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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. frogman

    Just how stupid do you think we are?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Is that a trick question? Or do you REALLY want to know how stupid I think you are?

      September 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • Duk Sausage

      well hell Americans show it all the time.... sad thing is we are actually pretty smart country...

      September 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
    • Eric

      Ooo! Ooo! Can I answer that one?

      September 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Allah

    yeah dog.... woof woof

    September 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  3. George

    CNN, which began as a boon to all people, has become the lackey of a specific few, and their reporting is abysmally poor.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  4. Xugos

    Do you think this does more harm than good in restoring the image of American Muslims in the eyes of other Americans?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  5. Matt K

    Some American extremists plan on burning the Koran on September, 11, 2010 in response to the Islamic Cultural center. As an American, I'm disgusted at those who will participate in burning the Koran because some of these people are of all races and not too long ago the KKK would burn crosses on African-American lawns to show their hatred. It's no different than what some of these extremists plan on doing on 9-11-10.

    Do you feel that when this project is complete that there will be a similar incident at the center?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  6. KW from NYC

    Also, I would like to know what my chances would be if I were proposing the building of a Christian, Buddhist, or (yikes) Jewist cultural center in Riyaddh. Yes, in our country, you have the legal right. Is the selection of this site a deliberate attempt to divide Americans and get us to shout hateful things to each other? If so, you've succeeded admirably.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
    • Mobius007

      If it gets built, it's a wonderful propaganda tool. If the local, state, or federal government prevents it from being built, it's a wonderful propaganda tool.

      Check mate.

      September 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
    • susan

      "Is the selection of this site a deliberate attempt to divide Americans and get us to shout hateful things to each other? If so, you've succeeded admirably." It is the responsibility and culpability of Americans who shout hateful things to each other. Not the Imam. Please. . . .

      September 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  7. Keith

    Will openly h0m0se-xu al people be allowed in the Park 51 mosque?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  8. Keith

    Will openly hom- o sex-ual people be allowed in the Park 51 mosque?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  9. Shariq

    I am just responding to Umar. Saudi Arabia is run by the Saud family. Are you saying that they are Wahabis? And I would like to know why it is okay for the US government to be the biggest purchaser of Saudi oil, for every US President to walk holding the Saudi King's hands, and for the Saudis to own businesses in the US, like a pretty decent ownership of Citi, but they can't give money to build Mosques? Fox had brought up some pretty scary details about how a certain Saudi Prince was looking to make a significant contribution for the Islamic Center, and very little was known about his financial holdings. They knew so little about this Prince, that they didn't realize that the same Prince Walid they talked about is the second biggest owner of News Corp, after Murdoch. The same News Corp that owns Fox News. This whole debate is laughable.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • Lena

      Man, your posts have been spot on about everything

      September 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Rob

    Why can't this be a multi-cultural, multi-religious center of peace and worship? Why not consult with the architects of the Freedom Tower and alllow this multi-cultural, multi-religious center of peace and worship compliment the Freedom Tower in shape and form, and represent the harmony of the freedom to worship that we strive to achieve in the Uniited States?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • Duk Sausage

      Very noble idea....we need to uplift ALL people... learn from ALL people, so we ALL can grow...

      peace

      September 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
    • Louis

      That's a good idea. Your local church should start asking Muslims and Jews to come and share their faith with you as well so you can all worship together!

      September 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
    • Amy D

      Rob, great question- the only one I have read from this particular angle and I read a lot about this . Send in your video

      September 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  11. Civilian

    Why does he support Sharia Law for the US?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  12. George

    Is it true that a secret conspiracy between oil billionaires and Islamic leaders is working to overthrow the United States of America and convert the constitutional democracy over to Sharia law because they see the average working American as a threat to their power?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  13. Keith

    Does islam tolerate h-o-mose xuality in its membership?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Only in Egypt and Saudi (old Arab joke)...

      September 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Duk Sausage

      Do some research....find out for yourself

      September 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • Dana

      Traditionally no (just as in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.), but many American Muslims are accepting of LGBT people.

      September 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  14. Deepak

    By proposing this center to send the message that Islam is the religion of peace, are you saying that all other Islamic centers have failed to do so?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • George

      Please ask him to show us the areas of the world where Islam has led to peace.

      September 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      George, Indonesia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai and Morocco for starters.

      September 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  15. John Q.

    Why do you people insist on ruining our country with your hate mongering "religion?"

    September 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
    • Jane D

      He could ask you the same question..

      September 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
    • Duk Sausage

      Um Christian preach hate as well, they are called extremists....Hmmmm thus the term extreme....people i believe we are too smart to believe everything we hear. Do some research. then do some more....

      peace

      September 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  16. Mark

    I am truly baffled by these so called patriots, conservatives, christian idiots that oppose the mosque. "Except" is in none of the bill of rights or the constitution. Either we have integrity and respect all religions or we become less of a nation. I am truly embarrassed by the furor over this mosque and am disgusted by the ignorance and self centeredness of these people who are exhibiting unamerican behavior.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  17. Jonathan S.

    It is our understanding you have told the Arab media it was your intention to build the mosque near Ground Zero to spark interest in Islam but have told American media this is not the case. It seems you tell Arab news networks one thing and American networks another. Is this true? Is this false?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  18. KW from NYC

    Planning any sort of Islamic center so near to 9/11's Ground Zero is insensitive at best. Did you really not know how much controversy this would create? Or did you know, but not care? There are so many other places where you could build your center. Insisting on this site is as stupid as it is cruel.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  19. Vinu

    Why ground zero? why not another place? Why to preach peace and practice violence?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
    • Louis

      It's not ground zero, it's Manhattan. The proposed center would be blocks away from ground zero.

      September 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
    • A Different John

      There's 800,000 Muslims in NYC and 200 mosques. Do the math, that's 4,000 per existing mosque. "Ground Zero" is right in the middle of Lower Manhattan, any mosque there would be "too close". How far should Muslims who live and work in Manhattan have to travel to worship? Many of those Muslims lost friends and family on 9/11.

      September 8, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  20. George

    Why do you think many millions of Americans hate Muslims?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • # 1 American Ignorant

      Because of me!!!

      September 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
    • Mobius007

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ocBSP_D940&fs=1&hl=en_US]

      September 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
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