“Muslim Reform Movement: Is This Necessary and Why?”

SAVE THE DATE : Wednesday January 25th, 2017

“Muslim Reform Movement: Is This Necessary and Why?

Panel Discussion 


Salam Al-Marayati


 Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.

The primary issue that confronts the Muslim community both here in the US and other Western Countries is the possible reconciliation and integration of Islamic teachings with Western Liberal Democratic Values. Does Islam need to be reformed from the teachings at some of the Islamic centers in order to conform to Western Democracies or is it simply a misapplication of those teachings by individuals or groups who use Islam as a tool of terrorism for violent political action in the West? In any case, the questions of whether Islam as currently preached in the West, leads naturally to conflict and whether its need to be harmonized with Democratic Values is possible, will be addressed by our two very dynamic and knowledgeable speakers.


Salam Al Marayati is nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims, Salam is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is also a board member of the Muslim Reform Institute. He oversees MPAC’s groundbreaking civic engagement, public policy, and advocacy work.

He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences.

His writings have appeared in every major national news publication (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times), and his interviews have been featured on national and international news outlets (including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN).


A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD (American Islamic Forum for Democracy) in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960’s for American freedom. He is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their network of American Islamist organizations and mosques seek to exert on organized Islam in America.

Venue: The Fairmont Hotel Newport Beach

{4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660}

Wednesday January 25th, 2017

Time: 5:45 PM Registration/Reception