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. eto,o

    The problem with muslims is that they cannot reconcile the 21st century with some medieval myths and folklore for which theres no prove.Sheepish.

    February 5, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  2. eto,o

    anybody who advocates that pork should not be eaten is a terrorist,at least to me.I adore pork chops.

    February 5, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  3. eto,o

    wake up america.these muslims want to poison our society with their medieval gabbage.where is Christopher Hitchens on this?

    February 5, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  4. eto,o

    These muslims should be treated like the pests they are before they become a plague

    February 5, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  5. steve

    Wow. An anti gay Muslim leader. Who would have thought that. That's not gonna work in NYC.

    February 5, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  6. reader

    Read the Quran from beginning to the end then take quotes and try to interpret what you please but no cherry picking without reading it in full

    February 5, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      I don't care about Islamic hypocritical passages, context...and neither so terrorists.

      February 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  7. Reality

    Ooops, make that "atrocities" in the previous comment. Then procee to this:

    And while the imam is writing his book explaining the koran to those of us who speak English, maybe he explain this about the koran and its dictates about world domination by male Muslims?

    "Islam’s Koran and World Domination

    Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

    Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

    Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

    Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

    Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

    In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

    Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

    Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

    A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!” – D. Richardson

    February 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Mark rain

      Very well done. Satan, under the guise of Islam desires that the whole world perish by denying Jesus while destroying the Jews. He knows that God will win in the end, he's simply trying to produce the highest body count possible.

      February 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      If Satan's goal as you say is to produce the highest body count, then Islam would be the last thing he would create! I would argue Satan would do much better by creating christianity, which would in turn lead to atheism.

      World War One, World War Two, Nazi Genocides, Communist Genocides, these four events have created more body count than all the 1,400 years of islamic history combined. And it would take so called "satanic" muslims 100s of years to come up with as much dead bodies as an average atheist, christian nation can produce in one 10-year war.

      February 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  8. Reality

    Hmmm, this blog's chronology placement continues to be a mystery. The above comment on attrocities was supposed to be a "stand-alone".

    February 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  9. 01608

    Is it true?? Sarah and Bristol want tradmark their names? Must be it came from foxnews.com.
    I don't like this story.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Reality

      Some added history about "peaceful" koranic-driven Islam followed by some reality by Matthew White:

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7CE-19CE (Islam)

      But then there is this:

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      Rank Death Toll Cause Centuries Religions/Groups Involved*

      1 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      20 million Joseph Stalin 20C

      8 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians)

      13 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans)

      8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.
      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."


      February 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  10. 01608

    Is it true?? Sarah and Bristol want tradmark their names? Must be it came from foxnews.com.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Jack

    Gays are liberals. Liberals support the P51 Project. The leader of the P51 project is an Imam. The imam says Gays are mentally sick. Where is it going?

    February 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Iceaxdave

    Good-bye and good riddance! ‹^› ô¿ô ‹^›

    February 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  13. 1111angel

    What's an "imam" anyhow and what does an imam do or supposed to do?

    February 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  14. SJ

    If some of the Americans including the great Michael Moore believe that the 911 attacks were a conspiracy, then I don't blame any of the guys here commenting that the Bible is imaginary. After all, people have become accustomed to ignorance and arrogance, which is a dangerous combination.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Mainehunter

    Funny. i hated Anderson Cooper before I found out he is gay. Now I hate him twice as much!

    February 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Sactoguy

    @ireaditscarey: You've posted only verses from the Qur'an you find controversial. What about other verses such as these:

    Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians - whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord. And there will be no fear for them, nor shall they grieve" (2:62, 5:69, and many other verses).

    "...and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those who say, 'We are Christians,' because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant" (5:82).

    At least be honest and show the whole picture.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      Well.... you missed the point sir.

      Yes, you do prove that Islam is hypocritical.

      A mentally disturbed Muslim who is angry will only see what they want to, like any human.

      Why is there so much ammo to hate woman and non Muslims in the quran.

      Idiots like terrorists don't care about context, plus you must go through chapters for anything contradicting.

      February 6, 2011 at 3:06 am |
  17. Truth Hurts

    Moderate? The religion which started by mass murders, genocides and forced conversions wants to be moderate.
    you must be dreaming.

    February 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  18. Veritas

    All these "discussions" demonstrate are vapid and inane responses to issues related to religion. You think you actually know something, you have "faith" it that, but your logic and analytical abilities are so limited as to be inarticulate and laughable. Bottom line, believe what you want and one day the answer will be clear.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  19. J MIZAK

    Let's not forget what and how America was suposedly started as a place of relgious freedom by the pilgrams (according to so called american history books ) these religious people proceeded to rob & kill the Indians who saved their lives , take & kill Mexicans for land & gold & oil enslave a whole group of people as property for financial gain all under the guise of being good "Christians" (WHITE) and now perceive all "Muslims" (NON-WHITE) are evil unless proven otherwise .

    February 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  20. SickOfIt

    Why don't we stop arguing about how stupid one religion is over the other and just let people live their lives. You're just as annoying as the people you're complaining about.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
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