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Secretary Clinton should bar Imran Khan from entering the U.S.

Anti-American politician should not have access to U.S. to fundraise for Islamist Extremism

WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2012) — The American Islamic Leadership Coalition released the following statement in response to the announced visit of Pakistani politician Imran Khan to the U.S.:

“Secretary Hillary Clinton needs to revoke the U.S. visa granted to Imran Khan, founder of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Imran Khan is an anti-American politician who regularly defends the Taliban and justifies its action as “Jihad.” In June 2011 he stated that “Confronting the U.S. won’t destroy us (Pakistan). Look at Iran. What have they been able to do with Iran, a country that does not even have nuclear weapons?”

Khan is scheduled to speak at a fundraising dinner and Eid celebration in New York on October 26. In a promotional e-mail, the American organizers of the event claim “All the money raised will be used to change the political as well as social structure of Pakistan by implementing the law across the board, Insha’Allah (Allah be willing).”

The “law” Imran Khan wishes to implement in Pakistan is a medieval interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence, whose application is often devoid of spirituality and compassion.   For example, Imran Khan is on record stating “As Muslims we are bound by Sharia and if the Taliban are enforcing that, we should welcome it, not be fearful of it.”

The U.S. Embassy made a significant error in granting this Islamist leader a visa and Secretary Clinton should exert the power of her position and revoke the visa immediately.  Granting individuals like Khan access to the U.S. to fundraise is against the interest of the people of Pakistan and the national security interests of the U.S.”

About the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.


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By Tarek Fatah (AILC Member)

Tuesday, August 21, The Toronto Sun

August is a month that brings both joy and grief to the 1.3 billion people of the Indian subcontinent. Joy, as we celebrate the end of nearly 200 years of British colonial rule in 1947, and sorrow as we remember the one million who were slaughtered unnecessarily in a genocidal frenzy of religious hatred.

Punjab, my ancestral homeland, was sliced in two by the departing British to create the new state of Pakistan. In a few short months, the entire population of Punjab’s indigenous Sikhs and Hindus in Pakistan was either slaughtered or driven out by raging mobs of Muslim fanatics. On the other side of the border, there was more bloodshed.

READ MORE

By AILC Member Farzana Hassan

Toronto Sun, July 6, 2012

Women living in patriarchal cultures are often considered unworthy creatures.

Aruna Papp’s book Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi daughter’s memoir of honour, shame and love is a depressingly familiar tale of sexual abuse, forced marriages, marital friction and domestic violence. It highlights the most troubling and persistent issues that affect women living in honour-based cultures.

Unfortunately, victims often blame themselves for the abuse they suffer at the hands of male and, at times, female relatives. Rarely can they escape cycles of violence. Indeed some end up dead at the hands of their fathers, brothers and husbands at any suspicion of “immoral” or dishonorable behaviour.

Canada has had its share of honour-related deaths. The Shafia girls and their step-mother were all drowned by an irate father and his accomplices — his wife and eldest son.

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BY AILC Member Tarek Fatah

How did an Egyptian politician who makes no secret of his links to a jihadi terrorist outfit, outlawed by America, get a visa to visit the USA? How did a Pakistani politician who has made a career of bashing the U.S. be allowed to fundraise inside America?

A U.S. magazine revealed on June 21 that Hani Nour Eldin, a member of the Gamaa Islamiya was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to join a group of Egyptian legislators.

Read more

By Manda Ervin

PJ Media

June 3, 2012

Today, I received an email from an Iranian friend excited about the fact that at last American feminists seemed to be standing up for the women of Iran.

I was truly surprised recently upon hearing that Gloria Steinem finally decided to get involved and after so many years of silence is considering speaking out against the human rights violations that Iranian women have faced for thirty years.

For decades we have campaigned against the atrocities inflicted on the people of Iran, but American feminists have shown little interest in  addressing the ever-worsening plight of the Iranian women and children since the 1979 Khomeinist takeover. Their silence has been deafening.

Read the whole story

By Tarek Fatah

The Toronto Sun

June 5, 2012

Did the shooting at the Eaton Centre have links to the drug wars in Alberta?

This was the first question that came to my mind when I heard the dead man, Ahmad Hassan, was from Alberta.

In fact, until his murder, Hassan was wanted in Fort McMurray for failing to appear in court on cocaine charges following his arrest in a 2010 police bust.

On of Hassan’s co-accused was 19-year-old Abdinasir Dirie from the Totonto area, who was killed three months later in a Fort McMurray apartment.

Read the whole story.

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse group of U.S. and Canadian Muslim leaders who have joined together to defend our nations’ constitutions, uphold religious pluralism, promote international peace and security, and cherish genuine diversity in the practice of our faith of Islam

For far too long, ideologically-motivated groups closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and Wahhabism have dominated public discourse among Muslims in North America and Europe.  While portraying themselves as the voice of “mainstream” Islam, these groups actually pursue a highly political “Islamist” agenda inimical to the interests of Muslims themselves, and humanity at large.  Islamism, or political Islam, is founded upon the notion of Muslim supremacism, and calls for the establishment of an Islamic state or caliphate.

The founders of the AILC recognize that the majority of Muslims in North America, Europe and the Muslim world do not adhere to the tenets of Islamism.  This “silent majority” of pluralistic, tolerant and peace-loving Muslims deserves appropriate representation in the public sphere, especially when it comes to discussing and formulating public policy with regards to Islam and Muslims.  Unfortunately, Muslim groups that oppose Islamist ideology lack the immense financial backing often enjoyed by Islamists, who serve and benefit from the petrodollar-financed spread of Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

The inordinate degree of influence that Islamists have obtained in Western societies—enabling Muslim supremacists to impact and at times even dictate government policies, as well as public discourse among the media, academia and society in general—compelled us to establish the American Islamic Leadership Coalition.

Our goal in doing so is to counter Islamist influence and provide a genuinely American representation of our faith community, by amplifying the voice of the majority of Muslims who live in North America, and are grateful for the blessings of freedom we enjoy here, rather than resentful or antagonistic towards the prevailing laws and culture of the West

 

What we stand for:

1.      A firm conviction that the primary message and purpose of Islam is to share God’s infinite love and compassion with all creatures. Any actions committed in the name of our faith that obviously contradict or obstruct this primary message and purpose arise from a deluded—and often, highly politicized—interpretation of Islam.

2.      Definition of a Muslim as anyone who identifies him or herself as a Muslim. Period.

3.      Equality before the law of every human being, regardless of race, gender and/or religion.

4.      Separation of state and religion, and freedom of thought, expression and conscience, in accordance with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Articles 18 and 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

5.      Profound respect for Islamic scholarship, combined with a firm belief that no one claiming to be a scholar has the right to compel others to live according to his interpretation of Islam, and/or his legal dictates.  We believe that every Muslim is equally entitled to his or her opinion concerning the religion of Islam, and to practice his or her faith in an environment free of intimidation, reprisal or violence.

6.      We recognize the importance of religious values in encouraging people to live an honorable life of service to God and humanity, but firmly reject the Islamist claim that there is a theological requirement for Muslims to establish a so-called “Islamic” state and/or caliphate, or to formalize shari‘ah as positive law, governing the lives of Muslims.

 

The AILC seeks to:

1.      Provide Islam’s silent majority with a vehicle to reclaim our precious faith from those who seek to exploit it for worldly purposes, including the acquisition of political power.

2.      Offer a platform through which the silent majority of Muslims may express their diverse views of Islam to a wider audience, including policy makers, public intellectuals, the media and our fellow citizens in general.

3.      Provide a distinct alternative to Islamist ideology.

4.      Educate Muslims as well as non-Muslims regarding the difference between Islam as a pluralistic and tolerant faith, and political Islam, or “Islamism.”

5.      Expose the theological betrayal of the Qur’an and Sunnah (i.e., the example of the Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) by Islamism, and its disastrous impact on Muslim communities across the globe.

6.      Educate Muslims about the personal and societal benefits, and strong theological legitimacy, of non-political Islam, which serves as a true path (shari‘ah) to God. 

7.      Inspire Muslims to live in the “state of islam”—or self-transcendent awareness of and surrender to divine will—while recognizing and rejecting the deluded Islamist claim that God has commanded Muslims to establish an “Islamic state,” or that their falsely divinized and all-too-human understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah is identical to God’s will, which must be imposed upon others by force.

8.      Reclaim the concept of ummah to signify the broader faith community of all humanity, as well as individual faith communities other than Islam; and reject any and all politicized use of the term ummah to describe a segregated and supremacist Muslim community. 

9.      Foster the development of an intellectual, social, cultural, legal and political environment that encourages the free and open discussion of Islam, including the difficult questions that must be addressed to transform Muslims’ understanding of Islam, in order to live at peace with modernity and those of other faiths, while maintaining a profound and healthy respect for our own scripture (the Qur’an and Sunnah).

 

The AILC seeks to prevent:

1.      The instrumentalization of Islam for political purposes, and/or the exploitation of our faith community for political gain, whether by Islamists and their non-Muslim allies in the West, or their opponents.

2.      The imposition of laws based upon a falsely divinized human understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah, as often occurs when Muslims idolize shari‘ah without understanding it.

3.      The preferential treatment of, or discrimination against, any community based upon its religious beliefs.

4.      Legitimizing the practice of deception, intimidation and/or violence in the name of Islam.  

 

The AILC rejects:

1.      The persecution of Shi’ites, Ahmadis, Ismailis, Druze and Bohras, as well as those Muslims who have turned away from Islam and become agnostic, atheists or converted to another faith.

2.      The persecution of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority states. 

3.      The practice of ‘takfir,’ which allows so-called “scholars” and clerics to label fellow Muslims as apostates, and impose a death fatwa (religious opinion or ruling) upon them.

4.      The judicially- and/or extrajudicially-coerced observance of any religious or cultural practice that strips the individual of his or her autonomy and equality.

 

Conclusion:

Some members of the AILC were born in North America, while others immigrated from various parts of the world, drawn by the freedom and opportunities offered by the West.  Characterized by diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, some of us are strongly secular in orientation, while others are deeply rooted in the traditions of our faith, and thus intimately acquainted with its complex intellectual, theological, legal and spiritual dimensions.  Regardless of our individual backgrounds, however, we share a common pride in our Muslim heritage, and optimism regarding Islam’s ability to contribute to the further development of Western society, and humanity at large. As American and Canadian Muslims, we also explicitly embrace the U.S. Constitution and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as among our foundational and guiding principles.

We acknowledge that extremism is a major problem within the Muslim community, which brings shame and discredit upon all of us, while empowering those who seek to denigrate Islam as a religion of hatred, supremacism and violence.  Rather than adopt a “victimization” mentality or be offended by such claims, we view them as a challenge to bring forth a profoundly spiritual, practical and beneficial manifestation of Islamic life and teachings.  For we are convinced that the primary message of Islam is universal love, and that religion, properly understood, must function as a blessing, and not a curse, for all humanity. 

The AILC thus looks to the future, and not to the past, for the best days of the Muslim community: a community that we hope will fully integrate and participate with other North Americans to morally and spiritually enrich a society that has long served as a beacon of hope, peace, joy and well-being for the rest of the world.  May our nations, peoples and varied yet complementary faiths serve as a cornerstone for an emerging global civilization, in which different cultures and religions serve to mutually enrich, rather than threaten or destroy one another. 

 

“And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all into a single community, but [He willed otherwise] in order to test you by means of that which He has vouchsafed to you.  Vie, then, with one another in doing good works!  For unto God must you all return; and then He shall make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ.”  (Qur’an 5:48)

 

March 16, 2012 - By Manda Zand Ervin
American Thinker

When a group of us — American Muslims — went to New York City to voice the concerns of the silent majority and support the law enforcement there, we were confronted by the mainstream media’s unabashed hostility.

March 13, 2012 - By Ryan Mauro, Radical Islam.org

The Islamist pressure campaign against major law enforcement agencies is bearing fruit. They have put the NYPD on the defensive, thanks to some help from deceitful articles in the New York Times.

March 11, 2012 - The Blaze

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, appeared on Fox and Friends Saturday to discuss the support from “a silent majority” of Muslim-Americans for security measures like the controversial NYPD surveillance program of Muslims

March 9, 2012 - By ELISHA MALDONADO, International Business Times

On Monday, roughly three dozen members and supporters of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition gathered in front of police headquarters in lower Manhattan to symbolically stand beside the NYPD.

March 8, 2012 - By Phyllis Chesler, Arutz Sheva

There are Muslims out there who do not believe in extremism, says the writer, and who have organized to give voice to their views. She has met some of them.

March 7, 2012 - Christian Broadcasting Network News

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and several Muslim leaders commended the New York City Police Department for its surveillance of Muslim students.

March 7, 2012 - By Jerry Gordon, New English Review

On March 5, 2012, an unusual rally was held at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan.

March 6, 2012 - PIX 11 Morning News (New York)

This morning we spoke to C. Holland Taylor and Samir Abdelkhalek, who were part of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition who organized Monday’s rally showing support for the N.Y.P.D. in the wake of the Muslim spying controversy. See the video.

March 6, 2012 - By Jack Kemp, American Thinker

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founding member American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) www.americanislamicleadership.org said his words at a podium in front of New York Police Headquarters to voice his support for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and dispel the politically correct trope that the police are spying on mosques.

March 6, 2012 - By Eric Benson, Washington Square News

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition, a group of North American Muslim leaders and organizations, held a press conference at the New York Police Department headquarters yesterday.

March 6, 2012 - The Boston Globe

The rally, held by the American Islamic Leadership Coalition outside police headquarters, illustrated a division even among the faith’s adherents about how far authorities should go in seeking to protect the nation’s largest city from terrorists.

March 6, 2012 - By AP, ABC News

Muslim leaders from around the city met with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Tuesday, expressing their concerns with reports that the department was secretly monitoring Muslims, and offering suggestions on how to ensure the police and Muslim communities work together to combat terrorism.

March 6, 2012 - Arab News

Members of an Islamic coalition stood in front of police headquarters with signs to support the New York Police Department’s aggressive counterterrorism efforts, saying the agency is doing what is necessary to protect the city - and Muslims.

March 6, 2012 - By JESSICA SIMEONE, New York Post

A group of Muslims yesterday rallied in support of the NYPD’s controversial anti-terror surveillance of area mosques and Islamic social organizations and student groups.

March 6, 2012 - By Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Why exactly did New Jersey Governor Chris Christie join the mob bashing New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly last week over the force’s surveillance policies?

March 6, 2012 - By Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun

Since 9/11, New York City has been the target of 14 terrorist plots by jihadi groups or individuals. Not one of them succeeded. Thanks to the NYPD, all the conspiracies were nipped in the bud by their counter-terrorism and intelligence units.

March 6, 2012 - Fox News Insider

Last week, we learned that the New York Police Department is now using surveillance techniques on suspected terrorists within the Muslim community.

March 6, 2012 - By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze

"The police, they come to us and say, `Is everything OK? How can we help you?" he said Monday. "They are not trying to hurt us. For this, I want to say thank you and tell them I support them."

March 5, 2012 - AIFD Commentary

March 5, 2012 - By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

Members of an Islamic coalition stood in front of police headquarters with signs to support the New York Police Department’s aggressive counterterrorism efforts, saying the agency is doing what is necessary to protect the city - andMuslims.

March 5, 2012 - PJ Media

Where are the responsible Muslims? Supporting the NYPD in Manhattan today.

March 5, 2012 - By Liz Robbins, New York Times

About three dozen American Muslim leaders and activists assembled outside the headquarters of the New York Police Department on Monday morning to defend and commend the Police Department for its surveillance of Muslim communities.

March 5, 2012 - By Phyllis Chesler, The Phyllis Chesler Organization

The media was there in droves: CNN, FOX, the New York Times, ABC, AP, Newsday, and, of course, PJMedia. They quoted the speeches and interviewed the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) speakers.

March 5, 2012 - NY1 News

Muslim leaders joined Long Island Congressman Peter King Monday in support of the New York City Police Department’s efforts that some say unfairly targets the Muslim community.

March 5, 2012 - By JESSICA SIMEONE, New York Post

A group of Muslim Americans gathered outside NYPD headquarters this morning to support the Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims.

March 5, 2012 - By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, New York Daily News

Backed by a large banner that read “American Muslims Support NYPD,” Rep. Peter King and a group of Muslim clerics and activists Monday praised how the NYPD conducts surveillance as part of its anti-terrorism operations.

March 5, 2012 - By Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post

Standing in front of a large red, white and blue banner that read “American Muslims Support NYPD” with signs denouncing the Council on American Islamic-Relations and the New York Times editorial board, which have strongly opposed the surveillance program, members of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition took turns voicing their concerns.

March 5, 2012 - By Hunter Walker, Politicker

Republican Long Island Congressman Peter King held a rally outside One Police Plaza this morning to support the NYPD and Commissioner Ray Kelly in the wake of Associated Press and The New York Times reports critical of the department’s monitoring of the Muslim community.

March 5, 2012 - Islam Today

Members of an Islamic organization stood in front of police headquarters with signs Monday to support the New York Police Department’s aggressive counterterrorism efforts, saying the agency is doing what is necessary to protect the city - and its Muslims.

March 5, 2012 - By MATTHEW MCGRATH, NorthJersey.com

Muslims groups gathered in support of the New York Police Department in Manhattan this morning following revelations the NYPD set up surveillance of Muslim communities in two New Jersey cities and on 16 college campuses.

March 4, 2012 - By HEATHER HADDON AND JESSICA FIRGER, Wall Street Journal

NYPD Intelligence Program Sparks Debate Among New Jersey Muslims, Officials

March 2, 2012 - American Islamic Leadership Coalition Press Release

Join us Monday, March 5, at 10:00 AM EST at a press conference we are holding at One Police Plaza where American Muslim Leaders will gather to support the New York Police Department after months of scurrilous attacks against the courageous police and counterterrorusn programs of the NYPD.

February 29, 2012 - Forbes

On Monday, March 5, Muslim activist M.Zuhdi Jasser will lead a coalition of American Muslims and their supporters at One Police Plaza in New York as they demonstrate their support of the NYPD against accusations by such organizations as CAIR, The New York Times, and radical Islamic groups that they are unjustly targeting the Muslim community.

February 29, 2012 - By QANTA A. AHMED, New York Post

The relentless campaign to paint the NYPD as Islamophobic is itself an offense to Islam. In fact, our faith compels American Muslims to stand with the NYPD - both to protect the faith, and by its direct dictates.

February 26, 2012 - By Abigail R. Esman, Forbes

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American Muslims condemn massacre in Kandahar

Killing not representative of US Military’s otherwise stellar conduct in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC (March 15, 2012) — The American Islamic Leadership Coalition condemns the March 11th massacre of Afghan men, women and children in the village of Balandai, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  As American Muslims, we express our deep sympathy with the families of those who were killed and injured, and with the people of Afghanistan, who have suffered innumerable tragedies since the Soviet invasion over 32 years ago. 

The AILC is confident that the U.S. military justice system will appropriately charge the soldier involved in this killing, and impose swift punishment for any and all crimes he committed, through the commission of a reprehensible act that has betrayed the trust of both the Afghan and American people.

Without in any way minimizing or excusing the horrific nature of this massacre, we believe that the act of a single U.S. soldier should not be allowed to impugn the honor of hundreds of thousands of U.S., NATO and other allied troops who have dedicated the past ten years to helping Afghanistan develop a more advanced administrative, economic, educational, health and transportation infrastructure, while safeguarding its population from the Taliban’s medieval and brutal rule. We also realize that thousands of our brave compatriots in uniform have made the ultimate sacrifice to render Afghanistan a safer place, with often little to no appreciation for their efforts.

The Taliban leadership and other enemies of Afghanistan and the West are now seeking to exploit the despicable actions of one lone killer, in order to portray themselves as the defenders of Afghan pride and honor.  This is completely untrue.

Whereas the U.S. military justice system has already begun to adopt swift and effective measures to punish the U.S. sergeant involved in this massacre, and thereby discourage others from imitating his example, the Taliban has deliberately massacred tens of thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis over the past twenty years, and continues to implement this brutal policy on a daily basis.

The U.S. government’s response to the despicable act committed by one of its soldiers highlights a clear distinction between the massacre that occurred in Balandai, and the systematic targeting of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims by Islamist supremacists, acting in furtherance of their ideology.  Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram and other such groups deliberately attack churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, schools and other “soft targets,” in order to inflict maximum casualties upon those they regard as their enemies.

Yet despite this vivid distinction between Islamist extremists and the U.S. military—which seeks to minimize and prevent civilian casualties in a war zone—we should not lose sight of the possibility that the brutal murders committed in the village of Balandai may represent another manifestation of the “Breivik syndrome,” in which an individual commits a horrific act of violence motivated by intensely anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim sentiments. 

The combination of relentless acts of violence committed by Muslims with a supremacist political agenda (i.e., “Islamists”)—and the refusal of Western elites to directly explain and address why this is happening—is clearly prompting more and more Europeans and Americans to conclude that Islam itself is antithetical to the West, and that Muslims in general are “the enemy.” 

“If we extrapolate outward from the Breivik and Balandai incidents,” said AILC member C. Holland Taylor of LibForAll Foundation, “both could be warning signs about the growing radicalization of Western opinion, and to the potential for civil conflict in Europe and North America, if we fail to head it off.”

“I lay the blame for this polarization at the feet of Islamists, and Western elites who refuse to address the virulent ideology of Muslim supremacism,” said AILC member Tarek Fatah, who helped to establish the Muslim Canadian Congress.  “To fight malaria we need to drain the swamps, not kill individual mosquitoes,” he added.

“For the past few years I’ve been warning Muslims that if Islamist extremists commit another major attack on U.S. soil, the retaliation from our fellow Americans may go off the charts,” said AILC member Jamal Hasan of the Council for Democracy and Tolerance.  “It will be a tragedy of inconceivable proportions, if Muslim extremists provoke the West into behaving in a manner similar to that of the Islamists themselves.”

We are certain that the actions of the soldier who committed this atrocity do not represent the implementation of any U.S. policy.  On the contrary, we understand that the U.S. military in Afghanistan operates under strict rules of engagement designed to protect civilian lives and prevent the unnecessary destruction of property. Despite these rules of engagement, we realize that the stress of combat can, on rare occasion, trigger psychiatric illness and inexplicable acts of rage to which our soldiers are not immune. 

“There is no moral equivalence between the deranged act of a lone U.S. soldier, and the systematic violence and ideologies employed by Islamists to achieve their goals,” said AILC member Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who served eleven years as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy.  “Islamist terrorism is fueled by a pervasive ideology of hatred, supremacy and violence, and is completely antithetical to the ethical and spiritual teachings of Islam itself and other religions as well.”

The AILC wishes to remind both Muslims and non-Muslims that the ISAF presence in Afghanistan was established at the request of the United Nations Security Council.  The explicit purpose of this military intervention is to eradicate al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, and to deliver ordinary Afghan men, women and children from the horrors of Taliban rule.

About the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT:     Gregg Edgar

Gordon C. James Public Relations

gedgar@gcjpr.com

602-690-7977

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The American Islamic Leadership Coalition holds a press conference at One Police Plaza to demonstrate their support for the NYPD. Congressman Peter King (R-NY) joined AILC to support its efforts.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser speaks at a AILC Press conference in support of the NYPD and its counterterror efforts.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser speaks at a AILC Press conference in support of the NYPD and its counterterror efforts.

http://www.aifdemocracy.org/library/AILC-NYPD_Release_Final.pdf

 

American Muslims show support for NYPD counter-terrorism programs

 American Islamic Leadership Coalition gathers at One Police Plaza to stand with NYPD in its efforts to counter Muslim radicalization

NEW YORK (March 5, 2012) – Representatives of over 20 Muslim organizations and activists affiliated with the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) will gather on Monday, March 5, 2012 at One Police Plaza in New York City to demonstrate their support of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  The event starts at 10:00 AM EST and will be joined by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.

Since the 2007 release of its Intelligence Division’s landmark report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” the NYPD has come under a systematic and coordinated assault by highly-politicized Islamist organizations and their enablers, intent on dismantling the NYPD’s successful counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization programs. These groups would prefer to see American Muslims shackled to a mindset of victimization, and thus alienated from American society at large, rather than confront the very real issues we face in our communities, including the threat of extremist ideology.

It is important to note that published NYPD documents clearly and appropriately distinguish between the religion of Islam, and the highly politicized ideology of hatred, supremacy and violence characteristic of political Islam (i.e., “Islamism”), and especially the subset thereof known as “jihadi Salafism.”  Significantly, since the attacks of 9/11, the NYPD has displayed far greater courage in acknowledging and addressing the ideological factors that cause radicalization among Muslims, than have the majority of federal agencies explicitly tasked with defending our nation and its people. 

The AILC deplores the widespread tendency of government officials, journalists, academicians and activists to assume that Islamist organizations historically linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami, Wahhabism and Salafism represent mainstream American Muslims or our concerns.

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition recognizes and regrets the widespread fear of Islam and Muslims that has arisen in recent years in North America and Europe.  However, we ascribe this rise of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim attitudes primarily to the actions of Muslims themselves (i.e., Islamists), whose efforts to establish an Islamic caliphate, an Islamic state, and/or to impose an antiquated and falsely-divinized human understanding of Islamic law upon others by force, dominate our daily headlines, and inevitably generate a strong sense of disgust—and visceral mistrust—among many of our fellow citizens.

Any and all efforts to conceal the Islamist agenda, or render its discussion beyond the pale of acceptable discourse—by branding such talk as “Islamophobia” or “hate speech”—threatens not only our common freedom and security, but the very future of Islam itself.   For the Islamists’ prime goal is the silencing of Muslim opposition, and of any voice in the Muslim world that would challenge their monolithic, sterile and shallow understanding of Islam, which lacks the spirituality that enables religion to serve as a true path to God.

A campaign of vilification waged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies against the NYPD has reached new heights over the past six weeks, with no less than eight separate stories having appeared in the New York Times from January 24 – February 15, 2012, including an editorial from its editorial board and a page one feature, which concern the screening of a film entitled The Third Jihad to some 1,400 NYPD officers while they waited for a training program.

In light of the swirling controversy over the New York Police Department’s counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization practices, we feel it is our civic, moral and religious duty to publicly address a number of issues raised by this controversy.

We have viewed The Third Jihad, and regard the information presented therein to be both factually accurate, and important for our fellow Muslim and non-Muslim citizens to understand, debate and address.  The Third Jihad is narrated by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, an AILC founding member, and a devout Muslim, physician and former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.  At the very outset of the film Dr. Jasser states, “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat ofradicalIslam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.”

The Third Jihad explicitly distinguishes between the religion of Islam, and the highly politicized ideology of religious hatred, supremacy and violence characteristic of Islamism.  While the film does not examine the pluralistic, tolerant and spiritual traditions of Islam that lie at the heart of our own understanding thereof, this does not imply that the film is inaccurate in its depiction of what it specifically terms “radical Islam,” as exemplified by movements such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Wahhabism (aka “Salafism”) and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Notwithstanding Islamist claims to the contrary, we believe there is nothing inappropriate about the NYPD or other security agencies using the film The Third Jihad to help their staff understand and recognize the ideology that underlies and animates Islamist terrorism.

In recent weeks, other media outlets have targeted the NYPD for its community policing, and its monitoring efforts on college campuses, alleging that these constitute religious discrimination and profiling.

The AILC affirms that all inhabitants of the United States are entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of race, ethnicity and religion.  However, there is a major distinction between alleged religious profiling and sound law enforcement.  As Mayor Bloomberg stated recently:

We cannot repeat the mistakes we made after the 1993 bombing and slack in our vigilance…Reacting after the fact is not enough…We do not target individuals based on race or religion…We follow all possible leads wherever they take us.” 

The issue at hand is not “improper surveillance.”  Rather, it is the responsibility of the NYPD to know the communities it must serve and protect, and to anticipate any terrorist threats thereto, including those that arise from the ideological indoctrination of Muslims with a “jihadi-Salafi” mindset. In regard to the legality of the NYPD’s activities, we note that according to the modified Handschu guidelines, “[f]or the purpose of protecting or preventing terrorist activities, NYPD is authorized to visit any place and attend any event that is open to the public, on the same terms and conditions as members of the public generally.” 

To our knowledge, no NYPD counter-terrorism cases have given rise to departmental abuses of power.  Nor have any of the scurrilous attacks directed against the NYPD cited specific legal improprieties known to have occurred.  We find it particularly disturbing that while seeking to undermine public confidence in the NYPD through innuendo—and issuing calls for “oversight,” “corrective training” and “participation” by the “Muslim community” (i.e., Islamists!) in all counter-terrorist programs initiated by the NYPD—none of these reports have cited a single case in which the NYPD has been admonished by executive or judicial authorities for the tactics it employs to prevent terrorist attacks. 

Unlike those who dream of establishing an Islamic state or caliphate, members of the AILC are dedicated to the separation of state and religion and the defense of our constitution, which guarantees equality before the law and the right of all individuals to worship as they see fit.

Thus, we come to New York City as a coalition, to proclaim that American Muslims are not monolithic, and that a broad spectrum of Muslims support the courageous work of the NYPD to defend this city, and our nation, from attack.

About the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.

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MEDIA CONTACT:         

Gregg Edgar, Gordon C. James Public Relations

gedgar@gcjpr.com - 602-690-7977

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For Immediate Release

American Islamic Leadership Coalition gathers to stand with NYPD in their efforts to counter Muslim radicalization

WHO:

American Muslims under the leadership of the The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC), representing over 20 North American Muslim organizations and activists will come together in New York City to demonstrate their support of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The event will feature remarks from Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Tarek Fatah, Founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress; Manda Zand Ervin, Founder of the Alliance for Iranian Women; C. Holland Taylor, Chairman and CEO of the LibForAll Foundation; and Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. 

WHAT:

A press conference by a diverse, broad based group of American Muslim leaders who have come together to address recent controversies surrounding the counterterrorism programs of the NYPD. The public discourse concerning Muslims and NYPD has been dominated by a perception that American Muslims feel targeted. This press conference will give voice to a large coalition of American Muslims who feel otherwise and reject Islamist representation of their voices. AILC stands with the NYPD in its belief that the best way to fight terror is to identify its roots causes and address them head on.  

WHEN:

Monday, March 5, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:

1 Police Plaza

New York City, NY

MEDIA:

Open Press

ABOUT AILC:

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.

Media Contact: 

Gregg Edgar

Gordon C. James Public Relations

gedgar@gcjpr.com

602-690-7977

Muslim Americans ask Clinton to ensure justice for Ambassador Husain Haqqani

WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2012)- AILC has joined a group of prominent American Muslims that has appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her and President Obama to intervene in the matter of the former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani who is under house arrest in Pakistan and expressed a fear for his life.

The letter signed by among others, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and author Irshad Manji, asked Clinton to “let Pakistan’s military chief General Kayani and ISI boss General Pasha know that they will be held responsible for any harm that comes to Ambassador Haqqani.”

Ambassador Haqqani’s travails began after it was alleged that he had initiated a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, following the US military action inside Pakistan in which Osama Bin Laden was killed. The letter reportedly asked for American intervention in Pakistan in order to forestall a military coup.

Ambassador Haqqani vehemently denied these allegations, yet honorably offered to resign his position and return to Pakistan to clear his name and answer any questions. He acted in good faith, but Pakistan’s military-judicial establishment and the country’s anti-American media have “convicted him” in the court of public opinion, without the benefit of any criminal charges.

In the letter to Mrs. Clinton the American and Canadian Muslim leaders also asked for the safety of Ambassador Haqqani’s wife. The letter said, “We also ask you to ensure the safety of Ambassador Haqqani’s wife, currently in the US. She is constantly followed by ISI agents working inside America. She should have the ability to live here free from intimidation and threats.”

"We American and Canadian Muslims have watched with increasing anxiety the situation of the former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani. Motivated by our deep concern for the life and safety of Ambassador Haqqani we write to you to ask you to speak on his behalf. Ambassador Haqqani is living under virtual house arrest in Pakistan. Pakistan’s security agencies confiscated his passport and the judiciary, under pressure from the military, has restricted him from travelling outside Pakistan," the letter added.

The signatories of the letter to Mrs. Clinton said, “… Ambassador Haqqani … represented moderate Islamic values and was vocal in his opposition to radical elements in Islam, which was a source of pride for moderate Muslims in North America. During his stay in the United States, Ambassador Haqqani was an effective, intelligent and articulate refutation of all the negative stereotypes associated with the Islamist leadership inside America.”

Read the Letter Here

About the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.

Media Contact: 

Gregg Edgar

Gordon C. James Public Relations

gedgar@gcjpr.com

602-690-7977

 

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