Faithkeepers has been endorsed by a group of Muslim activists concerned about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, endorsed the film as follows:
Faithkeepers is a timely film that raises public awareness of the plight of minorities under the oppressive forces of Islamist movements and their regimes. It is patently absurd to claim that such an awareness is somehow anti-Muslim. No. In fact there is nothing more pro-Muslim and pro-Islam than shining a light upon the tyrannical forces of Islamist theocrats who suffocate free speech, religious freedom, and all minority voices including anti-Islamist Muslim dissidents and reformers. Anything humanity can do to shine this light is a legacy that will benefit all future generations Muslim and non-Muslim. The forces opposed to this film and its efforts to educate are only helping the global forces of Islamist tyranny and their efforts to monopolize the diverse voices of our Muslim communities.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The collective endorsement signed by the other 24 is as follows:
As Muslims, we applaud the makers of the powerful documentary, “Faithkeepers,” for bringing attention to the persecution of Christians and other minorities, including Muslims, in the Middle East. We urge all houses of worship to show the film and take action to help those in need so that we may live in peace and freedom together, regardless of faith.
We understand that there will be those with various agendas who will try to suppress this film using false accusations that it is ‘Islamophobic’ or bigoted. We find it to be neither. We are disappointed that opponents would choose character assassination of the filmmakers over constructive criticism and dialogue.
We, like the makers of the film, oppose anti-Muslim bigotry. We see an opportunity for Muslims to counter such bigotry by supporting “Faithkeepers,” standing arm-in-arm with people of all faiths against the Islamist extremists and other persecutors committing these atrocities.
Let us come together and come to the rescue of those in need.
Raheel Raza President, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz Executive Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Sheikh Ahmed Subhy Mansour President, International Quranic Center
Tawfik Hamid Islamic thinker and reformer
Dr. Mohamad Kamal Allabwani Founder of the Syrian Liberal Democratic Union and Director of the Damascus Institute for Research and Studies
Oubai Shahbandar Arab News columnist, former senior adviser to the Defense Department, international security program fellow for New America and Syrian-American analyst.
Anila Ali President, American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council, member of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and Democratic Party activist.
Shireen Qudosi Director of Muslim Matters at America Matters and founding editor of the Qudosi Chronicles.
Tahir Gora President, Progressive Muslim Network Worldwide
Christopher Bilardi Research Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Ahmad Vanya Muslim activist for Islamic reform
Hasan Mahmud General Secretary, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
Farzana Hassan Columnist, Toronto Sun
Waseem Mahmood Chairman, Yeh Hum Nahin (This is Not Us) Foundation in Pakistan and contributor to U.S. State Department Countering Violent Extremism projects
Salim Mansur Vice President, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
Bilal Rashid Former President, Burmese Muslim Association
Sohail Raza Director, Forum for Learning
Noor Dahri Founder and Director, Pakistan-Israel Alliance
Imaad Malik Consultant for Special Projects, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Mudar Zahran Secretary-General, Jordanian Opposition Coalition
Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse President, Center for Pluralism
Amed Khan Founder of Elpida Home, President of Paradigm Global Group, Inc. and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in 1996.
Ajmal Sohail Leader, Afghan Liberal Party
Johnny Martin Youth Director, Arizona Interfaith Movement & supporter of the Muslim Reform Movement