AIFD is the most prominent American Muslim organization confronting the ideologies of political Islam and openly countering the belief that the Muslim faith is inextricably rooted to the concept of the Islamic State. Founded by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, AIFD looks to build the future of Islam through the concepts of liberty and freedom.
AIFD’s mission is derived from a love for America and a love of Islam. Dr. Jasser and the board of AIFD believe that Muslims can better practice Islam in an environment that protects the rights of an individual to practice their faith as they choose. The theocratic “Islamic” regimes of the middle east use Islam as a way to control Muslim populations, not to glorify God as they portend. The purest practice of Islam is one in which Muslims have complete freedom to accept or reject any of the tenants or laws of the faith.
AIFD believes that the root cause of Islamist terrorism is the ideology of Political Islam and a belief in the supremacy of the Islamic State. Terrorism is but a means to an end. The underlying philosophy is what western society should fear most. Security will never come without an understanding of liberty by Muslims and an understanding of the hold of political Islam by non-Muslims.
AIFD seeks to create a movement within the Muslim consciousness to embrace the tenets of liberty and freedom by teaching Muslim youth the ideas of gender equality, pluralism and an unwavering preference of the secular state and a secular law over the Islamic state. The most effective counter to radicalization is the advocacy of the American principle of liberty over the prevailing ideas of political Islam. Muslim children in America need to be taught that the principles of the United States Constitution are not only in line with their faith, but are the best way to protect the sanctity of their faith.