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Imam of controversial N.Y. mosque proposal to begin U.S. speaking tour
December 26th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Imam of controversial N.Y. mosque proposal to begin U.S. speaking tour

The imam behind the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned near the site of the September 11 attacks in New York will begin a nationwide speaking tour next month to promote the project and encourage interfaith dialogue, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has been at the center of a national firestorm over his proposal to build a high-rise community center and mosque two blocks north of ground zero, when the World Trade Center's twin towers stood before the 2001 airliner attacks.

"His speaking tour commences on January 15 in Detroit, and he will continue speaking throughout the year in about 12 different markets," Leyla Turkkan, the imam's spokeswoman, told CNN.

Read the full story here about the speaking tour and security concerns surrounding it.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Belief • Islam

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    http://ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=27676

    President of the International Association of Muslim Scholars Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi opposed the call by Sheik Mubaraki from Saudi Arabia to boy-co-tt the United Nations.
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    January 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  10. Muneef

    We have learnt from birds and animals many things of science? So haven't we asked our selves why night flying insects are attracted to the light? Or maybe should ask our selves why were ancient nations worshiping the Sun the Moon the Stars the Fire?? They knew they should be looking for the light but have become stray time after time and after every messenger from the Right Straight Path which was taught to Adam and down to all Prophets and Messengers of God. 
    We in the Quran were told that God Allah has taught Adam all his names meaning the Knowldge and the Holy Message for Mankind to live with it on earth which only proves that there was a spoken language in which Adam listened from God and from Satan misleading him to eat a fruit of the forbidden tree and when talked to Eve? Teaching all that meant there were some writings done?
    In such case then there might have been scriptures from such length of time that had been changing hands as father to son and from hand to hand?
    There are verses of the Quran where God Allah mentioned teaching to Adam all names and then teaching to the prophets&messengers through people of knowldge and the Holy Spirit..

    Al-Baqara sura02:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if ye are right." (31) They said: "Glory to Thee: of knowledge we have none, save that Thou hast taught us: in truth it is Thou who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom." (32) He said: "O Adam! tell them their names." When he had told them their names, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?" (33).

    Al-Alaq sura 96:
    Proclaim! (or Read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not. (5).

    January 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Muneef

    PLEASED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011
    MAY GOD BRING IT FOR US FULL OF JOY, HAPPINESS, HEALTH, WEALTH AND MUCH MORE SUCCESS...

    Just wonder if there will be space for PEACE IN YEAR 2011???
     

    December 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      I think we all need a laugh !!!!!
      A woman asks man who is traveling with six children,
      "Are all these kids yours?"*
      The man replies, "No, I work in a condom factory and these
      are customer complaints".

      Nominated as the best short joke this year...
      A three-year-old boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath.
      Mom" he asked, "are these my brains?"
      "Not yet," she replied.

      I dialed a number and got the following recording:** **
      "I am not available right now, but
      Thank you for caring enough to call.
      I am making some changes in my life.
      Please leave a message after the
      Beep. If I do not return your call,
      You are one of the changes." for the New Year 2011...

      December 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Reality

      Start the New Year right by saving the 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls out there by simply sending the Five Easy Steps to Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths to all your Muslim friends. Scroll up to get a free copy!!!

      December 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality.
      Thanks for the year 2010 with it's sore and happy moments and we welcome a new year 2011 which no one is aware what it contains for us other than God Allah whom I certify for being no other God than Him and I certify that Muhammed is his messenger and that he was sent as the messenger of mercy and in mercy to the worlds..God had created negativity by Satan and positivity through Messengers as evil and good were created for testing faith of man and confidence "Iman" then there is always in between both whom we call stray..while the evil is the cursed one..
      Now look at it this way Black & White has Gray in between!
      Nagative & Posative
      Evil & Good
      Dark & Light
      We have learnt from birds and animals many things of science? So haven't we asked our selves why night flying insects are attracted to the light? Or maybe should ask our selves why were ancient nations worshiped the Sun the Moon the Stars the fire?? They new they should be looking for light but have become stray time after time after every messenger they become stray from the Right Straight Path that was tought to Adam down to all Prophets and Messengers of God. We were told that God Allah has tought Adam all his names meaning the Knowldge and the Message for Mankind to live with on earth which only proves there was a spoken language and since teaching all that means there was writings then there might have been scriptures from such length of time changing hands father to son and hand to hand their are verses where God Allah mentioned teaching to Adam and to the prophets&messengers through people of knowldge and the holy spirit ..

      December 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Kahf sura 18:
      Moses said: "That was what we were seeking after": so they went back on their footsteps, following (the path they had come). (64) So they found one of Our servants on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own presence. (65) Moses said to him: "May I follow thee, on the footing that thou teach me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?" (66) .
      Verses 60 to 82
      Read The moral of the story named as; The Story of Moses and Al-Khidr, can be found scrolling this link;  

      http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/Prophet/musa.htm

      December 31, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Keep your thoughts positive, 
      because your thoughts become your words. 

      Keep your words positive, 
      because your words become your actions. 

      Keep your actions positive, 
      because your actions become your habits. 

      Keep your habits positive, 
      because your habits become your lifestyle. 

      Keep your lifestyle positive, 
      because your lifestyle becomes your destiny 

      January 1, 2011 at 10:07 am |
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    Saving Muslims (except for Muneef) is quite easy!!!

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

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    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Muneef

      Read about the Battle of Bader where God has supported Muslims with angels in their fight against evildoers;

      http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/SM_tsn/ch4s5.html

      December 31, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  13. Muneef

    The sons of Israel never listened to their Prophet and Messenger of God or to any one else after him kindly read the how stubborn they were and still are;
    Start with Moses PBUH

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/Prophet/musa.htm

    December 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  14. Muneef

    Wouldn't you want to read what has been said about Jesus PBUH in the Holy Quran?

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/Prophet/isa.htm

    December 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  15. Muneef

    As Muslims we are of the faith of Prophet Abraham PBUH and the practice of Muhammed PBUH.

    Read about the faith of all faiths;

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/Prophet/ibrahim.htm

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    December 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  17. Muneef

    An-Nahl sura16:
    When thou dost read the Qur'an, seek Allah's protection from Satan the Rejected one. (98) No authority has he over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. (99) His authority is over those only who take him as patron and who join partners with Allah. (100)

    December 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  18. Muneef

    The Sax&Guitar.
    That was funny thank you but just you are enjoying and we are not being boring to any? But don't you see I am talking about God belief and he comes back with some criminal acts that he connected to pure faith of submission..? To worship and pray does not mean you should take a gun and shoot every body God said he will guide who pleases and stray who pleases and means you should not be using power to enforce upon them your belief but can only be a reminder just as did all prophets and messangers of God remind and warn people..for nothing but the sake of God..

    December 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  19. Reality

    Summarizing-

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:13 am |
    • Muneef

      Al-Baqara sura 02:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled; He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the nations." He pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But my promise is not within the reach of evil-doers." (124) Remember We made the House a place of assembly for men and a place of safety; and take ye the station of Abraham as a place of prayer; and We covenanted with Abraham and Isma`il that they should sanctify My House for those who compass it round or use it as a retreat or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in prayer). (125) And remember Abraham said: "My Lord make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits―such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day." He said: "(Yea) and such as reject faith―for a while will I grant them their pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of fire―an evil destination (indeed)!" (126) And remember Abraham and Isma`il raised the foundations of the House (with this prayer): "Our Lord! accept (this service) from us; for thou art the All-Hearing the All-Knowing. (127) "Our Lord! Make of us Muslims bowing to Thy (Will) and of our progeny a people Muslim bowing to Thy (Will) and show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning Most-Merciful. (128) "Our Lord! send amongst them a Messenger of their own who shall re-he-ar-se Thy Signs to them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, and purify them; for Thou art the Exalted in Might the Wise." (129) And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: and he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous. (130) Behold! His Lord said to him: "Submit (thy will to Me)" He said: "I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the universe." (131) And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons and so did Jacob; "O my sons! Allah hath chosen the faith for you; then die not except in the state of submission (to Allah)." (132) Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship thy God and the God of thy fathers―of Abraham Isma`il and Isaac,―the one (true) God to Him we bow (in Islam)." (133) That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did and ye of what ye do! of their merits there is no question in your case! (134) They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (to salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham is True, and he joined not gods with Allah." (135) Say ye: "We believe, in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah (in Islam)." (136) So if they believe as ye believe they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing the All- Knowing. (137)

      December 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      An-Nahl sura 16:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      One day We shall raise from all peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves: and We shall bring thee as a witness against these (thy people): and We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a Guide a Mercy and Glad Tidings to Muslims. (89) Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberty to kith and kin, and He for-bids all sha-meful deeds, and injus-tice and rebel-lion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition. (90) Fulfil the covenant of Allah when ye have entered into it, and break not your oaths after ye have confirmed them; indeed ye have made Allah your surety; for Allah knoweth all that ye do. (91) And be not like a woman who breaks into untwisted strands the yarn she has spun, after it has become strong. Nor take your oaths to practise de-cep-tion between yourselves, lest one party should be more numerous than another: for Allah will test you by this; and on the Day of Judgment He will certainly make clear to you (the truth of) that wherein ye disagree. (92) If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: but He leaves straying whom He pleases and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall certainly be called to account for all your actions. (93).

      December 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
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