Feisal Abdul Rauf

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Ground Zero Mosque Imam Embezzled Millions: Lawsuit

Feisal Abdul Rauf allegedly used charity cash for swanky lifestyle

(Newser) - The former imam for the much-maligned mosque near Ground Zero embezzled millions of dollars from his charity, a $25 million lawsuit alleges. Feisal Abdul Rauf, ousted two years ago from the mosque, used the money to fund a luxury lifestyle, including gifts and support for a woman outside his marriage,... More »

'Ground Zero' Imam to Tour US to Promote Islamic Center

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he doesn't mind controversy

(Newser) - Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf—of the infamous Cordoba House, or “Ground Zero mosque”—has planned a national speaking tour to promote the planned community center and mosque and foster inter-faith dialogue. Wait, you’re thinking, won’t that just reignite the controversy around the project? “Controversy has... More »

Ground Zero Imam, Wife Getting Death Threats: Police

Cops confirm Daisy Khan's statement yesterday

(Newser) - Hours after Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's wife told ABC's This Week she and her husband had received death threats, police confirmed that the couple behind the Park51 Islamic center (or " ground zero mosque ") have indeed been threatened. It "began several weeks ago," a police spokesperson... More »

Judge: Ground Zero Imam Is a Slum Lord

He's ordered to fix dangerous violations in Jersey apartment building

(Newser) - The imam behind the Ground Zero Muslim prayer center has been ordered by a judge to fix decrepit conditions in a New Jersey tenement he owns, which has no hot water, faulty hallway lights, no working fire alarms, and bedbug and cockroach infestations. Union City officials charged Imam Feisal Abdul... More »

Mosque Supporters Rally at Ground Zero

Quiet rally on eve of September 11

(Newser) - Candlelight, songs, and prayers drifted near Ground Zero last night, reports the Washington Post, as hundreds rallied not to remember those lost nine years ago today, but in support of the proposed mosque two blocks away. Organizers said they staged the event on September 10 so as not to detract... More »

Pastor Says Koran Burning 'Suspended,' Not Canceled

Over much confusion on NYC mosque deal

(Newser) - The Florida pastor who canceled his burning of Korans now says he may be burning them after all. The 9/11 event isn't canceled, merely "suspended" for the time being. Terrry Jones announced his reversal of his reversal while angrily accusing a Florida imam of lying to him about reaching... More »

Moving Mosque Could Lead to Retaliation, Warns Imam

He says switching sites now would be a bad idea

(Newser) - The imam behind the mosque at Ground Zero says he would have changed sites earlier if he had known how controversial the location would become, but moving it now would be a bad idea. Were it to be moved, "the headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam... More »

Ground Zero Imam: Why the Mosque Is Important

Rauf says Cordoba House will have Christian, Jewish prayer spaces

(Newser) - The proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero will include prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews, and a multifaith memorial dedicated to the victims of 9/11, the imam behind the project says. "I am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11," Feisal Abdul Rauf... More »

Election Season to Blame for Mosque Uproar: Imam

Feisal Abdul Rauf wants peace

(Newser) - Why all this controversy over the so-called Ground Zero mosque? The imam behind it thinks he knows. "There is no doubt that the election season has had a major impact upon the nature of the discourse," he tells an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper. Numerous conservative candidates are indeed opposing... More »

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