MOSQUE DIVIDES MUSLIMS AS WELL/update
Not all Muslims support the mosque which its supporters no longer wish to call Ground Zero mosque despite the fact the Imam said he intentionally placed on the spot where one of the wings of the attacking planes fell. Many Muslim abroad are dubious. Some even go as far as claiming the plan is part of a Zionist conspiracy. Nor are Western convinced of the wisdom of the plan. Indeed, Isabel Vincent reports that money Muslims are iffy on the mosque
At least one stateside benefactor of the Muslim cleric planning the $100 million Islamic center downtown appears to be running away from the project, raising more questions about how and where developers will raise the cash.
Washington, DC, power couple Samia and Abdul Huda Farouki have long supported Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf, who's leading the effort to build the controversial mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site. But they're keeping the project at arm's length.
The first American beauty queen is more outspoken:
Rima, who is muslim, took a break from the stage to weigh in on the controversy over the proposed mosque to be built at the site near ground zero.
"I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on the constitutional rights of freedom of religion," said Fakih.
But the 24-year-old says while she supports freedom of religion in America, the people behind the mosque should consider the feelings of the families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
"It shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion," said Fakih.
One can only hope that she does not share the fate of Raza, another mosque opponent. Toronto Sun reports: Muslim opponent of mosque reports threat
Last week Raza joined Maureen Basnicki a Canadian widow of 9-11 in attending a meeting about the mosque in New York City.
“They were very arrogant. They didn’t answer questions,” Raza told QMI Agency.
The meeting was hosted by Daisy Khan, the wife of the Imam promoting the mosque and Sharif El Gamal, the man whose property firm owns the land the mosque is to be built on.
Raza says she asked questions about who was financing the building, estimated to cost $100 million, and whether any of the money would come from countries other than the United States. There has been much speculation that the mosque is being funded through Saudi Arabian sources but at the Manhattan meeting Raza said there were no answers.
On Monday, back in Toronto, Raza says she received a call on her cellphone from a man who identified as Sharif El Gamal. “His tone was intimidating,” said Raza. “He accused me of 'jumping into’ the meeting he called and then said 'May Allah protect you.’ I was shocked and hung up.”
Raza says she took the phone call as a clear threat against her.
“Why would I need Allah’s protection?” asked Raza.
Here is proof that the problems true Muslim moderates face, not only in the ME, but also in Europe and America!
UPDATE - Dan Pipes, Americans Wake Up to Islamism
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