Imam Rauf "Deeply Distressed"- but nothing will stop his victory mosque….


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Imam Behind Controversial Islamic Center Speaks Before Council On Foreign Relations

(NY1) thanks to DP111

Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind an effort to build a controversial Islamic center near the World Trade Center site, reaffirmed today that his goal for a peaceful project – with an eye toward reaching out to Muslims around the world and expressing a love for America.

Video here

In a speech this morning before the Council on Foreign Relations, the imam said that building the Islamic center will bring honor to the city and send a message that Americans are tolerant and live up to their ideals.

“In recent days some people have asked, ‘is there really a need for an Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan? Is it worth all this firestorm? The answer is a categorical yes!” Rauf said.

The imam returned many times to his American roots as he spoke, even defining himself as a New York Giants fan.

He says the story of Muslim Americans is the same immigrant story as the founders of the nation, and that every religion has radicals.

Moderate Rattlesnakes:

“Every religion in the world has extremists, sadly Islam is among them,” said Rauf. “All faiths have among their members those who distort and twist the core values for their own agendas. They advocate positions that we here and decent people all over the world and I assure you 99-point-whatever percent of Muslims in this world totally find this abhorrent.”

The imam says the real battle is not between Muslims and those of different faiths, and instead asked a coalition of moderates be formed to fight the extremists.

He said continuing the contentious debates and political fodder is only fueling an anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world.

Meanwhile, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani yesterday said there are two sides to Rauf.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Giuliani said that while Rauf preaches about reconciliation, he has also made candid remarks about the U.S. being an accessory to the September 11th attacks.

“He seems to be more interested in confrontation than in healing,” Giuliani said. “Those are very, very strong words and to enter into a suggestion of a threat, I worry about this as the kind of tactics he pursues.”

Giuliani says common sense and a dedication to healing should be reason enough to move the Islamic center to another location — adding that the families of victims deserve the utmost consideration.

Its not over before the fat lady sings.

9 thoughts on “Imam Rauf "Deeply Distressed"- but nothing will stop his victory mosque….”

  1. article in the Jordanian press from ’07:

    The Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad entitled “Sharing the Essence of Our Beliefs,” Rauf wrote, “People asked me right after the 9/11 attacks as to why do movements with political agendas carry [Islamic] religious names? Why call it ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ or ‘Hezbollah (Party of Allah)’ or ‘Hamas’ or ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’? I answer them this — that the trend towards Islamic law and justice begins in religious movements, because secularism has failed to deliver what the Muslim wants, which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . . . The only law that the Muslim needs exists already in the Koran and the Hadith.” A state based on the Koran and Hadith could only be called a theocracy.

  2. OK, so Rauf spoke at / to the CFR – why would he do that?

    Could it be because he is a member, or at least an advisor on religious issues?

    [Religious Advisory Committee

    The CFR Religious Advisory Committee is comprised of a distinguished group of religious and congregational leaders and scholars from across the United States.]

    * A few members of the group, with Rauf:

    Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles, CA

    Madeleine K. Albright, The Albright Group LLC, Washington, DC

    Reza Aslan, University of California Riverside, Los Angeles, CA

    Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago, IL

    ** Feisal Abdul Rauf, Cordoba Initiative, New York, NY

  3. Anyone good at translating Indonesian to English?

    I gather that HuT Indonesia isn’t taken in bt Rauf’s “bridge-building”, going by google translate…

    [… because many points of controversy in his book that triggered the Imam Feisal audience questions, including explaining that there flatform common between Islam and the U.S. Constitution, namely freedom, justice, equality and fraternity. In addition, Feisal also explained the old songs are often played among the Liberal Islam, Christianity and Judaism that has its roots in common with Islam as the family of Abraham (Ibrahim millat), besides Feisal also states, that between the Islamization and the Amerikaan not be substitutif (interchangeable), but is complementary (complementary).]

  4. Best suggestion I’ve seen – build it in Swordi Arabia (preferably in Mecca, next to the rock thingy, as an “interfaith” gesture of goodwill to all men, regardless of race / religion). I’m sure the Swordi moderates will welcome it, and fund it.

  5. Rauf – take a hike — over a bridge and into a volcano!!! Since Christianity is at least 600 years older than your shit religion, the only way you can justify that statement is by brazenly claiming all religions are islam – which they are NOT. Which mean you, Rauf, are nothing more that a snake tongued liar!! So take a hike…

  6. That link appears to be incorrect, as it leads to a 2005 article. From what I can find (using google translate) at the alghad site, Imam Rauf is identified as ” Sheikh Abdel-Raouf Youssef” الشيخ عبد الرؤوف يوسف as in this more current article: which mentions the mosque.

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