival of Christian and other minorities in the … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

06/27/2014 As Muslims begin the month of Ramadan, AIFD sends its blessings and renewed dedication to freedom for all

PHOENIX (June 28, 2014) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) issued the following statement regarding the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, June 28, 2014 or Ramadan 1, 1435 of the Islamic Hijri Calendar:  “Today, we begin the commemoration of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. We wish all Muslims a ‘Ramadan Kareem’ and a blessed and rewarding month of fasting and self-reflection.   During this, the ninth month of our lunar calendar and the holy month of fasting, we are reminded to give thanks for … Continued

05/28/2014 Speaking Up for a Sister: our Responsibility to Mariem Ibrahim

The regime of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir has, for 25 years, been subjecting the people of Sudan to reprehensible and continuous human rights violations.   From the massacres of civilians in Darfur to systematic murder, rape, torture, and amputations, Al-Bashir’s reign of terror and cruelty has been permitted to continue despite repeated efforts by the International Criminal Court to prosecute him. It has been reported that Sudan carries out the highest number of executions on the African continent, among its many horrific human rights abuses. Most recently, a young Sudanese woman named Mariem Ibrahim has been sentenced to both lashings and death … Continued

05/09/2014 Liberty-Minded Muslims Stand with Saudi Dissident Raif Badawi, President Obama should support Muslim dissidents and insist the Saudi government release Raif Badawi

PHOENIX (May 9, 2014) Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, author of The Battle for the Soul of Islam: a Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save his Faith, released the following statement on behalf of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD): “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has once again proven that the singular greatest threat to its supremacist ideology of political Islam is the dissident voice calling for freedom.” Last year, Saudi dissident Raif Badawi was sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison for “insulting Islam” by criticizing clerics in the Kingdom through his website, Free Saudi Liberals. The judge … Continued