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Islam: Friend or Foe?
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is on record. NMAGZ received an urgent memo saying, ” ….in the strongest possible terms, get a copy of Rauf’s book “What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America.” (Also published as “What’s Right with Islam.” )
You can speak with great authority after reading it.”
They continued, “Rauf’s embrace of Shariah is all there, although he deliberately obscures the fact that Shariah is a non-secular form of government. And when speaking of Shariah courts, Rauf is careful not to use the term Shariah as he attempts to compare Orthodox Jewish religious courts to Shariah compliant courts. He also trashes corporate capitalism while devoting several pages to the phenomenon of African American Muslims. “
There’s lots more so,” PLEASE, READ THE BOOK.”
The meticulous Alyssa Lappen wrote that Rauf’s book was published in Malaysia in 2007 under the title, “A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble”. We’ve also been made aware of the book’ s subtitle: “Islamic Da’wah from the Heart of America Post 9/11.” See also a picture of the book’s cover which shows the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline–minus the twin towers.” It was pointed out that “Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf certainly knows how to tailor his message to his audience.”
And there is more at the Tribeca Trib where his wife Daisy Kahn is shown with her power point presentation…”… which should remove any doubt as to what they’ve said publically about their plans.“ The Tibeca Trib proclaimed:
By Matt Dunning
In place of the current building, where the Initiative has been hosting weekly prayer services since late last year, the group hopes to construct a gleaming 13-story worship, educational and cultural center. Daisy Khan, the Initiative’s executive director, said the center’s programming would be modeled after established religious community centers such as the 92nd Street Y. “It’s going to be a place not only for Muslim activity, but interfaith activity of the highest order,” Khan said.
While planning for the new center—to be called the Cordoba House—is still in the preliminary stages, Khan said the Initiative hopes to outfit the $100 million facility with a 500-seat performing arts theater, fitness center, swimming pool, and library, as well as public conference rooms, basketball courts and restaurants. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who co-founded the Initiative with Khan following the Sept. 11 attacks, said the center’s construction would be the culmination of years of planning, as well as the physical manifestation of his group’s efforts to better integrate Muslims into the larger American culture. (snip)
“If we do this right, we want to franchise this concept, and build other Cordoba Houses like this in other American cities, and cities around the globe.”
The proposal, which some speculated might be met with criticism from Community Board 1, instead drew a round of applause from the board’s Financial District Committee during a presentation Wednesday night. The 12-member committee voted unanimously in support of the center’s construction.
“Everything I’ve seen here, I like very much,” committee chairman Ro Sheffe said following the group’s presentation. “I think it’s a wonderful asset to the community.” (snip) However long it takes, committee member Pat Moore said new construction at 45 Park Place was long overdue. “Finally, we get that ugly space taken care of,” she said. (NMAGZ: That UGLY place still holds debris from one of the planes that hit the WTC)
(snip)….a wealth of endorsements from secular and faith-based organizations in the city—including the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Trinity Church and the city’s Catholic Archdiocese— ( NMAGZ: perhaps it’s time to start-up a letter writing campaign) … (snip) KAHN CLAIMS: “Most of the resistance we’ve encountered has been from people who don’t know the Muslim community,” Khan said. “Its just fear of the unknown…”
The Financial District Committee’s support could be viewed as a significant victory for the project (snip) … events like the Time Square incident can be damaging to groups like the Cordoba Initiative, they can also be a call to action for peaceful advocates of the Islamic faith. “It sets us back, because we end up having to prove ourselves all over again,” Khan said. “On the other hand, it’s a huge motivator for us to push back against these kinds of extremist views and actions.” ( END Tribeca Trib article)
NMAGZ: There’s much we must and can do.
1. ATTEND THE CB #1 MEETING on Tuesday evening, May 25 at 6:00 PM. Even though the Board wields no real power, their unanimous gesture is egregious and should be challenged!
Write letters. Make phone-calls.
Contact Mayor Bloomberg!
AND what of Mayor Bloomberg ? (Who has remained shamefully silent on the building of a mosque so close to Ground Zero.)
There’s always June 6th, 2010. Building bridges just might include a recommendation on that symbolic day that Cordoba House show some sensitivity towards the 9-11 families and build elsewhere. ( The added insult, construction begins on Sept. 11, 2011)
It’s time Mayor Bloomberg to break the silence!
Stop this outrage.
Join us at the SIOA Rally at Ground Zero on June 6, 2010.
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