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. cassie

    I am really curious what is going on behind the scenes with this mosque project. Why has the leadership really changed and who is the next to be appointed? And what will his underlying philosophy be? Is the project still financially good to go? Why not appointment a female Iman? No? That doesn't happen in Islam, does it?

    February 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • takeAPWorldhistoryagain

      have there ever been female popes? how about a female priest? what about a female in the first 13 centuries of European Christianity who was considered equal to a man? oh wait....

      February 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      In Islam if a woman says something you don't like you are to beat her.
      Quran 4:34
      Check it!

      February 6, 2011 at 2:56 am |
  2. Dino

    Why don't they build a volkswagen manufacturing plant next to the auschwitz memorial site. Its not a victory mosque its a muslim YMCA with an indoor pool and jacuzzi where moslems can have a good time.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  3. Dino

    Why don't they build a volkswagen manufacturing plant next to the auschwitz memorial site? Its not a victory mosque its a muslim YMCA with an indoor pool and jacuzzi where moslems can have a good time.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      assuming of course your government did not intentionally let those muslims go ahead with their plan on 9.11while having them under surveillance since the day they landed in us of a.

      February 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  4. wally

    Is he disenchanted... lmfao

    February 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  5. wally

    He will join al Queda

    February 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  6. Alan

    YAAAYYYY! Now please take some of those others with you...say 2 million...go back to your backwards countries where you can beat women and children, abuse young girls and blow each other up....you are scourge upon the earth

    February 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  7. Forreal89

    Great maybe this arrogant jerk will leave the country

    February 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  8. Genius

    Conservatives and Muslim Fundamentalists, like two peas in a pod.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  9. grim reaper

    The karma of islam will one day be administered by god to all who followed the pedophile prophet of lies, and murder. all who subscribed to this evil will burn in hell! the only hope any muslim has is to humble themselves before god, and repent of their sin. they must acknowledge that salvation is only possible through our savior jesus christ whose blood was shed for all. failure to submit yourself to christ will leave one subject to the judgment, and the wrath of god.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  10. me

    So thid meant that the factory of killers in the name of alah is going to be close for good? I certaintly hope so

    February 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  11. J MIZAK

    Violence & religion lets keep it real remember in christianity an eye for an eye ? How many men women & children were murdered during the crusaders war on non believers & Jews. Catholics Priest & believers torture of persons suspected of being possesed or devil worshipers . Jews in Israel murderous revenge of Palestines over a so called strip of land of a few miles . The list continues give it a rest where's the LOVE in religion????

    February 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  12. Ali

    Catholic priests are Christian. They commit disgusting acts towards children. The Ku Klux Klan are Christian. They want to kill all nonwhite, non-christians. 95% of all criminals in the United States are Christian. That includes Murderers, Thieves, and Rapists. All of these lunatics are Christian. It is very incorrect to say the Crusades are a thing of the past for Christianity. It was, and still is a beastly, violent, and hypocratic religion. Christians are narrow minded, racist hypocrites. They cause most of the problems in the world, but are quick to point the finger at something else when they get in trouble. Remember, never point a finger, because there's three always pointing back at you. Research a little bit before you make assumptions. Don't rely on FOX News to tell you what's right and what's wrong. Think for yourselves you brainwashed fools.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • takeAPWorldhistoryagain

      very well said. too bad in this country with a Christian majority saying something like this is considered blasphemy, while stamping on Islam and black people is considered just okay.

      February 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  13. Ernie

    Only in the good old USA can people speak their minds, even if most of them are deranged atheists! God Bless America! If we get over taken by Islam, they are going to have some tired arms before they get all of our heads detached. lol

    February 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      Perhaps God IS INDEED blessing America by allowing Islam "to take over", wink, wink.

      February 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  14. modusop

    religion. an idea that man has come up with to impose his will an fears on his fellow man.Religion. what can any of them prove?Nothing.Religion. an idea has caused more innocent deaths than any natural disaster or plague man made or not. an all plagues can be found to be made by man.Wake up world. So many resources So many brilliant human beings . Ive given you all the solution .Its not that hard

    February 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  15. John

    Our liberal societies have allowed these islamists to leave their countries to get away from some of their crap and come to civilized countries, and now they want to impose their crap on us. They should all pack up and go the hell back to where they came from and enjoy their crap on their crappy lands. The rest of the world was a lot better when their kind was on their land. Now they are spredding like weed. RAID anyone?

    February 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      you have hit the nail on the head, and you don't even realize what you are saying. The islamists are spreading like weed because they are very good at rearing children. their women stay home and become moms and the men support the family by working. you are dying like dried uri ne because you do not have the teamwork ability to raise children.

      islamists have a system that works, allows them to spread. you have a system that only kills you, short term pleasure and indivdual gratification, no teamwork. the children of the islamists will take over your barren lands once you die and leave no one behind to replace you.

      February 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Peter E

    'They began it! They attacked us on September 11th.' Really? Do you know so little about history and American imperialism in the Middle East? Do I need to point you to Reagan's funding of the mujahadin in Afghanistan, whome we called 'freedom fighters' then, what we call 'terrorists' now? Do I need to point you to Iran-Contra and our sales of weapons to Iran by Reagan? Do I need to tell you about our continuous funding for the repressive regime of the Shah from Eisenhower to Carter? Do you want to read perhaps about the Suez Crisis when we tried to maintain our imperialistic hold over the native land of Egypt?
    Yes, I'm sure that THEY began it just a few years ago... if you ignore the past centuries of imperialistic meddling, repression, and murder we imposed on them!

    February 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • takeAPWorldhistoryagain

      well said

      February 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      They began it on 9-11

      They messed with the bull on 9-11

      So by helping Afghanistan defend itself against the Russians, or helping the Saudis do what they felt Osama couldn't its are fault?

      February 6, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  17. Alfredo

    Glad he's writing a book to clarify the Koran. Will it be in the Fiction section?

    February 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  18. chuckmartel

    This guy seems to be gay, not that there is anything wrong with that. Too bad he is leaving. I would rather have a gay center there than a mosque. Gay people have not killied thousands of Americans/others in the last 10 yrs alone. They also don't blow people up every day either. Cartoonist can also poke fun at gays and the gay people won't kill or try to kill them for it.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      The more gays there are, the more the Muslims will take over the planet in the future by reproduction. So if you do not like Muslims, then you should really hate gays! Cause by not reproducing, they will only help Muslims "take over this planet".

      February 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      Jumping gerbals osama, just a gay center, not a population center. By the way, if you think the prez is an islami, then you are true retard. The prez has knocked of more jihadi terrorists than the repubs/bushies could dream of. .

      February 5, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      Thanks for reminding us what Muslims true intentions are, we will stop you, or we will render the world extinct with our nukes.

      We will stop you, wait till our back is against the cage, humanity will stop your hatred filled religion.

      I can't believe how little of the brain Muslims use.

      February 6, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  19. Cantstandislam

    Hallelujah!!! Muslims stopped from taking advantage of Americans. We knew you simply wanted to rub salt into the wounds. This is America and you need to change – America doesn't need to change for you. SHOW SOME RESPECT MUSLIMS!!!! The world is putting up with enough BS with your crap to have you try to continue to take advantage. Be happy your here and shut up and we'll all get along.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      Poor guy he seem to dream of Muslims or see them coming upon him as ghosts? You were only able to make all that money from Muslim countries invading them or other financial games that you are good at...

      February 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The '9/11 mosque...' Never have so many republicans been so eager for GOVERNMENT to clamp down on PRIVATE PROPERTY for the sake of the collective!

    February 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
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