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NMGZ: It’s been a while since there’s been anything to report on the “Ground Zero” Mosque. We, of course, knew the silence did not mean the proposed mosque had been forgotten; not a chance. Their intention was to sneak it through, and so they did. “There’s nothing like it,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, adding that facilities will be open to all New Yorkers.” Ya think? This ” D’wah Center” will cast a rude shadow over Ground Zero. SHAME on you, Mayor Bloomberg!
And take note, they call it: Cordoba House… “Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain…. in the Middle Ages it was a capital of an Islamic caliphate “.
Plan for mosque near World Trade Center site moves ahead
Thursday, May 6th 2010, 6:53 PM
A proposal to build a mosque steps from Ground Zero received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 9/11 victims finding it offensive.
The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1’s financial district committee.
The $100 million project, called the Cordoba House, is proposed for the old Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site.
“I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community,” said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe.
Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found the Cordoba Initiative following the 9/11 attacks, said the project is intended to foster better relations between the West and Muslims.
He said the glass-and-steel building would include a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court. “There’s nothing like it,” said Rauf, adding that facilities will be open to all New Yorkers.
Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and a member of the Cordoba Initiative’s board, said donations are being sought to pay for the construction.
Khan said the project has received little opposition.
“Whatever concerns anybody has, we have to make sure to educate them that we are an asset to the community,” Khan said.
Khan said her group hopes construction on the project will begin by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Once built, 1,000 to 2,000 Muslims are expected to pray at the mosque every Friday, she said.
No one at last night’s meeting protested the project. But some 9/11 families said they found the proposal offensive because the terrorists who launched the attacks were Muslim.
“I realize it’s not all of them, but I don’t want to have to go down to a memorial where my son died on 9/11 and look at a mosque,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches – whose son Jim, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11.
“If you ask me, it’s a religion of hate,” said Riches, who did not attend last night’s meeting.
Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, L.I., whose son, Firefighter George Cain, 35, was killed in the 2001 attacks, called the project a “slap in the face.”
“I think it’s despicable. That’s sacred ground,” said Cain, who also did not attend the meeting.
“How could anybody give them permission to build a mosque there? It tarnishes the area.”
Check our files here at http://nomosquesatgroundzero.wordpress.com for more back ground on the Imam and the Muslim history of the area.
According to the NY Post, a vote by the full board will be held later this month. WRITE, CALL: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!
Contact info :
Sharif El-Gamal, Soho Properties, Chairman & CEO
45 Park Place
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Cordoba Initiative, Founder
Daisy Khan, American Society for Muslim Advancement Executive Director, Board Member of Cordoba Initiative
Members of all CB1 committee
Telephone: (212) 442-5050
Fax: (212) 442-5055
49-51 Chambers Street Room 715
New York, NY 10007-1209
Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager
Michael Levine, Director of Planning and Land Use
Yume Kitasei, Community Liaison
Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator
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