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Americanism vs. Islamism: A Personal Perspective

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Dr. Jasser is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and served in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer from 1988-99. He finished his military service as a Lieutenant Commander with an Honorable Discharge in 1999 and is now in the private practice of internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2002, as a result of what he felt to be a paucity of Muslim scholarship demonstrating the synergy of American democracy and its founding principles with the religion of Islam, he set out to form AIFD. He felt that many Muslims came to America in fact somewhat similarly to our founding fathers and so many others’ seeking freedom, liberty, and the American dream in order to escape religious persecution from “Islamic” lands. He felt that AIFD could articulate in commentary and scholarship the fact that many Muslims believe they are able to practice their faith more freely and more Islamically (in a personal and secular fashion which is most suited to preserve one’s faith) in America than in any other place in the world. AIFD promotes Dr. Jasser’s view that it is the responsibility of Muslims in America and worldwide to lead the effort to combat Islamism and the ideologies which feed the terrorism committed by Muslims in the name of Islam.

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