Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is not an Islamic extremist. He has resided in the United States since he was 17 years of age (1965) and followed his own American dream. Mr. Rauf does not propagate terrorism or war. His peaceful methods for the advancement of Islam by his religion are considered extremely liberal. Imam Feisal is one of the few Islamic religious leaders who teach domestically and abroad for global peace as well as in favor of the United States of America.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is, however, the Muslim religious leader behind the building of the proposed Islamic center that is near where the World Trade Center stood until September 11, 2001 (incident remembered as 9/11). Mr. Rauf obviously does not understand why others are negatively opposed to the placement of the Islamic Center. He seems obtuse about the reasons for the why these bereaving Americans would regard it disrespectful toward those who lost their lives by terrorism caused from the machinations of an Islamic extremist terrorist faction. If he did truly understand this bias 9/11 caused toward Islam terrorism and the stand of those bereaving Americans, I personally believe, Mr. Rauf compassionately would place the controversial Islamic Center elsewhere, not because he was asked, but in order to precipitate peace and goodwill in New York City.
To afford building the Islamic center in New York City close to the 9/11 site, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has published positive books about being a Muslim in America and how the United States of America government bestows more freedom than any other nation. This is not the only thing he has done to raise money. Mr. Rauf is on friendly terms with the Hamas, a Muslim resistance faction who claims they are opposed to terrorism yet is determined to replace Israel with an Islamic Palestinian nation. The Hamas have promised to help pay for the controversial Islamic center. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, for pay and at the taxpayers’ expense, also has for the past three years annually at the behest of the United States State Department traveled abroad on speaking tours to positively explain how Islam is viewed throughout the United States.
The US State Department views Mr. Rauf as a peace ambassador. This national department has taken the stand that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is worth what he charges the US State Department for his speaking tours in the Middle East. The United States State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well known, and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences on what it’s like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States.” (per the Christian Science Monitor, September 6, 2010)
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“Who is ‘Imam Feisal’?” article by Ron Scherer / Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor, volume 102, issue 41, p. 16 – 17, published September 6, 2010.
Feisal Abdul Rauf, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feisal_Abdul_Rauf
Hamas, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas