This week, Muslims around the world will begin our observance of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, all who are physically and mentally able to do so will abstain from both food and drink from sunrise until sunset.
This fast is not one of sorrow, but of thankfulness: Ramadan reminds us to give thanks for our blessings, while keeping the suffering in our prayers and doing what we can to help them.
Each Ramadan, we at AIFD are keenly aware of the sanctity and safety of this great nation which we call home, and which gives us the comfort and freedom to sincerely engage in the humble spiritual renewal that is Ramadan.
This Ramadan, just as we do every year, we also reaffirm our commitment to advocate for those persecuted on the basis of their faith or their choice to reject religion; those suffering from gender and honor-based violence; and to take action to end these injustices. We remain committed to ending the suffering of those who remain suffering in Syria, and in other places where the diseases of fascism or of theocracy keep innocents oppressed.
We honor and hold sacred the fact that Ramadan symbolizes equality among Muslims. For all those who fast out of free will and with sincere intention, we find common goodness and reward in it.
We are blessed to take this opportunity to wish Muslims worldwide a blessed and safe Ramadan, and a spiritually fulfilling fast.
Dr. Jasser is pleased to be among several influential American conservatives named senior fellows at the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy.
In his role, Dr. Jasser will continue to advance American principles of liberty and freedom through his advocacy of the separation of mosque and state, his commitment to religious freedom and his opposition to Islamism.
The American Conservative Union’s press release appears below:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp announced the formation of the ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy. The Center is a place to continue many of the conversations that were started at this year’s redesigned Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), including educating grassroots conservatives about the ideas of the Reagan Doctrine and how those ideas are just as applicable today.
The Senior Fellows include The Hon. KT McFarland, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Gordon Chang, author of ‘The Coming Collapse of China,’ and Forbes contributor; Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the President and Founder of the American Islamic Center for Democracy; The Hon. Mike Magan, the Managing Director of Magan Dahlgren Ltd.; The Hon. Dennis Shea, Founder and President of Shea Public Strategies, LLC.; Amanda Bellows, Russian and American historian; and Jeff Ballabon.”
“The American people are growing more concerned about what they are seeing across the Middle East, from the rise of the Islamic State to the blasé disposition of President Obama to the prospects of a nuclear Iran. I believe that these concerns, when combined with an increasingly emboldened Russia and China, could mean that questions of our security and the state of the globe will dominate the presidential election. We believe this is the right time to offer constructive answers to our elected officials and to the people they represent.”
“We are grateful to our Senior Fellows for their willingness to lead the way toward a ‘Peace through Strength’ approach applicable for the 21st century.”
The Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy can be visited online at http://acufoundation.conservative.org/center-for-statesmanship-diplomacy/.
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