September 7th, 2010
09:41 PM ET

What would you ask the imam behind the Islamic center near ground zero?

CNN has secured an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf , the man behind the proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero. We want you to help generate the questions we ask.

The live interview happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on a special edition of "Larry King Live."

Before his editorial in the New York Times was published online Tuesday night, Rauf had said virtually nothing to the news media since the controversy over his project erupted this summer - even after President Obama himself weighed in. The imam has been out of the country for the last month or so.

Now that he's finally talking, what would you ask him?

Let us know by uploading a video question via CNN iReport. At least one of the questions we receive will make it into the interview. [Note: We are only looking for VIDEO questions; feel free to comment below as always, but any questions entered in the comments section will NOT be used on air.]

Here are a couple of questions that I hope get asked:

Leaders of the proposed Islamic center in Lower Manhattan say the project is intended to improve relations between Muslims and the rest of the country. So far though, it has had the opposite effect. Has the project already failed in that regard?

You've been touring the Middle East on behalf of the State Department these last few weeks... What did you tell those Muslims abroad who say that opposition to your proposed Islamic Center is proof that the United States is at war with Islam?

OK, your turn.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • iReport • Islam • Leaders • Mosque • Muslim

soundoff (602 Responses)
  1. Gerry

    You don't need a building to help build relationships or to break down sterotypes...you simply need positive actions that are significant enough to overcome the negative messages & actions coming from extremists. The plans to build an Islamic Center in downtown NY is inappropriate given the sensitivities around 9/11 and should be abandoned. I support their right to build the center; however, based on the rationale given...the plan is just plain dumb.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:48 am |
    • Born in the USA

      Did you know there already is a mosque present near Ground Zero?

      September 8, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  2. Tom

    Why do the people in your religion, cause as much hatred and evil in the world, as the people in christianity? Shouldn't at least one of the two biggest religions in the world take the high road?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  3. MS

    Ask Imam:
    In the scale of 0 to 10 how much Islam is responsible for 9/11?Why?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  4. MS

    Ask Imam:
    Why you choose to live in US among infidels rather than living in Saudi Arabia next to holy land with thousands of Mosques ?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:37 am |
    • Born in the USA

      Why don't Catholics live in Rome near the Vatican instead of the United States? Are you listening to what you are saying? Your forefathers came from another country as well. This land belonged to the Native Americans that was taken over by the people from Europe. Why don't you go back?

      September 8, 2010 at 7:46 am |
    • MS

      Slow down. I am a muslim. But I think that is a interesting question. I am not implying muslims must live in Saudi 🙂

      September 8, 2010 at 7:49 am |
    • MS

      I think this question brings the opportunity to explain why even a muslim can think USA is the best country to live in.

      September 8, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  5. DB

    I detest the Internet. It gives voice to people that have no understanding of anything, except their own bigotry and hate. And many of you people here are evidence of that. Moslems died in 9/11. Many innocent civilians died in Iraq. And those of you who say, "Good for killing Moslems in Iraq," have no understanding of the World in general, and people in particular. MANY of those moderate Moslems are hostages, themselves. The crazies in the Moslem World are the ones with guns; the moderates are not. WIth your hate, things like denying the Mosque does nothing but reinforce the crap that the moderates are fed by the crazies, and provides for the potential of further recuitment to the "terrorist's" side.

    One writer to this blog said the Imam looked evil... You have to be kidding me! Writing that makes you look stupid; one less IQ point and you would be a carrot. Another said, Islam is the biggest threat to America... Think about the other side, while you sit there on your fat (probably white) ass: Moslems feel that America is the biggest threat to them. And the people that died in 9/11 are very few, compared to the INNOCENT Moslems who have died in Gaza, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan...and on and on. THIS is what the moderate Moslems are taught, and it is the reason they are recruited to fight against us, and hate us. And you people are doing your damndest to make that garbage more vivid.

    Yes, the crazies would permit the Mosque as a victory. They will take ANYTHING and make propoganda from it. (Just as the US does.) But where is the better good? If you remove the recruitment of one person to the "terrorist's" side, I think it is a victory for America. The NY Imam is right: The time for coming together is now! Even a large number of 9/11 victims' families feel the same way.

    People need to think with their heads, rather than their fists. The USA is SUPPOSED to stand for something. Think about that.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:35 am |
    • marcia

      And you are thinking with your head???
      You stand for nothing,you misguied little idiot!

      September 8, 2010 at 7:37 am |
    • marcia

      You are the idiot,Nincompoop!
      Go crawl into your cave!

      September 8, 2010 at 7:38 am |
    • DB

      Well said, Marcia. You have proven my theory. Have you been to Moslem countries? Have you been the only person in a marketplace of literally, thousands of them, in their own countries? Have you spoken to them, in depth? What have you read about their situaitons, their plights? (Can you read...you must, if you read my post...but then, maybe someone read it to you...) Do you know anything, other than posts in the Internet? Have you spoken to, or even read about families of 9/11 victims who have supported the building of the Mosque? Which is not to discount the feelings of those families who do not support the Mosque; but there are two sides, even from this group, and which should be heard and understood. Do you understand anything?

      September 8, 2010 at 7:52 am |
    • Born in the USA

      No DB, she does not understand anything, otherwise she wouldn't have written those idiotic remarks and sounded so unintelligent.

      September 8, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  6. muchogroucho


    watch this so you know what to ask him. he's a wolf in sheeps clothing

    September 8, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  7. marcia

    The imam is a devil. You can see it in his eyes and hear it from his lips. He is NOT a religious man nor does he believe in a God.
    He is evil!

    September 8, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  8. MS

    Ask Imam:
    Which one is a more serious sin:
    1.Drawing or Publishing Mohammad cartoons ? or
    2. Killing innocent civilians because they are jew or supporting jews or supporting US government etc.?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  9. MS

    Ask the Imam:
    What is your stand on Hamas killing civilians?
    What is Jihad? What is your stand on infidels ?
    Do you consider yourself an American who is muslim or
    a Muslim who lives in America?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  10. Hassan

    I am a Muslim, and I am from Saudi Arabia. Also I live in the U.S. since 3 years ago.

    I love all my brothers and sisters from any religion. this include but not limited to: Muslims, Jaws, Hindu, Christian.

    I love Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. as well as other countries

    I love peace and I want to see every body happy

    God bless you all

    September 8, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  11. jessy

    First of all Jihad is an arabic word means a holy war. Don't wage hateful statements against all muslims...the actions of few doesn't justify the reason to hate an entire religion. If only people picked up the quran and read it then we would have not had this problem. If there's any region that fought muslims for years and years it would be europe. Look at how europe is today...tolerant, accepting. The United States was always known to set a bigger better example to the rest of the world, its sad to say that about the U.S today.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:55 am |
    • Anne

      Yeah, what I meant was that you have two different sides of SX to ierctant with, the floppy side and the serial flow side, both with very strict timing requirements and almost no way of synchronizing one with the other.That applies only to the situation when you have no additional RAM storage, and everything is done in realtime obtaining bits from floppy, forming byte and sending it to PC immediately.If you first buffer some lengthy chunk of bit flow into your serial SRAM, then you can safely leave transfer stuff for later.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  12. MS

    Many priests were involved in child molestation. Is Christianity responsible for it?
    Why do you think Islam is responsible for 9/11? Because those who did it claimed to be muslim?
    Isn't this logic flawed?

    September 8, 2010 at 6:43 am |
    • marcia


      September 8, 2010 at 7:35 am |
    • MS

      What do you mean with "?"

      September 8, 2010 at 7:45 am |
    • Lindah

      I think I discovered last night what you were saynig about two time critical tasks being a pain in the butt.Did you mean complex from a time-management perspective? I mean, the actual code to transmit to the uart is easy. Send a start bit, right shift the bits, send a stop bit.I have to do some bandwidth calculations today to figure out some stuff, but having an interrupt fire every 1us for ISR to transmit to the UART is TOUGH. This doesn't leave much time for MAIN even though the ISR exits immediately if there is nothing to send.I'm glad my serial memory is plenty fast, as that's the next step. The serial memory runs upwards of 15mhz, and I was planning on running it around 8mhz or so. This means I'm writing 8 bits in 1us. I can do this without an ISR by bit-banging(my phrase for the week). This is 60ns high, 60 ns low for the clock. I still have to put more thought into this .

      October 8, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  13. MS

    All that said I think Naor is making a good point:
    Muslims are doing a poor job in distancing themselves from Al-qaiadah and Hammas and all radicals.
    Also it is obvious that Islam is more prone to be interpreted incorrectly and justifying killing etc.
    So it is up to muslims to be more proactive in making their difference clear with radical interpretation and their stand
    on Jihad, infidels etc.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  14. Jerry - Florida

    Hey Mr. Iman, building the center IS NOT the right thing to do!!! For God's sake have some decency. You Moslems can't always have everything your way. If you want to continue living in America, LEARN to respect its people and our laws.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:35 am |
    • Born in the USA

      Hey Jerry.......What do you mean its not the right thing to do? It's not like the center is being built on Ground Zero, but a few blocks away. From what I have read, they are thinking of building a shopping center on Ground Zero. 🙂 Interesting!! What do you mean, when you say "if you want to continue living in America?" As far as respecting the people and its laws- what does that have to do with building a mosque near Ground Zero. Some of us Americans think its in their right to build a mosque. As far as laws are concerned- why is that we have so many prisons with SOOOO MANY prisoners. Many Americans themselves break laws (murder, molestation, robbery). And since you talk about respect, what do you think of the Pastor Terry Jones who is going to burn the Quran on 9/11 that might endanger our troops stationed in other countries or are you part of his church?

      September 8, 2010 at 8:13 am |
    • DB

      Actually Jerry, it IS the American way. I believe it is unlawful for the Government to restrict the construction of ANY religous house of worship. And there are families of some of the 9/11 victims who support the building of the Mosque.

      September 8, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  15. MS

    You are absolutely right. Killing innocent people is a bigger defamation for Islam than cartoons of Mohammad
    But again your conclusion that all muslims are represented by people that demonstrate on the streets and chant death to this death to that is weak.
    Killing innocent people is condemned by both Islam and christianity and yet innocent people are killed by both muslims and christians.
    One day under US solders in Iraq killing many civilians and calling it mistake or by Hammas killing kids or women in Israel or by Israel Army killing family of Hammas activist.
    Jews don't protest Israel army's killing on innocent people of Gaza
    Americans don't protest killing Civilians by US Army
    Muslims don't protest Hamas or Al-qaiadah killing innocent people.
    All of above wrong. This does not necessarily mean that:
    All american are happy with US Army killing civilians
    All Jews are happy that innocent people are killed by Israel Army
    All muslims are happy with Hamas and Al-qaiadah.
    All americans are proud of what happened to Hiroshima & Nakasaki.

    I think we should be more careful in putting the facts together and generalizing conclusion.
    the demonstration against cartoons are mostly conducted by fanatic groups not moderate groups.
    And based on my knowledge of Islam killing ONE innocent person is much worse than insulting Quran or Mohammad or Allah or any Holy place. Other muslims comment if i am wrong.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  16. Jochebed

    What is your hope of getting to heaven?

    September 8, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  17. Chris Botaber

    I believe this is a great idea. I don't believe any of you guys who are against this have a valid reason. Continue to support this great cause!

    September 8, 2010 at 6:00 am |
  18. Brian P

    I do not believe in any religion but I do believe in our constitution and it seems to me that we should make a note in the end of it saying to exclude muslims. We are now burning their holy book and stopping them from building a mosque away from ground zero makes us no different then the fools they have out there. 9-11 was horrible but in return we have killed thousands upon thousands of innocent people from Afghanistan and Iraq who just happened to be in the mess. Do you guys realize that 15 guys have changed the way many of you look at muslims who have been serving you as doctos, engineers, slurpees, etc.. this is just going the wrong direction. I have a muslim neighbour who has helped me more than my own relatives because it's in his faith and he clearly shows it. He is not a terrorist but a helping hand that is there for me even though I am an atheist.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:26 am |
  19. Edovey

    My question is, is this not another plot to have innocent people killed again? Yes, we are all trying to reach one God, the creator of the universe but we have to call a spade a spade. After 9/11 I believe Americans all have the right to be scared and question this development.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:25 am |
  20. family guy

    hello larry you there ? hello

    September 8, 2010 at 4:24 am |
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