Devout Muslim, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Defends Movie, The Third Jihad

January 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relation [a disgraced organization, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest domestic Hamas terror funding prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation1] has lately been making waves in the Big Apple's media market.

The basis for CAIR's latest display of pique centers on the use of a film The Third Jihad - Radical Islam's Vision for America as part of the training material for New York police officers.

CAIR and its media cohorts, primarily the New York Times, suggest that the movie is a dark work which stokes religious hatred.

All of the usual suspects have chimed in of course, supporting CAIR's preposterous claims while trying to gain sufficient political momentum to justify censorship of speech that is critical of Islamism - a central tenet of Shari'a, Islamic law.

It's important to note that the film is narrated by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim with an impeccable pedigree, "...Jasser is the son of Muslim-Syrian immigrants. After medical school, Jasser served as a US Navy doctor. He was later an Attending Physician to the US Congress. Jasser has since been in the private practice of internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix. He is the immediate-Past President of the Arizona Medical Association." [source,]

Mr. Jasser is highly critical of how The Third Jihad is being characterized stating that his organization, The American Islamic Forum for Democracy, "unequivocally supports the efforts of the New York Police Department and its Commissioner Raymond Kelly to fight the insidious ideology of militant Islamism. The NYPD has been an international leader in this fight and has paid a heavy price for being at the forefront of the ideological war that must be waged. Lost in the shoddy and biased reporting was the most basic fact that NYPD's counter-terrorism programs have protected New Yorkers and Americans from a vast number of increasing threats like Faisal Shahzad, the Time Square Bomber, who embodies the radicalization described in the Third Jihad. This week's attacks on the NYPD and now Chief Kelly are yet another example of the depths of deception that groups such as CAIR are willing to go in order to suppress any criticism of the organization. This attack has nothing to do with the rights of American Muslims and everything to do with the efforts of CAIR to use American Muslims as a tool to suppress dissent and frame our communities as victims of American society."

Jasser similarly judges the conduct of the New York media in this matter:

"The editorial board and reporter Michael Powell of The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves. They have abandoned any journalistic standards in their factless regurgitation of the CAIR mantra. The New York Times seems to care little about genuine Muslim diversity or addressing the root causes of terrorism. This latest attack is simply part of a systematic attempt to dismantle the efforts of NYPD to address the root causes of radicalization within American Muslim communities."

Asked whether the film is Islamophobic, Dr. Jasser states, "The Third Jihad is not anti-Islam or anti-Muslim. If it were I would not have been a part of it. For me, it was an opportunity to speak with my co-religionists about the threat that exists to our children and our very way of life. It is a wake-up call for our community to accept our responsibility to fight against an ideology within our communities that seeks to strip us of our Constitutional freedoms. CAIR's victimization of American Muslims emboldens that sinister ideology."

After having viewed the Third Jihad numerous times we can find nothing false in its portrayal of what the Islamists have planned for America and the West in general. Absolutely, there are disturbing, sometimes sickeningly bloody scenes depicted in the work. But contrary to what significant parts of the MSM and CAIR's hate machine allege, the documentary is not Islamophobic, these events really happened [and continue to occur on a regular basis] and the acts were committed by Muslims, often claiming specific Quranic justification as the basis for their mayhem.

The New York Times, CAIR and the rest of the caterwauling anti-American left had better get used to it, the anti-jihad forces in America, rather than being silenced by such tactics note its presence as confirmation of the movement's effectiveness and success.

End Note:

1. Regarding the true nature of CAIR, we recounted in a recent piece CAIR Makes Common Cause With Occupy Wall Street Marxists, the organization's troubling associations.

"CAIR is a highly controversial radical Muslim pressure group whose associations are so noxious that it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator [see, U.S. Dist. Court Document U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development [see doc at Holy Land Foundation Unindicted Co-Conspirators] in the nation's most extensive prosecution of domestic funding of the terrorist group Hamas, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. In that proceeding, all of the defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.

Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, one of the co-founders of the Texas chapter of CAIR. Elashi was already serving a long sentence due to his conviction in U.S. vs. InfoCom, also a terror related case.

In post prosecution court proceedings CAIR was specifically linked to Hamas by Federal judge Jorge Solis.

'The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas,' U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling' [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing,]

In June both CAIR as well as its CAIR Foundation lost their tax exempt status for reasons among which were repeated failure to file IRS form 990, a requirement of all tax exempt entities. [see, IRS document located at,]

In another damning revelation [a story broken by the Investigative Project, see,] regarding the nature of CAIR, Fox News reported that the group's Executive Director, Nihad Awad, had solicited funding from ex-Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi who recently assumed room temperature. Qadafi is reportedly on display in a meat locker located in Misrata, Libya.

'A letter from the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and president of an offshoot group, Muslim Peace Foundation to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has added fuel to criticisms of the controversial group and what its critics say are some dubious fundraising tactics. In the letter, obtained by Fox News and dated Sept. 23, 2009, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad asks Qaddafi for funding for his new project called the Muslim Peace Foundation. Qaddafi was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly.' [source,] [source, Why Is The Sacramento Bee Carrying CAIR Press Releases?]"

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