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 Muslims with a press conference to announce their findings, strategy and goals for long needed reforms within the House of Islam at the National Press Club this Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Please join us as these leaders come together to call upon their co-religionists to end the apologetics and begin the tough work of global reforms against the ideologies that inspire political Islam and radical Islamism.

Below is a list of the Summit attendees (alphabetical order) :

▪ Zainab Al-Suwaij (USA, Washington, DC, President, American Islamic Congress)
▪ Tahir Gora  (Canada, Toronto, Author, journalist, activist)
▪ Tawfik Hamid (USA, Oakton, VA, Senior Fellow Potomac Institute for Policy Studies)
▪ Usama Hasan (UK, London,  Imam, Quilliam Foundation)
▪ Arif Humayun (USA, Portland OR, AIFD Senior Fellow, Co-Founder of Circle of Peace)
▪ Farahnaz Ispahani (USA, Washington DC, Author, former member Pakistan Parliament)
▪ M. Zuhdi Jasser (USA, Phoenix , AZ, President, AIFD) (convener)
▪ Naser Khader (Denmark, Copenhagen, Member, Danish Parliament, Muslim democracy activist)
▪ Courtney Lonergan (USA, Phoenix, AZ, AIFD Community Outreach Director, Professional facilitator)
▪ Jamal Mahmood (USA, Bergen County, NJ, Progressive Muslim activist)
▪ Hasan Mahmud (Canada, Toronto,  Muslims Facing Tomorrow, expertise in Shariah)
▪ Raheel Raza (Canada, Toronto, Founder, Muslims Facing Tomorrow)
▪ Sohail Raza (Canada, Toronto, Director in Forum for Learning, Vice President of CPCMO-Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations)
▪ Salma Siddiqui (Canada, President, Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations)


Inaugural Muslim Anti-Islamist Summit

This pioneering event featuring leading Muslim anti-Islamist public figures and reformers seeks to highlight such voices and drive long overdue reforms against Islamism within TJ eHiuse of Islam. A battle of ideas around issues of root causes of Islamist terrorism has not often enough been engaged, and these meetings will address the ideology of Islamism and ways of countering its influence and promoting liberty and universal human rights. The event is sponsored by The American Islamic Forum for DemocracyMuslims Facing Tomorrow, American Islamic Congress, and the Coalition of Progressive Muslim Organizations.


American Islamic Forum for Democracy

AIFD is the convener of this summit, and is an organization dedicated to providing an American Muslim voice advocating genuine Muslim reform against Islamism and the ideologies which fuel global Muslim radicalization. AIFD’s mission is to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. This mission is derived from a love for America and a love of our faith of Islam. AIFD believes that Muslims can better practice Islam in an environment that protects the rights of an individual to practice their faith as they choose.


M. Zuhdi Jasser

Dr, Jasser is the President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam. He is also a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant-Commander.

He has testified to Congress on numerous occasions as an expert on Muslim radicalization, foreign policy (Syria, Egypt, Middle East), anti-Semitism, and international religious freedom.