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According to Al-Arabiya Director: The Majority of Muslims Do Not Want or Need a Mosque Near Ground Zero

Considering that Congressmen in swing districts in NY in addition to Harry Reid (NV) feel that changing the location of the proposed mosque at Ground Zero would be a better compromise, I find this article rather interesting:

"I can't imagine that Muslims [actually] want a mosque at this particular location, because it will become an arena for the promoters of hatred, and a monument to those who committed the crime. Moreover, there are no practicing Muslims in the area who need a place to worship, because it is a commercial district. Is there anyone who is [really] eager [to build] this mosque?...

...the idea of a mosque right next to a site of destruction is not at all an intelligent one. The last thing Muslims want today is to build a religious center that provokes others, or a symbolic mosque that people will visit as a [kind of] museum next to a cemetery."



Asked by LoriKeet at 3:17 PM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Lori, great points you raise! Yeah, they have the "right" to build there, but not the need. They would better serve the community and the country by building elsewhere. It is just that simple.

    Answer by 29again at 5:05 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Anna, do you have a link? Cause the building was closed due to damage from 9/11. The fuselage went out the north side and crashed through the roof of 45-47 park place and went through two floors.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:49 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Lori, you FORGOT TO ADD

    The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, “where a piece of the wreckage fell,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”

    “We want to push back against the extremists,” added Imam Feisal, 61.


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:17 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • The largest concentration of Muslims in New York live in Brooklyn. So why build the Mosque near Ground Zero?

    Answer by Honestbest at 3:41 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Don't build a community center, but by all means keep all the bars, sex shops and strip joints...much more respectful of the victims FAMILIES...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:44 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • If Catholics around the world do not deserve to be linked to Nazism simply because Hitler happened to be a born Catholic, then Muslims around the world don’t deserve to be linked to terrorism simply because Osama Bin Laden, the leader of some terrorist organization happened to adhere to the extreme side of Islam

    What Islam as a faith and Muslims as true believers have to do with 9/11? May be this might be the answer to “why there?”…Muslims and any given American Muslim in particular can answer back by saying “why me?”


    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:03 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • What does it matter who wants it or needs it and who doesn't? They own the property, they want to put it up, they have the right. Its getting ridiculous that we keep seeing arguments that say what they're allowed to do should be determined by the opinions of others - their rights are NOT contingent upon the approval of ANYONE!

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:31 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Yet there have been HOW MANY posts about this subject in teh past 2 weeks?! So, how DO you feel about those who ARE in power to "make or break" this plan? I think since Obama acted stupidly in putting in his two-cents, Dems are quickly distancing themselves!! LOL They ARE after all trying to get re-elected!! :o)

    Those in power to "make or break" this plan are the people that own the property. They have to power to choose to build there or abandon their plans. The law is clearly on their side if they decide to build. To my knowledge, Obama did not say he supported the building of the community center. He said he supported upholding the freedom of religion guanteed by our Constitution. He did not interject his personal opinion about whether or not it would be a good idea. And rightly so, it's not his decision to make.

    Answer by DEpley at 4:46 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Thanks for the link. Its interesting that they would risk their safety to sit in an abandoned building that your link quotes "evidence of it's sudden evac. Food bags in a 5th floor fridge" ick... Also it shows they have had complaints filed against them for Illegal construction and and blocking exits. That's interesting.

    Either way I still don't trust Imam Rauf and now Hamas is verbally endorsing it and Rauf is not commenting. If another Imam would like to build one and Rauf wasn't going to be involved I wouldn't care. I can't trust someone who talks in circles and says things like this "I do not believe in religious dialog." Or "current governments are unjust and do not follow Islamic laws". Quotes from rightsforall media dep of Cairo Uni. And Hadiyul-Islam

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:07 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • So your turn to link where any human remains were found in that building or a building on that block? Ground zero should rightly be treated as hallowed ground because of what happened, that I know of no one died in this building when the fuselage came through the roof, and you can't see that building from ground zero, nor can you see ground zero from that building. Seriously, it's a non issue.

    Answer by annabellelee at 8:42 PM on Aug. 17, 2010