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May 28, 2009 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-05-28

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Special Report



Muslim Reform

Anti-Islamist American Muslim says Muslims must stem the tide of radical Islam.

Stories by Robert Sklar


slamic fundamentalism and home-
grown terror threaten the American
way of life and our national security
Assuring Western security, amid the
fanaticism of radical Islam and its intoler-
ance of basic human rights and Western
liberties, hinges on the ideological defeat
of political Islam.
While most advocates of political Islam
are non-violent, they ultimately share with
radical Islamists a desire to form Islamic
states. Therein rests the need for a sea
change within the Muslim community,
among radicals and moderates alike.
The West will be chasing splinter groups
of radical Islamists for the next century
unless pietistic Muslims, who believe in
Western nation states and their secular
system of law over the "Islamic state," win
the internal debate among Muslims.
America must wake up! At stake is the
primacy of our Constitution and gov-
ernance. Expanding pockets of Europe
already are Islamicized.
That's the core message delivered to the
Detroit Jewish community by a devout
American Muslim physician and former
U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who
has devoted much of his life to exposing
the danger of radical Islam in America.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is a self-described anti-
Islamist Muslim. He believes it is essen-
tial for devotional Muslims to lead the
ideological war against radical Islam by
separating the spiritual from the politi-
cal within Islam. That is the gateway to
ending terror. Islamism is a political and
militant movement, which is different than
the faith of Islam, a religion.
"It is very important for every American
to help facilitate this debate and, addition-
ally help those Muslims who are ready
to lead this debate against the advocates
of political Islam:' Jasser, president of the
Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum
for Democracy (AIFD), said in an exclu-
sive interview with the Detroit Jewish News
on May 11.
AIFD, founded in 2003, serves to edu-
cate and empower Americans about the
perils of Islamism. It promotes the U.S.
Constitution and seeks to engage Muslims

"All _faith groups in America
need to become part of facilitat-
ing a project to counter the influ-
ence and ideologies of the Muslim
Brotherhood and its splinter groups
around the world if we are to have
a sustainable security against radi-
cal Islam."

- Dr, Zuhdi Jasser

in recapturing a spiritual, pluralistic and
peaceful Islam.

New Documentary

Dr. Jasser shared his views with the IN
the day before the Michigan premiere
of the Clarion Fund's new documentary
film, The Third Jihad-Radical Islam's
Vision for America, at Temple Israel in
`-Vest Bloomfield. Jasser is the narrator and
human energy cell behind the film, the
byproduct of three years of research and
Jasser's investigations gave rise to the
riveting, timely expose of radical Islam
in America and the risks from cultural
jihad's push into our society's educational,
legal, political and financial systems.
The radical Islarnist's intent is to use
our democratic system to transform the
American way of life from within to a
society governed by Sharia law (Islamic
religious law rooted in the 15th and 16th
centuries). Radical Islam already pulsates
in such diverse places as Miami, Toronto,

London, Glasgow, Cairo, Bali, Saudi Arabia
and Turkey. It's not a coincidence that ter-
rorists have taken up residence in those
A physician in private practice special-
izing in internal medicine and nuclear
cardiology, Jasser is former physician to
the U.S. Congress. The Wisconsin native is
a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee (1988) and the Medical College
of Wisconsin (1992).
He is arguably the leading Muslim
proponent of impressing upon our poli-
cymakers the importance of halting the
third jihad's penetration into America.
Jasser strives to warn against infiltration
of Sharia law, especially into our banking

and finance system. He also addresses
domestic terrorism. He has spoken at
hundreds of events hosted by campuses,
places of worship and the government.
He comments regularly on the cable news
channels about Islam. Islamism and coun-

Fighting Back

To challenge fellow Muslims to initiate
a synergy between our constitutional
democracy and a pluralistic Islam, cer-
tainly no easy task, Dr. Jasser has put
his life and that of his family at risk.
He remains committed to Islam, but a

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