This is not new. My colleague and President of Former Muslims United civil rights group, Nonie Darwish, reached to Muslim leaders in 2009 and 2012. We asked them to repudiate the Shariah legal doctrine that requires the punishment – and in most cases, the execution – of former Muslims who choose to exercise their rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech.
The “Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims” – “The Freedom Pledge” – was sent out to Muslim leaders nationwide, on a rolling basis. A list of the recipients is posted and updated regularly, with the date the letter was sent.
The first set of letters was received by Muslim leaders on September 25, 2009, with a second set sent October 20, 2009. Over 125 letters were sent to Muslim leaders nationwide in 2009. Click here to view the list of 2009 recipients.
Another set of letters was sent on July 4, 2012. This time it was sent to 234 Muslim leaders. Check here to view the list of 2012 recipients
How many leaders responded? Two. To date, only two Muslims have signed the pledge: Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and Dr. Ali Alyami of the Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. Prominent Muslim leaders lauded as “moderates” such as Muslim Brotherhood-tied Dalia Mogahed have been criticized for not showing support for the pledge.
Muslim Reform Group Reached Out to 3,000 US Mosques, Got Only 40 Responses by Stephen M. Kirby, Jihad Watch, February 24, 2017
In December 2015, a small group of Muslims met in Washington, DC to discuss the reform of Islam. With media fanfare, they named themselves the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM), issued a Declaration for Muslim Reform, and became the new face of “Muslim reformers.”
There was just one fundamental problem: the MRM never had support from the larger Muslim community.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, one of the MRM founders, admitted this on January 30, 2017, when he was interviewed in an article in The Federalist about the MRM’s recent one year anniversary: A Muslim Reformer Speaks Out About His Battle Against Islamism And PC. Jasser was asked about how many mosques the MRM had initially approached for support in 2015 and the nature of the responses from those mosques. Jasser’s answer was eye-opening:
-> “We spent significant resources on this outreach over a period of ten months. We reached out through snail mail, e-mail, and telephone to over 3,000 mosques and over 500 known public American Muslims. We received only 40-plus rather dismissive responses from our outreach, and sadly less than ten of them were positive. In fact, one mosque in South Carolina left us a vicious voice mail threatening our staff if we contacted them again”.
So the MRM made over 3,500 contacts within the Muslim community, but received only a little over 40 responses, of which less than ten were positive. So to work…