AIFD Press Releases

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

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

05/18/2016 Dr. Zuhdi Jasser calls on Obama administration to back down from veto threat over Senate passed ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ and for President Obama to stop protecting our enemies

Phoenix, AZ (May 18, 2016) – American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) President Dr. Zuhdi Jasser has called on the Obama administration to stop protecting our enemies, after Obama’s veto threats over the Senate’s decision to unanimously approve the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its role in the terrorist attacks. Dr. Jasser states: “This bipartisan legislation gives families of 9-11 victims a chance for the first time at vindication against the root cause of radical Islamists that attacked us on 9-11 and continue to attack us through … Continued

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser launches “Reform This!” podcast on the Blaze Radio Network

PHOENIX, AZ (May, 13, 2016) – Muslim reformer Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is launching the first of its kind podcast on an American radio network, hosted by a Constitutional conservative, patriotic American Muslim. This Saturday, May 14th at 12:00 p.m. EST, “Reform This!” with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser will launch on the Blaze Radio Network. Listeners can also find the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music. In “Reform This!,” Jasser describes the journey he’s taking with listeners in America and the free world, as he addresses issues of the day and boldly breaches the fault lines that lie between … Continued

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