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Last week, the Community Board 1 finance committee, composed of 12 people, voted unanimously in support the mosque after Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan, made a presentation. No one knew about this meeting; no public announcement was made. The matter will now go to the full committee (more than 40 people). The full committee of Community Board 1 will be meeting on May 25. WE NEED YOU ALL TO ATTEND TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION.
Community Board 1 has no legal authority. Their “approval” or disapproval is in no way binding on the matter, but the media will be there and we need to send a message to Rauf, Khan and Mayor Bloomberg: This is wrong. This will do terrible harm to the 9/11 family community.
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From Bill Doyle, 911 family member and father of the beloved Joey Doyle,
Plans have been announced to build a mega-mosque and cultural center at 45 Park Avenue, just 600 feet from the footprint of the north tower at the World Trade Center site. The building housed the Burlington Coat Factory, which was reportedly damaged in the attacks and which has stood vacant all these years. It’s owners sold the building to Soho Properties for $4.85 million dollars in cash. Yes, CASH. Soho properties CEO Sharif Al-Gamal has not identified the company’s other investors, but we know that one of them is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative www.cordobainitiative.org. Rauf has ties to Gulf money and has received funding from the Malaysian government, the location of the largest Muslim population in the world. Malaysia embraces shariah law and has separate shariah courts. In January, three Christian churches were fire-bombed after a Catholic newspaper referred to the Christian God as “Allah.” Rauf wrote that while this might have been legal, it was “socially inappropriate” because it upset the Muslim community, 60% of the population. He also maintains that the Prophet Mohammed was “the world’s first feminist” and that the two biggest myths about Islam was that it promotes terrorism and that it oppresses women. He says the prophet Mohammed was “the world’s first feminist.” He embraces shariah law and says that it is a benign set of pious rules which are completely compatible with the U.S. Constitution.Rauf is the imam of the Masjid Al-Farah mosque, a storefront mosque in Tribeca. He and his wife, Daisy Khan, (executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement–founded by Rauf) have told the media that the mosque is needed in this location to meet the needs of the Muslim population there. They hope to “grow the Muslim community” in lower Manhattan. They specifically chose this site because of its proximity to ground zero. They want to change the narrative about 9/11. They contend that the 19 hijackers “were not Muslims.” They believe building a mosque there would amount to “something positive” coming out of 9/11.
Rauf has stated that the U.S. was complicit in the attacks because of its foreign policy which victimized Muslims. He maintains that terrorism will not end until the U.S. brokers a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel and the U.S. stops humiliating Muslims.
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Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager
Michael Levine, Director of Planning and Land Use
Yume Kitasei, Community Liaison
Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator
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