September 8th, 2010
08:34 PM ET

Opinion: How the Florida pastor and the New York imam can live their faiths

Editor's note: Akbar Ahmed is professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington and the former high commissioner from Pakistan to the United Kingdom. He is author of "Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam" (Brookings Press). He appears tonight at 9 ET on "Larry King Live."

By Akbar Ahmed, Special to CNN

Both Pastor Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf broke their strange silence, and we got a glimpse into the state of their minds Tuesday - Jones on CNN's "AC360°" with Anderson Cooper and Feisal in a New York Times op-ed piece.

In both venues, I was struck by how the two men appeared to be disconnected from the storms they have created, unaware of the sociological laws of cause and effect.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • Opinion

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Zaman

    Is Building Islamic community centre near Ground Zero is Islamphobia or race Hate crime?
    Is burning Quran a hate crime or a free speech issue? Is burning a Bible because you hate Christianity, a hate crime? How about burning a Torah? Is that an anti-Semitic act?
    It was not in the name of Islam 9/11 Happened, The terrorist happened to be Muslim, It was not in the name of Christianity the death camps and the Gas Chambers in Poland were constructed, they were Christian extremists and terrorists, were SIX Million innocent Jews were murdered, Are we not going to allow any Churches to be build near the death camps?, if there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him, Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.
    The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity
    Zaman from London

    September 11, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  2. Reality

    With or without the Florida burning, I am combusting my copy of the koran but also adding the ot/torah, nt and book of mormon to the pyre. Everyone should do the same. We will call it the Day the Angelic Myths and Greatest of Con Jobs Died. Alleluia!!!!!!!, and all the mosques, churches, temples and synagogues will be converted to parking lots.

    September 10, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  3. Iqbal khan

    aso check ou youtube on
    Alan Sabrosky and Dov Zakheim about 9-11

    September 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan


    September 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  5. Deborah

    Now, more than ever, at a time of "irrational" Islamaphobia, when more moderate, educated and culturally sensitive voices of Islam are so needed, I extend my heartfelt gratitute to the thoughtful and courageous statements of Akbar Amed. Bless you!

    September 9, 2010 at 8:41 am |
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