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A note on Constitution Day

CONSTITUTION DAY: On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine brave men signed the United States Constitution. As the world continues to face an ever-increasing threat from Islamism – most recently in its especially brutal form, that of ISIS – it is more important than ever that we hold fast to the values upon which our nation was founded. Ongoing threats to liberty the world over – from Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to the sexual violence and other brutality of ISIS – continue to remind us how precious our freedoms are, how brave our founding fathers were in their fight to secure them, and how … Continued

What did Imam Yaser Ali actually say on July 28, 2014 at the Eid Sermon?

What did Imam Yaser Ali actually say on July 28, 2014 at the Eid Sermon?

AIFD STAFF NOTE:   Locally, a recent controversy began when Imam Yaser Ali  called out AIFD President, Zuhdi Jasser’s work during his Eid Sermon of July 28, 2014 at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. Though he didn’t mention Dr. Jasser’s name, the subject of his sermon was unmistakable. This necessitated a subsequent response from Dr. Jasser on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic on August 24, 2014. Since its publication, Mr. Ali’s allies with ICNEV are trying to rewrite history and advance the deception that Mr. Ali was not referring to Dr. Jasser at all. Subsequently, Syed Umar … Continued

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08/25/2014 Muslim: I was bullied for criticizing Hamas

08/25/2014 Muslim: I was bullied for criticizing Hamas

Source: AZ Central    M. Zuhdi Jasser: Think religious intimidation doesn’t happen in the Valley? Think again. What happens in Syria, Egypt, Iraq or Gaza has an impact every day right here in the Valley. Even in America, leading Muslim organizations and clerics bully with threats of ostracism those Muslims who dare to dissent. Old-guard ideologues, too, used to monopoly control, make it crystal clear to their Muslim critics: Take us on and we will make an example of you as a traitor to the Muslim community (the ummah). On July 28, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr (Holiday … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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