Imam Feisal Rauf By: Imam Rauf also talks about his hopes for the Muslim Brotherhood, the revolts in the Middle East and what he thinks of the arguments made by his critics. With the world's attention currently fixed on the upheaval in the Middle East, it is easy to forget that only last summer, the most significant debate over Islamic politics and practice was in fact raging within the United States. In question was the fate of a vacant building in Lower Manhattan.
It will strive to promote inter-community peace, tolerance and understanding locally in New York City, nationally in America, and globally,"  and have stated that it is modeled on the noted Manhattan Jewish Community Centerthe 92nd Street Y.
The project was originally called Cordoba House, then renamed Park51, in reference to the street address on Park Place. The opposition to Park51 believes that Islam builds mosques on "conquered territory" as symbols of "territory" and "conquest".
Badgerwas originally constructed for a shipping firm of a prominent New York shipping magnate. The pending applications included 45—47 Park Place.
At least two mosques existed near the World Trade Center,    and several designated Muslim prayer rooms existed within the World Trade Center buildings. During the September 11 attacks, the then-five-story building at 45—47 Park Place, between West Broadway and Church Streetwas severely damaged.
The plane parts destroyed three floor beams, and severely compromised the building's internal structure.
It was later discovered during an interior assessment. Initially officials thought it was part of the landing gear but Boeing confirmed it was the trailing edge flap actuation support structure of an airplane flap from a Boeingthe type of jet which hit both towers.
A photograph of the piece initially showed a rope around it. Police said the rope was used by an officer who lassoed it to see the identification number. Boeing could not say which specific plane it was from.
It lay abandoned until its purchase in July The plan was to build the facility on the site of the two buildings, as the lease for 49—51 Park Place was expire in The two buildings were connected internally, with common walls having been taken down.
El-Gamal informed Con Ed in February that he wanted to exercise his purchase option on the lease. We insist on calling it a prayer space and not a mosque, because you can use a prayer space for activities apart from prayer.
You can't stop anyone who is a Muslim despite his religious ideology from entering the mosque and staying there. With a prayer space, we can control who gets to use it. A center will show that Muslims will be part of rebuilding Lower Manhattan.
The board's chairwoman, Julie Meninsupported deletion of references to the building as a mosque and interfaith center that were in an earlier draft of the resolution, saying: I believe it's not the purview of a city agency to be weighing in on the siting of any religious institution, be it a mosque, synagogue, or church.
Some of the speakers supporting the project were Muslims who lost family members in the attacks, and were booed by protesters. On August 3,it voted 9—0 against granting landmark status and historic protection to the building.Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, the cultural organization behind the mosque is currently on a federally funded State Department tour of the Middle East, visiting.
The location of the proposed story community center and mosque, at 51 Park Place (known as Park51), is not part of Ground Zero, and isn’t even visible from the former site of the World Trade Center. ‘Ground Zero mosque controversy may turn violent’ Imam says US national security is now at stake.
Warns that changing the Mosque location would fuel violent extremism.
Protests were sparked by a campaign launched by conservative bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, founders of the group Stop Islamization of America, who dubbed the project the "Ground Zero mosque", and a national controversy ensued. When Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahhar threw his support behind the Ground Zero mosque, it became clear that what started as a political controversy is also a national security issue.
New York. Defenders of Feisal Abdul Rauf—the imam who plans to construct a story Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan—often cite his reputation as a “moderate” Muslim cleric as justification for the continuation of the controversial project.