American Islamic Forum for Democracy

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American Islamic Forum for Democracy

American Islamic Forum for Democracy, or AIFD, was founded in 2003 by Zuhdi Jasser and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. The organization claims to battle "Islamo-facsism" and describes itself as "confronting the ideologies of political Islam and openly countering the common belief that the Muslim faith is inextricably rooted to the concept of the Islamic State (Islamism).” In 2012, the organization's revenue was $343,790. 

AIFD and Jasser have been the leading defenders of the Islamophobia network’s conspiratorial claims.

Jasser repeats Frank Gaffney’s claims that mainstream Muslim groups are fronts for Islamist groups wishing to advance Sharia and political Islam within the United States. Jasser also dangerously and incorrectly labels mainstream Muslim organizations as subversive, disloyal proponents of a radical-Islam takeover. He claims their “patriotism involves taking the American flag and adding a little crescent – and, of course, turning America into an Islamic state.”

Zuhdi Jasser has served as a witness for Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) radicalization hearings and has vocally defended the NYPD's Muslim surveillance program.

AIFD has received $120,000 in funding from donors in the Islamophobia network between 2008 and 2012. 


Source: Center for American Progress research is based on 990s filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.