A number of Muslim organizations met in Washington, D.C., at the Heritage Foundation for a two-day summit on combating Islamic extremism. The leaders announced the formation of a new initiative called the Muslim Reform Movement.
The Muslim Reform Movement will focus on confronting extremist segments of the religion. According to the Washington Examiner, the group quickly released:
...a declaration of principles calling on Muslims to reject violent jihad and endorse religious freedom for all and secular government, and saying they will call out those who reject it.
During the panel discussion, Naser Khader, a member of the Parliament in Denmark of the Conservative People’s Party addressed ISIS directly, saying: “We reject the idea of an Islamic state.” He went on to discuss how Muslims must address ISIS:
“We cannot say that the Islamic State are not Muslims. That is what they call themselves.
If we the Muslims do not face the problem of violence that links to Islam in our time, how will we ever succeed in ripping Islam out of the hands of these destructive powers and lift our religion into the 21st century?”
Khader directed criticism at those who hold on to political correctness instead of challenging jihadist threats:
“Let's get rid of political correctness and grab this problem by the root.”
Farahnaz Ispahani, a former member of the Pakistani Parliament, made clear the aims of the summit; to provide a counterbalance to radicalization:
“We have all heard ‘Where are the Muslim voices?’... here we are, and we have others like us.”
Here is Ispahani speaking at the panel:
He told “Fox & Friends” co-host Clayton Morris that members of the Muslim Reform Movement posted their declaration on mosques in the D.C.-area in a symbolic reference to Martin Luther's reformation:
"Some of the members of our reform movement took it to the mosque in Washington, which is Saudi-affiliated, and put it on the door.
And we have video of them putting it on the door, and handing it to them and saying, 'We want a response from you about these things; and will you sign it and join us?'
If they don't, they're part of the first three or four steps of radicalization and Americans need to realize that."
Jasser added that he didn't expect the mosque to join the movement.
The terrorist attack in Paris, France, and the more recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, added additional significance to the discussion.
Muslim journalist Asra Nomani noted the importance of calling out radical elements specific to Islam in light of world events:
“Our jihad is a struggle for reformation. We are in a struggle for the future of our world… it is a struggle of ideology.”
Watch the entire forum from the Heritage Foundation here: