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. readthequranagaindummy

    I just made up a new religion called
    Inga-mingaboo....Ings (bless its name) is the god of it. The rule is, if you draw Ings (bless its name), I will break your leg. Also, you can not beat your wife, but just slap her every so often if she disagrees. You can not be friends with people fish, frogs, and those who die their hair purple.
    It's a peaceful religion, compared to

    Mohammedacitus at least.

    February 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Reush

    I wonder if any Christians recently built a church near Atlanta...you know, where Christian terrorists attacked during the Olympics.

    February 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Ion

    Point is that muslim terrorists attacked American people in the name of God. Unless world-wide Islam leeaders don't appologise to the world and the shut down their extremists internally America will never accept this religion and its followers as peace loving. We will always be afraid of any organized muslim group!

    February 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  4. brian h.

    My only comment is , reigion is the enemy of truth.

    February 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Ron

    So many bias and hateful comments. i believe that all religions should be respected and all have a history of wrongdoing. im a christian who believes that christ sent a message of love and respect that unfortunately many christians didnt get and turned to hate and violence. we must respect all people of all religions or we will see no improvement in our world.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  6. kat

    Ossama you believe a woman can survive physical abuse? Are you a woman? I was physically abused by my exhusband and it was much better to leave his abusive unfaithful butt then live with it. Christians saw you should honor your wife as Christ did the church!

    February 6, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  7. mike

    I for one hope the entire cultrial center gets shut down. There are too many bad feelings and memories concerning the muslum religon currently that are connected with 9/11. With the center where it is, it has the appearance of insulting american values. Maybe for now there be no center within 2 blocka of the towers so people can cool down. Maybe in the future when this is all past us we can have the center there, but for now I suggest no center.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • readthequranagaindummy

      Even a Muslim family member of a 9/11 victim is against it, because its timing and location is an obvious bad gesture by Muslims to show they are infiltrating the west!

      February 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  8. truthurt

    Anyone who claims to be a christian and is part of organized religion is anything but.

    February 6, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  9. PoorLeadersMakingPoorDecisions

    The whole project is crap. Why is it needed? Who requested it outside of who's building it? I'm sure the standard mosques suffice. Maybe, I'm mistaking....

    February 6, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  10. lindy lama

    In an attempt to polish Islam's image, Muslim activists usually quote verses from the Quran that were written in the early days of the Islamic movement while Mohammed lived in Mecca. Those passages make Islam appear loving and harmless because they call for love, peace and patience. Such is a deception. The activists fail to tell gullible people that such verses, though still in the Quran, were nullified, abrogated, rendered void by later passages that incite killing, decapitations, maiming, terrorism and religious intolerance. The latter verses were penned while Mohammed’s headquarters was based in Medina.

    February 6, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  11. Jose M. Pulido

    Imam Adhami, said "he needed more time to complete a book meant to assist English readers in understanding the Quran." If a book needs to be explained by another book in order to be understsnd it, then the second book replaces the first one.
    The Quran is worthless, it is a waste of time and money. God can save the soul of humankind for eternal life only if a person believes in His Son Jesus. islam appeared 600 years after Jesus had already come to Earth to save humankind. Everything God needs to tell humankind is already written in the Bible.
    God would not send a human being to write another book and another doctrine to confuse humankind as Mohammed has done to all Muslims; it would be a cruelty from God to send a man to pose as His prophet and another book to confuse humankind.

    February 6, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • mike

      that would be cruel of god you say. what about childhood cancer, masses of starving and sick people. if you are small minded enough that you need a book written by MEN to tell you how to be a good person, then you are not in any position to comment on other books that other small minded people study to help them become good people. this is the problem in the world today. religion was created to A. keep the masses afraid and B. to create a ruling class when there wasn't a form of government to keep people civilized. how many millions of people have been killed "in god's name"?

      February 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  12. jaz

    I challenge islam loving ppl to go in to a mosque w/ a dog and pig. Let's see how welcomed they'll feel..

    February 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Sam

      Assuming your Christian...what whould happen if you walked into a church with a dog and a pig? It would be a worse situation for Muslims because both of those animals are considered unclean. But we (Muslims) are still allowed to have dogs as pets. So quit trying to turn everything about my religion into something that makes you a victim.

      February 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  13. jaz

    I will not wear burgas, give up Bacon or my pet dog for ISLAM...they are not a religion of peace...

    February 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  14. my3cents

    That is not a mosque, it's a terrorist hideout. They want our respect, but they have no earned it yet. What have muslims done to stop terrorism? Nothing!

    February 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  15. Good grief

    I didn't know muslims play the "make him resign" game. I thought they were strict on their gay-acts beliefs.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  16. Jay

    There is no mention of peace or love in the quran.
    Why are Christian churches banned in Saudi Arabia?
    This is not a loving religion.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Sam

      Why don't you ask the Unites States government that question?? Saudi Arabian government is completely supported by the United States, and it's the only absolute monarchy on Earth. Do you think any citizen of Saudi Arabia agrees with 1 policy in the Saudi government??

      February 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
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    February 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  18. Tali

    Why should muslims be allowed to build mosques in the US when they suppress and kill Christians in their countries and oh yeah 9-11 in the US too. No mosque!

    February 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • American citizen

      Because they are Americans. In this country we have freedom of religion. Islum is not a country. JACK-ASS.

      February 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
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