New imam quits embattled Islamic community center
The site of the prosed islamic center near Ground Zero in a file photo.
February 4th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

New imam quits embattled Islamic community center

By Allan Chernoff, CNN

A Park51 imam announced his resignation Friday, just three weeks after being appointed to his post at the embattled Islamic community center in New York, according to a written statement Friday.

"I wish the project leaders well," said Imam Adhami, saying he needed more time to complete a book meant to assist English readers in understanding the Quran.

His resignation comes on the heels of a controversial post on his website, sakeenah.org, in which he claimed that "an enormously overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life."

Park51 officials later attempted to distance the community center from Adhami's comments, tweeting that "Adhami's personal statements do not reflect the position of p51."

The community center - located two blocks from the ground zero location in Manhattan - describes itself as an inclusive community center open to anyone, with the goal of integrating Muslim-Americans into U.S. society.

"We have been humbled by Imam Adhami's contributions to this project over the past few months," said Park51 President Sharif El-Gamal. "We look forward to him, God willing, leading prayers informally for Park51 in the near future."

His departure is the latest in a string of setbacks after former Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, was given a reduced role in the center.

Rauf remains on the board of the community center.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • New York • United States

soundoff (423 Responses)
  1. American

    Some one should open a TEXAS BBQ right next door . Short Ribs, pulled pork BBQ beans and bacon. Make me hungry just typing.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Charles Dexter Ward

      Same here, bro. Get me a side of mac and cheese and I'm right there with ya.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  2. bob

    Just found out Hitler was brought up a Catholic Christian and believed in Jesus!..wow...

    February 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      Hitler was an atheist. Like all atheists, he was originally brought up in a christian household, and because of the intellectual weakness in christianity, he became an atheist when he grew up and could not make sense of what his parents had taught him. The Godless Nazi party then went on to exterminate 6,000,000 innocent fellow citizens of Germany because of their jewish religion.

      February 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  3. American

    Who wants to be the most hated man in NY? Step forward.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  4. leeintulsa

    I believe very recently muslims were being butchered in Serbia and Albania..? That certainly wasn't centuries ago. Nor was the holocaust, where christians systematically killed Jews, Muslims, Gypsies, everyone, really. What? You're not Hitler? Only one of them is bin Laden, too.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Charles Dexter Ward

      Yes, and who was called in to rescue them? The US military. Nice way to say "Thank you"...we should have let them cleanse...er, kill each other.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  5. j-roll

    unfortunaly all forms of organized religon are a fraud not say i am a atheist we should worrie less about what oneanother bekive and focus more on how to coexist whitout kiliing each other p

    February 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      the difference is the quran mentions Jews and Christians by name, also it is illegal to be gay in a muslim country.

      February 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  6. Outside Looking In

    You should read your posts... You're all a riot... All trying to enforce your opinion LOL!!

    February 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  7. dmg

    any idiot that brings up the crusades saying it was the christians has no clue about history the christians were fighting to take back land stolen by murder and war perpetrated by muslims and islam read a book idiot

    February 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Charles Dexter Ward

      Precisely. Muslims are taking advantage of civilization's relatively short memory and spinning a fantasy that The Crusades were a genocidal war waged against them, when it was only to save Jerusalem from the invading warlords of Mohammad who stole it in the first place. It was started to protect Christian pilgrims who were being killed by Muslims, then became an all out campaign to push the beasts out altogether.

      Sounds like we need another one to protect the Christians who are getting attacked in the Middle East now.

      February 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • takeAPWorldhistoryagain

      oreally? how about this;
      In 638 the Islamic Caliphate extended its dominion to Jerusalem.[76] With the Arab conquest, Jews were allowed back into the city.[77] The Rashidun caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab signed a treaty with Monophysite Christian Patriarch Sophronius, assuring him that Jerusalem's Christian holy places and population would be protected under Muslim rule.[78] When led to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest site for Christians, the caliph Umar refused to pray in the church so that Muslims would not request converting the church to a mosque.
      In 1099, The Fatimid ruler expelled the native Christian population before Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders, who massacred most of its Muslim and Jewish inhabitants when they took the solidly defended city by assault, after a period of siege; later the Crusaders created the Kingdom of Jerusalem. By early June 1099 Jerusalem’s population had declined from 70,000 to less than 30,000.[82]
      go look in any history book and it will tell you the same thing. stop trying to spew your "mohammadens were the bad guys" crap. the christians were bad during the crusades, stirred up by Pope Urban II into going and taking land the ROMAN EMPIRE, not christianity, had lost, and these same "holy crusaders", upon taking Jerusalem, massacred men, women, children, muslims, jews, christians, everyone just because they were different. during the fourth crusade, they even attacked Constantinople, a Christian city!
      Don't think these extremist "muslims" (i deny the fact that they really are muslims since they violate the prohibition on killing innocents) are any different; they don't want to just kill christians, they want to kill anyone in the western world, even us muslims. sound familiar?
      also, by the islamic calender its the 15th century. so technically muslims are at the same period in the religion's lifespan as the christians were then; puberty.

      February 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  8. Muneef

    Maybe it is related to the attempt to make an exp-los-ion in one mosque during Friday prayers by some one with fire cra-ck-ers? That any increase in thr-eats might get those to resign and withdraw from such religious responsibilities?! Unless he really does.have a project in hand that is most important than this and less dangerous ?!
    Any way there would always be a person ready to take a new chall-en-ge with nothing else in mind !!

    February 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  9. jay

    THey are "Humbled" by the Imams contributions, they should be humble enough to see the turmoil their presence is bringing that area.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  10. Michael Daily

    This man has a hard choice to make – will he keep killing himself over the conflict between his feelings & religion, or will he stand for the rights of gays?

    February 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  11. GTB

    The people that post about biblical content have rarely, if ever, read it. What they quote is either wrong, taken out of context, or no longer applies as the Law. It's like commenting at a book club without having read the book.

    And here's a nice Israel fact: at the creation of the state of Israel, every person within its borders was offered full Israeli citizenship and freedom of worship. Hundreds of thousands fled to muslim countries anyway–where they were all refused entry. These were the original "Palestinian refugees," created and kicked around since by their fellow Arabs. Oh, and every country that borders Israel declared war on them immediately following the UN announcement of the Israeli state.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  12. redneck1


    February 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  13. CT Vince

    God willing the final Crusade of Christendom will wipe out this abomination and heresy of our Lord God.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      This guy is a Muslim for sure! God willing eh! haha you gave yourself away son!

      February 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Charles Dexter Ward

      Deus lo volt! Let's finish it already!

      February 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  14. Paul

    I get real tired of the anti-Islam crap. Yeah, we get it, you don't like Muslims and you think they are all going to come murder you. Please grow up.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • YBP

      I just think they're bigots. And they are.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      read the Quran yourself Paul, it encourages Muslims to come kill us! I bet there are millions and millions of Muslims that if given the chance would come and kill us all! even you Paul because I bet you have some non muslim friends so that makes you as bad as a deceitful Jew!

      February 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  15. ?

    Are the members of the W.B.C. muslim?

    February 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  16. PJ

    That Islamic Center will never have peace. It is on sacred ground and should never be built. It is a disgrace to all those who died on 9i/11

    February 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • m

      so the Burlington coat factory is sacred ground? I know they have good deals but I wouldnt call it divinely inspired...

      I mean that's what was standing there before

      February 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      The sad thing is people were smashed and burned in the name of a good cheap outfit kid! Check this quran quote
      And He brought down (the ones) of the population of the Book (Or: Family of the Book, i.e., the Jews and christians) who backed them from their bastions, and hurled horror in their hearts; a group you killed and (another) group you (made) captive.

      February 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      Here is another one obviously condoning bad things to all who try and stop others from getting a good outfit for cheap!
      Some faces, that Day, will be humiliated (in the Hell-fire, i.e. the faces of all disbelievers, Jews and Christians, etc.)

      February 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Ireadiitsscary!

      There are so many horrible quotes in the quran I hope you read it yourself I am getting tired of typing. Sad, if I was in Pakistan TODAY I would be sentenced to death for what I have done on this message board! The Pakistani people would cheer at my hanging!

      February 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Sacred ground? Isn't there a strip club a block away, how sacred can it be?

      February 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  17. Ernie

    Christian, Moslem, Jew or Atheist etc. Our nation was founded on the principle that God created man with common rights, with religious freedom to chose how or if they worship their God. I find it strange that in Moslem countries, they deny that right to others, but when they come here they expect us to bow to their every demand & want to change our laws to reflect Moslem "dark age" law. Somehow Americans had best wake up or we will lose our country.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Veggo

      That is why America and Iran are different. We allow freedom of religion, speech, etc... Deny that and we become them.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • YBP

      Actually this whole notion of yours about a "God" is a bit too Dark Ages for me.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  18. UH60L

    Spoken like truly brainwashed individual. Want to be taken seriously? Don't speak as though "god" is a real being.

    Icould make huge comments about why you need you need to respect Aliens from Mars and how they have been here before and are coming back....but that does not make it true, nor would I expect anyone to be "converted to my way of thinking by something I wrote on news web site.

    It's kind of sad, they way you almost make it sound like there are good athiests and then start talking about what "WE" know we can't do without "god", or the E-vil we would do without "god".

    It's hard to imagine that in the year 2011 so many people still buy into religion of any kind.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • YBP


      February 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Mtherory

      Here are your none God folks: World War I, World War II, Mongols, Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Vietnam, Barbary Wars, Culture Revolution—great travesties of mankind. Neither the less, these wars were not fought over religion. Actually, most of them were fought by Atheists.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Wazzup

    "complete a book meant to assist English readers in understanding the Quran"
    The problem with the English readers is not that they don't understand the quran, but that they actually do and they don't buy the hate crap from islam culture.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  20. Buddha

    Stop listening to religious leaders. Look for the light within. Have compassion for others. Be peaceful and happy.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • YBP

      But I need to annihilate te people that I hate. Religion allows for that. Your way offers no outlet for my violent side.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • George

      Mr. Buddha, are you a religious leader?

      February 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
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