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Cordoba House, Ground Zero and overcoming the fear of Islam

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Article from Common Ground News Service - 1 June 2010

Plans to build a mosque two blocks away from ground zero have lead to an emotional debate among area residents and relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Cordoba House project calls for a 15-story community center including … see full wiki

Cordoba House, Ground Zero and overcoming the fear of Islam
Mehnaz M. Afridi

Los Angeles, California - On 6 June some organisations, such as Stop Islamization of America, Jihad Watch and the Tea Party movement, have planned a demonstration in New York to protest the building of a cultural and community centre called the Cordoba House, two blocks from the World Trade Center site. The founder of the centre, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, has said that one purpose of the Cordoba House is to "bridge and heal the divide between Muslims and other Americans."

The resistance to building the Cordoba House demonstrates the need for such a centre, which can educate and inform Americans about Islam and show that Muslims are partners in building a prosperous and peaceful America. The protesting groups, however, are concerned that the centre is disrespectful to the lives lost on 9/11 and will fuel terrorism, a claim that not only incites tensions between the local Muslim and non-Muslim community, but distorts the image of Muslim Americans.

Today, Muslims are struggling to communicate that Islam is indeed a peaceful religion and that people of all faiths can build a better world together. Two leaders from the Muslim American community, Rauf and Daisy Khan, have tried to do just that through years of dedicated service - since 1983. They conceived of the Cordoba House project as a vehicle for Muslim American advancement and a home where all Americans - regardless of their beliefs - can engage in dialogue and discover similar values and aspirations.

Rauf, who chairs the multi-faith, multi-national Cordoba Initiative, whose mission is to improve Muslim-Western relations, and Khan, who leads The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York-based non-profit working to elevate the discourse on Islam, envision the Cordoba House as a cultural centre, comprising a prayer space, library, art studio, theatre, meditation room, auditorium and swimming pool. The centre … more

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