Shooting Rampage is latest example that clearly points to need to address Muslim radicalization in America
Phoenix, Ariz. (November 6, 2009) – The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) sends its deepest, heartfelt condolences and prayers to the soldiers and families of the Fort Hood massacre. The soldiers who lost their lives or were injured yesterday are patriots who protected America’s freedoms and liberties at all cost. AIFD is horrified by this attack and the fact that it is an American Muslim who carried it out.
While many are struggling with the politically correct way to address Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan’s faith, AIFD believes that the ideology of Political Islam is at the heart of this incident. Whether Hasan was overtly radical or not is irrelevant. His actions were clearly influenced by Islamist beliefs. The Muslim community needs to not only condemn Hasan’s actions, but the ideology that spawned them.
“The Fort Hood shootings, the honor killing of Noor Faleh Almaleki in Arizona, the Abdullah shootout in Detroit and the rash of recent terror arrests across the United States share one common thread, the influence of Islamism on American Muslims,” said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of AIFD. “Until that influence is diminished we are going to see an escalation of these events.
Political Islam (Islamism) is an ideology that at its core believes that the Koran and shar’iah legal interpretations should be the basis of government and the legal system. Islamism’s end goal is the establishment of a theocratic Islamic State. In America, that would be mean the complete rejection of the United States Constitution and the liberties and freedoms that Americans cherish.
“American Muslims can no longer deny the impact that Islamism is having on our community,” said Dr. Jasser, “We must confront the ideology that is radicalizing our faith and not allow Islamism to dictate the future of Islam in America.”
About the American Islamic Foundation for Democracy
AIFD’s mission is to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution and demonstrate that the separation of mosque and state and the tenets of Liberty and Freedom are integral to the Muslim Faith.