Feisal Abdul Rauf is widely known as a moderate Islamic cleric, but also as someone who once accused the US of complicity in the 9/11 attacks. Now he's sparked a virulent debate over religious freedom in the US.
Feisal Abdul Rauf is the soft-spoken yet determined Muslim cleric who is the driving force behind plans to build a controversial Islamic centre two blocks away from the Ground Zero site in Lower Manhattan. Although the Egyptian-born imam is a leader in inter-faith dialogue, he has also sparked a virulent debate over religious freedom in the United States.
'Ground Zero mosque' raises questions of tolerance and grief
A site near Ground Zero, luck or provocation?
Rick Lazio campaign ad attacking "The Ground Zero Mosque." Source: Youtube user "nydailynews"
Reconciliation above all
Feisal Abdul Rauf was born in Egypt in 1948 and emigrated to the United States 12 years later. He thrived as a student in New York, graduating with a degree in physics from Columbia University. Beginning in 1985 he became actively involved in New York’s Islamic community through his work as an imam at Masjid al-Farah, a small mosque also located near the Ground Zero site in Lower Manhattan.
The imam’s contradictions
TV programs like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have attacked critics of the Islamic center. Source: Comedy Central
Date created : 2010-08-26