Muslim American wants more done to stop radical Islam; message doesn't sit well with others

Muslim American wants more done to stop radical Islam; message doesn't sit well with others

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - How do we stop future attacks by Islamic extremists?

A Muslim doctor visiting Birmingham Wednesday said fellow Muslim Americans need to do more to shut down radical Islam.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the president of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, spoke in Birmingham Wednesday. He said until theocratic Islam is addressed, we will continue to witness Islamic extremism, as the country did in Orlando.

"No, it's not all Islam that's the problem, but there's a problem in the house of Islam that needs to be addressed," Jasser said.

Jasser said it starts with reform.

"We start getting the message out that we recognize have a problem and help us counter and reform the 13th century ideas that are still stuck and haven't been addressed and then we can start to treat the disease at its core," Jasser explained.

It's a disease Jasser said was present in the Orlando Shooter.

"Bottom line is the virus that hijacked his personality was radical Islamism and theocratic Islam and until we Muslim counter that global virus is will continue to happen over and over," Jasser said. "Until we deal with the core issues we will continue to have these radicals get through as they have in Orlando, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, and Fort Hood."

Muslim Americans have spoken out against the actions of the Orlando shooter and other Islamic extremists who have committed deadly acts in this country, but Jasser said that's not enough.

"American needs to see us leading, declaring war on jihad that we want to jihad against jihad. There are Muslims being radicalized, lining up to fight for ISIS. Where are the lines of Muslims, not just to fire up press releases in to email and faxes? Where are the Muslims," Jasser asked.

The Birmingham Islamic Society and CAIR Alabama are very familiar with Jasser's beliefs.

They said he's a part of the problem and is only spreading Islamophobia.

Ashfaq Taufique, President of the Birmingham Islamic Society, shared this statement with us in response to Jasser's beliefs:

From available reports the Orlando perpetrator was a nominal Muslim who would frequent gay bars. His ex-wife described him as mentally unstable and bipolar who would take steroids. This mass murderer does not seem to be someone who understood the basics of Islam or sincerely followed its tenets. Certainly this is the kind of person who would fall prey to online radicalization by terrorists.

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