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July 25, 2019: Daily Caller – JASSER: American Islamists Come Out To ‘Party’

ZUHDI JASSER
AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY
July 25, 2019
2:30 PM ET

JASSER: American Islamists Come Out To ‘Party’

If Islamism (political Islam) was a sport, the convening members of the Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference in Washington, D.C. this week would be in the American Islamist Olympics finals, the dream teams of Islamist all-stars from a host of American Islamist lobbying groups.

Gone are the days of hidden dissimulation, or “taqqiya,” operating under elusive conference titles like “reviving the Islamic spirit” or “social justice,” or “fighting Islamophobia.” Now this new “Muslim Caucus” openly seeks Muslim power and all of whatever that means to them.

How fitting that the “Muslim Caucus Education Collective’s” slogan reads “Muslim Americans Organizing to Win?” Their homepage description in fact states:

“This is our moment to come together and organize as one constituency, bridge traditional advocacy, and policy organizations and grassroots groups to work together in building Muslim American Electoral Power at the local, state, and national level to build our power beyond 2020.”

That verbiage is the “sine qua non” of political Islam and its attendant Islamist movements. Hassan al-Banna (Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder), Mawlana Maududi (Pakistani founder of Jamaat e-Islami), Recep Erdogan (Head of Turkey’s AKP) or Ayatollah Khomeinei (Head of Iran’s Islamic Supreme Council) would all be so proud.

These Americans may try to claim stark divisions with Islamism’s founding fathers, but essentially, their attempt to collectivize and empower Muslims as one political and national identity sprouts directly from the seeds of 20th century political Islam and is undergirded by most Islamic teachings and interpretations of sharia that are theocratic or Islamist. The classically liberal anti-Islamist reformists are a minority among Muslim leaders but we exist and are the only means to defeat Islamist movements.

Attendees at this conference came in buoyed by a sycophantic Leftist media anesthetized by identity politics, and also buoyed by the unrepentant unchecked Islamist radicalism of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Component organizations of their “collective” like the notorious Hamas sympathizing, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are now marketing their fundraisers as rooted in building “Muslim power.”

This theocratic tyranny is only viable as an Orwellian collective when it brainwashes Muslims to believe that the Islamic faith is a single political, legal, cultural, and governmental ideology, state, and global caliphate — in other words — full throated Islamism. The indoctrination begins as a political collective.

For anyone just now paying attention to this “Muslim Collective,” we Arab or Muslim Americans have seen this show before. It is no exaggeration to say that this conference was essentially the founding of a new American political party. In Egypt, it is the Muslim Brotherhood. In Iran, it’s the Khomeinists, In Pakistan, it’s the Jamaat e-Islamiya. In the United States, it’s the Muslim Caucus Education Collective.

We at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) have been laser focused since 2003 on our mission to “protect the U.S. Constitution, freedom, and liberty through the separation of mosque and state.” To that end we convened in 2015 a coalition of anti-Islamist reformers we all dubbed, the Muslim Reform Movement. Most of us would have nothing to do with anything called a “Muslim collective.”

While catering to their favorite collectivist identity group bloc, 2020 Democratic Party hopefuls are tripping over themselves to attend this “Islamist Constitutional Convention.” What a great place for the Democratic Party to float lies about America while they further radicalize Muslims with contrived “Muslim bans” and “deportation of citizens.”

The “Red-Green Axis,” from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Omar in the U.S. to Nicolas Maduro and Erdogan abroad, contrives “Islamophobia” as bigotry with generations of cooperation at the United Nations. American Islamists are now in high gear to kindle that in the Halls of Congress and with presidential hopefuls.

Some naysayers may say that any “faith group” is by definition a “collective.” There are some legitimate functions of a faith collective that survive modernity and liberalism. After we Muslims abandon Islamism with deep reforms, I see that collective circumscribed to recognition of the authenticity of the Arabic script of the Quran (with vast division on interpretation), to our faith calendar and holidays, and to performance of the Hajj (pilgrimage) to name a few.

But even in our worship services, mosques are better served with more division, not less. Real diversity is not ethnic nor racial. It will be seen in new diverse schools of thought rooted in modernity rather than the few dominant ones now rooted in the 12th century.

We tell our Muslim youth in our Muslim Liberty Project at AIFD to see their political activism whether locally or nationally primarily through the lens of their American identity which is infused by their personal morals, ethics, and values. Certainly, faith plays a role in that, but never as a political “collective” identity. Islam is in a very different time in our faith’s historical arc at this time than that of other religions in the west. We still have not defeated the theocrats that dominate our faith leadership across the planet.

It is important to note that when our government, media, and interfaith communities do seek input from American Muslim activists and thought leaders, it should first and foremost be ideologically diverse and inclusive across the spectrum of American Muslim ideologies both Islamist and anti-Islamist.

This collective conference or Muslim Caucus this week seems to be led predominantly by Islamists with rare exception who matter little in a conference whose very existence defines Islamism. This is not just because they are all of the Left. Muslim Republican collectivism would also make no sense unless your mission is to empower Islamists. Islamist groups like the “Republic Muslim Coalition” are just as dangerous and separatist on the right as these are on the left. Infusing Islamist proclivities into politics whether right or left is disastrous for freedom and liberty regardless of what side of the aisle.

When we lobby our representatives, our specific faith identity or strain is of no consequence. Similarly, when we go to pray at the mosque, the political identity of those with whom we pray, side by side, should also be of no consequence.

In essence, I and many reformed, westernized, patriotic American Muslims reject the entire premise of this Muslim collective conference. This “collective’s” effort to proclaim and invoke “Muslim power” is offensive and antithetical to both our faith values and our Americanism.

This domestic and global battle within the House of Islam is not just about the political activism of a few million Muslims in America. The success or failure of American Islamists will impact the confidence of Islamist movements across the planet whether political or militant. Omar is already becoming an Islamist icon on Qatar’s al Jazeera and Iran’s PressTV.

This is all especially poignant given the context of where Islam and Muslims are in their legal, social, political, and cultural history at 1,440 years old. The radical, bigoted ideas of members of Congress like Omar and Tlaib are not created in a vacuum. They are byproducts of an Islamist farm team in America spanning the spectrum from non-violent to violent. Their “Muslim collective” is their defining flag. It is their party.

Press Release: Sentencing is a stark reminder of the global Islamist threat.

PRESS RELEASE
American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Contact: Mischel Yosick
480 225 7473 mischel@zliberty.com

May 10, 2017

Sentencing of Indonesian Christian Governor of Jakarta on blasphemy charge is a reminder of the rising global Islamist threat.

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) condemned the sentencing of an Indonesian Christian politician, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, for “blasphemy.” The sentencing of Mr. Basuki, the Jakarta governor, also known as “Ahok” was heavier than what prosecutors asked for – rather than the two years probation they requested, he was sentenced to two years in prison.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., founder and president of AIFD, released the following statement:

“The fact that Mr. Basuki was even brought up on charges of ‘blasphemy’ – a truly invented ‘crime’ – is horrifying. The reality of his sentencing should alarm all people, not just Christians, and not just Indonesians.

Indonesia has long enjoyed the reputation of being a model of Muslim moderation and pluralism, yet its problem of Islamism is real: from soaring rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) to violent protests against authors and artists for ‘blasphemy,’ the country is undergoing an ugly and dangerous radicalization that will hurt, kill, and traumatize its citizens and leak across its borders, threatening global security. Mr. Basuki was a governor whose election had only improved Indonesia’s global reputation. His sentencing proves that those who are loyal to Islamist forces no longer care about upholding this image for Indonesia, instead they seek a more sinister role in the world.

Ahok’s case again proves that the nation is on the front lines of this global existential battle against Islamism.

We urge Indonesian citizens to challenge their religious establishments – particularly the Nahdlatul Ulama – to take swift and bold action to condemn and dis-empower those who support and promote punishments for blasphemy, and to demand that their government do the same. I visited Indonesia during my time on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and know that this evil does not represent them. Their government must do better to protect and represent the will of its people.”

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M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is a guest on Arizona Originals with Jason Issak

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy and Physician

Today’s guest, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, has served as a US Navy physician, was hand selected to serve for two years as one of three attending physicians for the US Congress (including the US Supreme Court Justices), and has practiced medicine in Arizona.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

 

 

 

5/5/2017 : M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. joins Fox Business’ Making Money discussing refugees and how the influx into the U.S. has decreased under President Trump and the importance of ideological vetting.

5/4/2017: M Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. joins i24 News’ discussing the recent meeting of President Trump and Mahmoud Abbas and the anti-Semitic programs on Palestinian TV and other outlets.

5/4/2017 – M. Zuhdi Jasser sounds off on the female genital mutilation case.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on FBI Director James Comey addressing the arrest of two doctors accused of female genital mutilation

 

What did Imam Yaser Ali actually say on July 28, 2014 at the Eid Sermon?

AIFD STAFF NOTE:  

Locally, a recent controversy began when Imam Yaser Ali  called out AIFD President, Zuhdi Jasser’s work during his Eid Sermon of July 28, 2014 at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. Though he didn’t mention Dr. Jasser’s name, the subject of his sermon was unmistakable. This necessitated a subsequent response from Dr. Jasser on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic on August 24, 2014.

Since its publication, Mr. Ali’s allies with ICNEV are trying to rewrite history and advance the deception that Mr. Ali was not referring to Dr. Jasser at all. Subsequently, Syed Umar wrote in a letter to the editor, “the speech did not mention Zuhdi at all, but Zuhdi is assuming that he is among the people that do such things.”  They have also taken to trashing Dr. Jasser with name calling and ad hominem attacks available in the comments section of the piece and also in the letters to the editor. Omar Odeh of Scottsdale wrote in the Arizona Republic, “Not once did Yaser Ali mention Jasser’s name. Jasser is the one that made this about himself…Jasser for as long as I’ve known him comes off a pompous, arrogant, and self-righteous individual”.  Naser Ahmad, a past President of ICNEV made the laughable claim,  “I was present in the same gathering, and contrary to what Zuhdi Jasser states, the speech had nothing to do with him. As a matter of fact, after the prayer meeting, I commended Yaser Ali on tackling a topic that I, too, feel very strongly about — that Muslims needed to study their religion, understand its dictates and then define themselves rather than just complaining about their negative portrayal in the media due to the misguided actions of some Muslim groups.

We post the following facts and detailed analysis to shed more light on what Mr. Ali actually said for anyone who may have been swayed by the rush of Ali’s supporters running for cover under the shroud of deception. The facts should leave no doubt that Mr. Ali’s sermon did in fact target Dr. Jasser. His cowardice and calculus in avoiding Dr. Jasser’s name is proven in the rush of mosque leadership to deny what was an obvious attack upon Dr. Jasser in his sermon. The saddest element is the profound dishonesty exhibited by those who deny the reality of the bully pulpit and Ali’s message on July 28, 2014. For a prayer leader to exploit the bully pulpit to suffocate dissent is one thing, but then to see his community rush to lie and hide behind vagaries afterwards is even more shameful. We at AIFD believe that the first step necessary for genuine reform is honesty then followed by public debate and dissent.

TRANSCRIPT OF EXCERPT REFERRING TO DR JASSER

The following is transcribed from the 5 minute excerpt of Imam Yaser Ali’s sermon of July 28, 2014 at ICNEV which includes the portion relevant to his admonishments against Dr. Jasser and AIFD.

“But as we enjoy this day, let’s not forget our brothers and sisters who are struggling.  The prophet (pbuh) said that, he said [Arabic]. That the believers are like one body.  When the eye hurts, the whole body hurts.  When the head hurts the whole body hurts.  When you have a headache, you can’t just be chillin’.  You got a headache. Your whole body becomes unable to do anything, and this is the example the believers are like one body.

Those who aren’t concerned about our brothers and sisters. They are not from amongst us. Today there is an entire industry that is vilifying Islam and vilifying Muslims. And saying that Muslims are the aggressors, Muslims are the terrorists, well in fact, so many Muslims are the victims all across the world.  And we need to understand this. We need to make du’aa for this. There are people who are paid, even Muslims, who go on Fox News and speak ill against Muslims–who speak ill against our Muslim brothers and sisters.  And we need to ask ourselves, this is something that is really a problem, and we can’t just complain, but we need to ask ourselves, do we love Islam more than they hate it?

We should ask ourselves this question.  Do we love Islam more than they hate it?  People have spent their careers attacking Islam. The Islamophobia industry is huge today.  And their whole job is to vilify Muslims–make them look bad.  Make the masajid, look bad.  Well, in fact, how do we respond? Not just by complaining, but by taking proactive steps. By learning our deen (religion), right?  If we are not able to articulate and respond points to these people, we need to learn our deen. We need to study our Qur’an.  We need– there are so many– we need to come to the Mosque, we need to build positive Muslim communities. Invite our colleagues, our neighbors and say: “they don’t represent us”.  “They don’t represent us”. We, the Muslim community represent one another.

And we care for our brothers and sisters in Palestine deeply.  And that is why we have these petitions for you. That’s why we have these petitions because we care about our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed in Syria and Palestine in different parts of the world.  We ask Allah SWT to have mercy on them. We need to pool our communal resources to do better responses against this Islamophobia industry that main stream media.  We have people who are very eloquent.  We have people who are good writers.  We need to use these things.  You know, write up opeds to the newspaper instead of just posting Facebook statuses, right?  We need to engage, interact with our communities and inshallah engage our representatives, and most importantly we need to learn our deen.  The most important thing is we need to learn our Qur’an.  We don’t know what our Qur’an says.  So when they mis-quote our Qur’an, we are not able to respond.  So inshallah let’s all make that niyah (intention). Let’s all make that intention that I am going to study my religion. I am going to make my children and teach them my religion and then use whatever gifts Allah SWT has given, me for the sake of deen.

Everyone has that intention inshallah? (audience responds “inshallah”). So let’s make that our intention.  And if you can’t do it, but Allah blessed you with wealth, then support these institutions.  Support these institutions, these masajid, those advocacy organizations like CAIR and others who are supporting Muslims and Muslim civil rights around the country.  We need to support these groups.”

 

TRANSCRIPT EXCERPT WITH AIFD EXPLANATION

The following is again the above 5 minute excerpt however with inserted comments from AIFD highlighting and explaining the obvious suggestions which Mr. Ali was making.

[ALI] “But as we enjoy this day, let’s not forget our brothers and sisters who are struggling.  The prophet (pbuh) said that, he said [Arabic]. That the believers are like one body.  When the eye hurts, the whole body hurts.  When the head hurts the whole body hurts.  When you have a headache, you can’t just be chillin’.  You got a headache. Your whole body becomes unable to do anything, and this is the example the believers are like one body.”

[AIFD] This is a reference to the Islamic concept of the Ummah,, or faith community. The word (absent any reform) also means nation state. Any Muslim who deviates from the ummah (or nation) leadership in dissent is considered a traitor. In order to make claims of treason (riddah) or hypocrisy (munafiq). Religious leaders often refer to this hadith (saying of the Prophet Muhammad) which compares the ummah to one body. The implication is that anyone who deviates from the ummah leadership is sickening the body. He follows this with more clarity about whom he is referring.

[ALI] “Those who aren’t concerned about our brothers and sisters. They are not from amongst us. Today there is an entire industry that is vilifying Islam and vilifying Muslims. And saying that Muslims are the aggressors, Muslims are the terrorists, well in fact, so many Muslims are the victims all across the world. And we need to understand this. We need to make du’aa for this.”

[AIFD] In the past several days, members of the mosque have written letters to the editor and exchanged communications asserting that Dr. Jasser “listened to a different sermon,” and that it was irrational for him to say Yaser Ali was referencing him in his sermon. The attempts at trying to make Dr. Jasser look dishonest reveal their panicked hypocrisy. He first discussed the ummah. Then clearly states that “they are not from amongst us”. The ‘they’ are obviously Muslims who are ‘not concerned’. The ‘us’ is necessary to make it clear that the Muslim he is referencing is part of the ummah  but is ‘not from amongst us’ (or a hypocrite). If Mr. Ali was not referring to the local Dr. Jasser who happened to be in the audience, then he and his supporters should provide a few names of other obvious Muslims to whom he may be referring. Remember, the names should be so obvious that the audience would all know about whom he is referring. The other question is if he was not referring to Dr. Jasser, how did this topic become such an important one for the Scottsdale Mosque? Was Scottsdale experiencing a groundswell of other rebellious Muslims trying to divide the community in a fitna (division) so they needed this admonishment during the widely attended family oriented holiday sermon?

For additional context regarding Mr. Ali’s comment about ‘those who aren’t concerned about our brothers and sisters’: during the week preceding this sermon,  groundwork had been laid in local social media (of many attendees of the mosque) that Dr. Jasser’s appearance 4 days earlier on a Fox News program did not demonstrate adequate concern for Palestinians due to his scathing critique of Hamas. Supporters of Yaser Ali had directly confronted Dr. Jasser’s family and friends about his so-called ‘bias and abandonment of Palestinians’ during that interview. The truth was that I had started my comments on Fox speaking to the fact that the profound suffering of the Palestinian people was real and was primarily the fault of Hamas. The unmistakable conclusion is that criticism of Hamas equates to antipathy towards Palestinians and all Muslims—such is the mantra of Muslim Brotherhood type ideologues. 

[ALI] “There are people who are paid, even Muslims, who go on Fox News and speak ill against Muslims–who speak ill against our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

[AIFD] Now just in case anyone missed his point or had any doubt about whom exactly he was talking, he further underscores the fact he is particularly talking about a Muslim who is not part of the ummah, (a Muslim who goes on enemy media). He states,“even Muslims who go on Fox News”. Especially in Scottsdale Arizona that doesn’t leave much room for guessing. Fox has few if any commentators who are Muslim besides Dr. Jasser due to the rarity of conservative Muslim voices of reform.He also makes a false assertion with no evidence that the said Muslim is paid, which is typical rhetoric for Islamists who wish to harm the reputation of Muslims who dissent – they assert we are paid agents (I am not a paid Fox News contributor). He then continues, “and speak ill against Muslims—who speak ill against our brothers and sisters”. ‘Speak ill’ obviously implies that Dr. Jasser is tarring the community—more implications about deviating from the ummah.

[ALI] “And we need to ask ourselves, this is something that is really a problem, and we can’t just complain, but we need to ask ourselves, do we love Islam more than they hate it?”

[AIFD] Now after Mr. Ali has made it clear that he is speaking about Dr. Jasser, he asks the question, “do we love Islam more than they hate it?” drawing the obvious conclusion from the statement he just made about Muslims who speak ill of other Muslims — that Dr. Jasser must hate Islam and his listeners in this holiday audience must love it. Ali draws the line: Dr. Jasser (the hater) is one of “them,” and not one of “us” (the we).

[ALI] “People have spent their careers attacking Islam. The Islamophobia industry is huge today. And their whole job is to vilify Muslims–make them look bad.  Make the masajid, look bad.  Well, in fact, how do we respond? Not just by complaining, but by taking proactive steps. By learning our deen (religion), right?  If we are not able to articulate and respond points to these people, we need to learn our deen. We need to study our Qur’an. “

[AIFD] The obvious implication here is that the Muslim he was speaking about does not know his religion and if anyone is going to refute him and the “Islamophobia industry” then they just need to learn their religion and Qur’an. CAIR’s constant libelous mantra against Dr. Jasser is that he is part of the so-called “Islamophobia industry. Again, no other Muslim is identified by CAIR as part of this Islamophobia industry. So when Mr. Ali refers to a Muslim within the ummah who is not one of us and then to the Islamophobia industry he’s obviously participating in CAIR’s campaign against Dr. Jasser. Any denial of that is laughable. Again, if Mr. Ali denies this, he needs to identify other Muslims known to the Scottsdale community to whom this may apply.

[ALI]“We need– there are so many– we need to come to the Mosque, we need to build positive Muslim communities. Invite our colleagues, our neighbors and say: “they don’t represent us”.  “They don’t represent us”. We, the Muslim community represent one another.”

[AIFD] This is the crux of the argument he is making against “those Muslims who speak ill of the community”. He implores the community to tell everyone that “they don’t represent us” – “they don’t represent us’ (said twice) Once again, he is defining “the Muslim community” as a separate entity of which Dr. Jasser has no part.

Further context: to those who still believe these comments do not or may not refer to Dr. Jasser. Let us look at the response of known local antagonists to the AIFD. Very shortly after the sermon concluded later that day on the Eid holiday itself, Dr. Matt Masalkhi (a local anesthesiologist) started a Whatsapp (mobile chat) session in which he included over 50 local Muslims. The group was entitled “No to the Zionists within,” and he opened the discussion with: “Hello everyone, I heard about what transpired at ICNEV yesterday. Kudos to the imam for his comments about the last appearance of Dr. Jasser on Fox Channel. Enough is enough and somebody should have the guts to say it as it is. He is a Zionist by definition. And we should not be pacifiers or practice silence of the lambs. Please stop supporting him.” Another Muslim from ICNEV, Mr. Tarif Jaber, also on the heels of the related sermon called for “what we can do is  make sure he does (not sic) identify himself as a representative of the Muslim community in Phoenix and/or Arizona when he appears on Fox News or similar media channels. As suggested earlier by Imam Yaser Ali, an official petition should be signed by members of all mosques in Phoenix indicating that he does not represent anyone but himself. The petitions can also be posted in official local news papers and other media.” He later added, “action, action, action,”  A Sam Alnajjar wrote, “I think you need the masjids of Phoenix to write that he doesn’t represent the Muslim community in general and just his organization” Further, participants planned actions against me, such as leaving tables when I would approach at a social function, ostracizing my family and so on. The conversation was hostile and mentioned me several times. We provide two screenshots, below. (Note: it appears Mr. Jaber meant to say “make sure he does not”, not “make sure he does”, in reference to Dr. Jasser representing Phoenix-area Muslims.

whatsapp excerpt

[ALI] “And we care for our brothers and sisters in Palestine deeply.  And that is why we have these petitions for you. That’s why we have these petitions because we care about our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed in Syria and Palestine in different parts of the world.  We ask Allah SWT to have mercy on them. We need to pool our communal resources to do better responses against this Islamophobia industry that main stream media.  We have people who are very eloquent.  We have people who are good writers.  We need to use these things.  You know, write up opeds to the newspaper instead of just posting Facebook statuses, right?  We need to engage, interact with our communities and inshallah engage our representatives, and most importantly we need to learn our deen.  The most important thing is we need to learn our Qur’an.  We don’t know what our Qur’an says.  So when they mis-quote our Qur’an, we are not able to respond.  So inshallah let’s all make that niyah (intention). Let’s all make that intention that I am going to study my religion. I am going to make my children and teach them my religion and then use whatever gifts Allah SWT has given, me for the sake of deen.”

[AIFD] Again here he is still speaking about the same issue and now moving from activism toward community resources stating“pooling resources to do better responses against the Islamophobia industry. Everyone has that intention inshallah? (audience responds “inshallah”). Their group promise of inshallah (God willing) is confirming their intent to dedicate resources and activism toward combating the “Islamophobia industry” as defined by CAIR.  Quite telling is that he then made the link abdundantly clear giving the highest endorsement of CAIR’s work in this field by giving a direct fundraising pitch for CAIR an organization known to be at odds with Dr. Jasser over the very issue of Islamophobia. It is quite telling that Ali’s only fundraising pitch is for CAIR, an organization hatched from Hamas in 1994 and remains persona non-grata with the FBI due to its position on Hamas. CAIR, in fact recently refused to debate Dr. Jasser at Georgetown in an open letter. CAIR named Dr. Jasser as a key leader of the “Islamophobia Industry” in their last report. Contrary to Mr. Ali’s cowardly denials, no other Muslims were identified in that report.

[ALI] So let’s make that our intention. And if you can’t do it, but Allah blessed you with wealth, then support these institutions.  Support these institutions, these masajid (mosques), those advocacy organizations like CAIR and others who are supporting Muslims and Muslim civil rights around the country. We need to support these groups.

[AIFD] His transition from a discussion about Dr. Jasser to fundraising for CAIR, an organization which has put out countless press releases and reports libeling Dr. Jasser also speaks to the evidence that Dr. Jasser is the target of this sermon. Imam Shqeirat in Tempe had a poster up in his mosque produced by CAIR identifying the “inner core” of the Islamophobia network and it had a photo of Dr. Jasser featured. When asked by prominent Muslims to remove it last April, Shqeirat refused. The oped notes that the Tempe mosque had a similar sermon in May, attacking Dr. Jasser given by Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA. Mr. Ali’s endorsement and fundraising for CAIR directly links this sermon and his political activism to CAIR’s work against Dr. Jasser.

After the above analysis any denial about what Mr. Ali was really talking about would be laughable from anyone whether antagonists or neutral toward AIFD or Mr. Ali.

Why Won’t CAIR Break with Iranian State TV?

While the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is certainly not alone in its celebration of the Obama Administration’s deal with Tehran, their statement on the matter is of particular interest considering the organizations cozy relationship with Iranian propaganda machines like Press TV.

CAIR has for a long time enjoyed prime billing on Press TV, a network owned by the Iranian government. Since the start of the Syrian revolution, CAIR’s leadership has continued to appear on Press TV – not to demonstrate moral courage and hold the Iranian regime accountable – but to slam the United States as “anti-Muslim” and advance many of the regime’s talking points about America’s relationship to Muslims. The Assad regime could not have murdered over 120,000 Syrians, mostly Muslims, without the support of the Iranian regime and its propaganda machine with which CAIR is apparently pleased to affiliate. How can an organization claiming to care about the well-being and civil rights of Muslims stomach Iranian state TV, much less parrot its propaganda countless times?

CAIR’s choice to celebrate the deal with Iran with a mere footnote added about the Iranian regime’s ongoing massacre of civilians is revealing: why doesn’t CAIR take its obviously cozy relationship with Iranian state TV as an opportunity to regularly and vehemently advocate for the lives of those Muslims who die at the hands of the Iranian regime? While the plight of the Iranian people themselves is of great concern, many Muslims are concerned about the impact of sanctions relief on Syrians. Will some 8 billion dollars simply stock the Iranian regime’s shipments to the Assad regime and its supporters – including Hezbollah?

Perhaps this is just another example of CAIR’s hypocrisy – while claiming to advocate for the civil rights of Muslims and “make democracy work for everyone”, Nihad Awad still won’t explain why he is on record saying he would support Hamas, and the organization cozies up to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a body responsible for advocating extraordinary infringements on civil liberties and freedoms through blasphemy laws and other dangerous means.

Pot, meet Kettle: UAE Designates CAIR, MAS as Terrorist Organizations

The United Arab Emirates has reportedly named a number of Muslim organizations as militant or “terrorist” organizations. Among them are the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Both of these are Islamist organizations we have criticized heavily and with whom we have been engaged in an ongoing battle of ideas. CAIR in particular merits heavy scrutiny as one of the leading Islamist groups in the country, and which engages in dishonest, malicious smear campaigns against any Muslim who dissents with their ideas or their methodology. CAIR and their ilk are undeniably problematic, standing in direct opposition to the principles of pluralism and individual liberty upon which this nation was founded.

Ideally, the UAE’s move would cause individuals associated with these groups and broader American society at large to see these organizations for what they really are: purveyors of Islamist apologetics and the malignancy of supremacism.

Unfortunately, however, this list will do no such thing. Rather, it places CAIR in exactly the position they most enjoy: that of the victim. When an oligarchical Islamist monarchy such as the UAE targets a populist Islamist group like CAIR, CAIR’s ability to prey on both Muslims and non-Muslims by claiming victim status is strengthened. CAIR is put in a position where it can both claim persecution in the United States and abroad; endearing to its cause those who simply don’t know to read between the lines. CAIR has already responded to the UAE’s move by demanding clarification and to be removed from the list entirely, as well as claiming shock that they are named at all.  Could this be a case of organizational amnesia? Surely CAIR knows of its own ties to Islamist movements, its connection to imams who praise Yusef Qaradawi, its historical connection to Hamas and the outright support many of its chapter heads demonstrate for the Muslim Brotherhood?

As tempting as it may be for anti-Islamists to applaud the UAE’s recognition of CAIR and their ilk as malignant and terrorist, we caution against doing so. It is important to remember that fascists – from genocidal Bashar al-Assad in Syria to Mubarak and now al-Sisi in Egypt – have attempted to push underground those groups with whom many of us take issue; but not because these fascists value liberty and freedom. Rather, they do so in order to advance their own tyrannical agendas whilst empowering Islamist groups behind the scenes. Mubarak’s decades-long tryst with the Muslim Brotherhood is now no secret to the world; and finally people are beginning to see that continuing to allow Assad to remain in power has boosted groups like ISIS, not challenged them. Simply put, the UAE is only fueling populist Islamism and its progeny, not defeating it. The UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Arab monarchies advance core Islamist beliefs but just want a single tribe to control the Islamist government rather than a populist movement. Like every other fascist government, the rulers of the UAE stand in direct opposition to individual liberty, women’s rights, freedom of conscience, equal rights for minorities and all other human rights we who stand on the right side of history consider to be inalienable. We should not be fooled into thinking that the UAE has our security or our values in mind when it purports to seek an end to extremism.

While it makes perfect and responsible sense to know who these groups are, we must also remember that by simply declaring them “terror groups,” we are not defeating their ideas. In order to prevent their ideas from leading to violent extremism, we must defeat them in the open arena of free speech or else they will garner even more support by indoctrinating Muslims with the lie that secular governance is about autocracy rather than about religious liberty. This includes dissuading those in positions of power from advancing their ideology out of sympathy for them as “victims,” and being smarter than to think their fascist brethren are ever on our side.