Feisal Abdul Rauf

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Feisal Abdul Rauf is a Muslim religious leader and author who is spearheading the proposal to construct an Islamic cultural center two blocks from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.[1] The media have dubbed the project the "Ground Zero Mosque" from its nearness to Ground Zero and because it will include a mosque.

Feisal has blamed America for harming Muslims,[2] but has also condemned Hamas.[3]

In an interview with Ed Bradley shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Feisal described Muslim opposition to America's foreign policy as "a reaction against the US government politically, where we espouse principles of democracy and human rights, and where we ally ourselves with oppressive regimes in many of these countries."

He was quoted as saying further:

  • I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but united states policies were an accessory to the crime that happened ... Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.[4]

But he says he was quoted incorrectly:

  • The ‘60 Minutes’ piece was completely incorrect as the statement was edited out of context. In the full interview, Imam Feisal describes the mistake the CIA made in the 1980s by financing Osama Bin Laden and strengthening the Taliban. This view is widely shared within the US and the US Government today, and Imam Feisal underlines the importance of not supporting “friends of convenience” who may in the future become our enemies. This is common sense.[3]


  1. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's Goodwill Tour Comes Amid 'Ground Zero Mosque' Furor
  2. West must act to end jihad: Imam - Frank Walker - March 21, 2004 - The Sun-Herald
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Cordoba Initiative
  4. 60 Minutes interview

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