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M. Zuhdi Jasser
President & Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Contact: Mischel Yosick
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January 14, 2019
“…it was beyond refreshing to hear our Secretary of State publicly and unwaveringly reset the misguided policies of the Obama era doctrine.”
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy lauded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his speech in Cairo. Dr. Jasser, noted,
“As a reform-minded Muslim dedicated to advancing the ideas of liberty, it was beyond refreshing to hear our Secretary of State publicly and unwaveringly reset the misguided policies of the Obama era doctrine. The repudiation of Islamist terrorism whether from Sunni extremism of ISIS or Shi’a extremism of Iran’s Khomeinists is now a marker that has begun to clarify what a Trump Doctrine will look like for American policy in the Middle East and across the Muslim majority world. It is long overdue for the United States to lead through strength and already in less than a year since the reinstitution of sanctions and the decimation of ISIS, we have seen a rebalancing of the fragile conflicts across the region.”
Dr. Jasser concluded,
“We hope that this strategy will continue to progress toward the next natural steps where the United States begins to advance from simply a defense against those that hate freedom to an offense in the advancement of the ideas of liberty and counter-Islamism.”
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is a non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Ariz. 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. In December 2015, AIFD convened and helped launch the Muslim Reform Movement, a coalition of over 12 Muslim organizations and leaders dedicated to reform for values of peace, human rights and secular governance.
About M. Zuhdi Jasser
Dr. Jasser is the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a think tank dedicated to protecting American national security against the global threat of Islamism. AIFD promotes reform-minded Muslim voices for liberty, and is shaking the hold which Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have upon Muslim leadership. Dr. Jasser is the author of ” A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith”. He is also founder of Take Back Islam and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement.
Don’t let the relative silence of the radical Islamists lull you into a false sense of security.
January 7, 2019
Dear friends and supporters of AIFD,
Here I’ve shared with you a short video of my thoughts on our efforts and why, along with your support, our work is even more critical today as we continue our fight against Islamism.
2018 was quite an enlightening year for AIFD. So much progress was made in the many areas we follow or we lead, not least of which was the thankful decrease in Islamist terror attacks. But we realized more than ever the complacency our nation and the free world has when it comes to defeating Islamism.
With the wane of specific acts of terror, the understanding of the threat also waned. This revealed to us the significant amount of work ahead of us to defeat the threat of Islamism. While it is comforting news on one front that Islamist terror in the US has diminished, we fear that Americans will falsely interpret this as a decrease in jihadism and its Islamist inspiration.
Contrarily, the non-violent Islamist movement is rather flourishing in America as Islamists continue to exploit our unprecedented freedoms, denigrate our American values, and work to empower our Islamist enemies across the globe from Turkey, Syria, Qatar, Iran, and Pakistan to name a few. In fact, part of the decrease in terrorism may be the consolidation of understanding among Islamist leadership that non-violent Islamism is far more effective against the West for their goals than violent Islamism (terrorism) ever could be. Terrorism woke up the sleeping West, which may be going back to sleep?
It is imperative that we remain vigilant in the fight against Islamism, even in the absence of Islamist terrorism, as terrorism is only one tactic employed by Islamists. Regardless of whether it is violent or non-violent, the end goal always has been (and always will be) a world of Islamic states that join into a global caliphate.
If we are going to prevail in this battle, we must fight for liberty with the same intensity and consistency that the Islamists fight to destroy it.
Having said that, we remain steadfast in our devotion to the defeat of Islamism.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and to your continued support.
M. Zuhdi Jasser and the staff at AIFD
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