Imam Feisal Addul Rauf Complies With NJ Judge’s Order – Documents Concerning Tenement Building Delivered To Court

Union City imam landlord complies with court order, gives papers on repairs to city officials

The attorney representing the imam at the center of the controversial proposal to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero complied with a judge’s order yesterday to furnish proof to Union City officials that he is addressing tenant complaints in a building he owns here, according to The Jersey Journal.

City attorneys are reviewing hundreds of pages of documents the attorney for Feisal Addul Rauf turned over to the city yesterday regarding complaints at 2206 Central Ave., a 16-unit building where tenants have complained about issues ranging from a lack of heat to a bedbug infestation.

The city filed a lawsuit over the complaints against Rauf on Monday and, at a court hearing in Jersey City on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri instructed Tomas Espinosa, Rauf’s attorney, to furnish the city proof by 4 p.m. yesterday that the issues raised by tenants, including a non-functioning fire-alarm system, was being addressed.

The next hearing in the case in scheduled for Sept. 23.

Albiez couldn’t say yesterday what problems the documents showed Rauf was addressing at the multi-family building.

Union City is seeking to put the building into custodial receivership, which would make an independent entity responsible for collecting rent and maintaining the building.

Read the full story in today’s Jersey Journal.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/09/union_city_imam_landlord_compl.html

Kelly: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf accused of more code violations on Union City building

By MIKE KELLY
RECORD COLUMNIST
A funny thing happened Monday as the Muslim cleric behind the Islamic center near Ground Zero basked in the glow of a diplomatically polite forum at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan.

Back in New Jersey, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was taken to court.

Union City officials say they are so fed up with what they call Rauf’s foot-dragging to repair dangerous code violations at a low-income apartment building that they want a judge to step in and appoint a special “custodial receiver” to run the place.

It was a day of dueling realities – and the surreal mystery about Rauf and who he really is.

Rauf, who lives in North Bergen, may fancy himself as a spiritual leader who dreams of building bridges between religions with a proposed $100 million Islamic center two blocks north of Ground Zero. But his slummy apartment building on Central Avenue in Union City is such a fire trap that the police department has now assigned cops to stand guard round-the-clock until Rauf fixes the fire alarms.

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” said Rauf, speaking in a soft voice inside the Council’s plush Park Avenue auditorium to an audience that included former National Security Council staffer Richard Haass and Ted Sorensen, the former speech writer for President John F. Kennedy.

On Central Avenue in Union City, Mayor Brian Stack had a decidedly different description for Rauf:

“He’s a slumlord,” Stack said.

As The Record reported last month, Rauf’s 16-unit Central Avenue building has been targeted with dozens of tenant complaints, from rats and bed bugs to broken lights and leaks.

But in recent days the problems at the building appear to have worsened.

Last Wednesday, as Rauf granted his first interview in months to CNN, Union City officials slapped him with 17 new code violations on the Central Avenue apartments. The city accused Rauf of not only failing to fix a variety of nagging problems but of not being responsive – or available for calls.

“We reached the end of our rope,” said Stack’s chief of staff, Mark Albiez. “There is a lack of responsibility.”

Then, on Friday, on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Union City officials rushed again to Rauf’s building. PSE&G had shut off the electricity in the hallways. The reason: Rauf failed to pay a bill of almost $5,000, Stack said.

Not only were the hallways dark, but the electric-powered smoke detectors and fire alarms were not working. In other words, the building was now a fire trap.

When Union City officials persuaded PSE&G to restore electricity, they discovered yet another code violation – the fire alarms were not working anyway, even with electricity.

So beginning Friday at 4 p.m., a Union City police officer has been assigned to sit in a car outside Rauf’s building so he can pound on tenants’ doors and guide them to safety in case a fire breaks out.

The city promises to send Rauf the bill – roughly $1,500 a day, said Union City police Capt. Richard Molinari.

“I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to have your alarms updated,” said Molinari.

Molinari’s words are one of the more profound understatements about Rauf and his strange habit of ignoring poor tenants while he manages to find time to rub shoulders with religious and political big wigs. But those words also frame a perplexing question about Rauf: How could a man who wants to do so much good behave so badly as a landlord?

Rauf did not respond to a request for comment at his office on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Reached on her cellphone, Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, who is also a partner in his real estate ventures, said, “We’re resolving everything.”

Really? Khan said she was unaware that Union City had filed a lawsuit on Monday in Hudson County, asking for a judge to name a custodial receiver to manage the Central Avenue apartment building.

“Defendants are clearly not operating the premises in a fiscally, socially and legally responsible manner,” wrote Union City attorney Christine Vanek in a brief accompanying the lawsuit.    

As Vanek was filing the lawsuit, Rauf did not even mention his slum problems as he spoke and answered questions at the Council on Foreign Relations. Indeed, what was curious about him was how he twisted his own reality.

“I am a typical New Yorker,” he began, not mentioning that he lives in a two-story home in North Bergen.

Then, when listing his occupations, Rauf mentioned he had been a “high school teacher, a salesman of industrial products and a struggling writer” – all true. But there was a major omission – that he has spent most of the last two decades as a real estate developer who, records show, was continually facing financial problems.

Was he being deceptive or just caught up in the hubris of the moment? Who knows?

“Let me begin by telling you my story,” Rauf told his Council audience, though he avoided any specifics about on-going negotiations end the dispute over his proposed Islamic Center.

Back in Union City, Yonaira Arias, who lives with her two sons and her mother in an apartment at Rauf’s Central Avenue building, said she was tired of stories – and promises and the talk about an Islamic Center. She just wants someone to plug the leaks in her ceiling

“Look at this,” Arias said, pointing to a water stain on the ceiling of her living room.

“And look at this,” she added, pointing to another leak in the bathroom.

“I heard he wants to spend $100 million in New York on his center,” Arias said as she gazed at a television that had been damaged by water. She turned and looked up again at the ceiling leak.

“He won’t fix anything here,” she said.

But Feisal Abdul Rauf wants to fix religious problems.

How nice.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/091310_Imam_Feisal_Abdul_Rauf_faces_code_violations_on_Union_City_building.html

Ground Zero Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – SLUM LORD: NJ Judge Orders Proof Of Repairs

Judge wants imam to prove he’s fixing NJ buildings

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The imam who wants to build a mosque near New York City’s ground zero has until Thursday afternoon to produce documents that prove he is fixing alleged violations at two apartment buildings he owns in northern New Jersey.  

A judge told a lawyer for Feisal Abdul Rauf during a hearing Wednesday to submit the documents. The hearing was prompted by a complaint filed by Union City, a community just outside the Lincoln Tunnel.

But state Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri denied Union City’s request to have a court-appointed monitor oversee the property, which the city says is riddled with serious code violations that haven’t been addressed, in some cases for years.

But the judge said he would revisit the request Sept. 23 after the city has had time to review Rauf’s submissions.

From ABC News: COURT VIDEO – TENEMENT HOUSING VIDEO HERE

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7667714 

Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, “have been under a lot of stress,” attorney Tomas Espinosa said after the hearing. “They will prove to be honorable people when the final decisions of the court are made,” he added.

Espinosa said he had not had direct contact with Rauf since the complaint was filed Monday but had been in touch with Khan. Neither attended the hearing, and Rauf did not answer the phone at his home in neighboring North Bergen. He has not commented on the complaint.

The 96-page complaint alleges Rauf failed to fix 12 fire code violations the year before a 2008 fire in one of his buildings, and that instead of repairing the 32-unit building he boarded it up and kept residents from moving back in.

The complaint also details violations in the second, 16-unit building, including bed bugs, improper garbage disposal and broken fire alarms and smoke detectors. The building’s gas and electricity were shut off recently due to unpaid bills and were only turned back on when city officials appealed to the utility company, Union City attorney Christine Vanek said.

The fire alarm system in the building is still faulty, the complaint claims, which has forced the city to pay a police officer to be outside the building at all times on a fire watch.

“Why should the city have to provide the mechanism to safeguard the tenants?” Vanek asked the judge.

Espinosa told Olivieri that a company had been retained to fix some of the problems and had amassed “a big file” of documents showing what work was under way or planned.

Olivieri scolded Espinosa for not producing any of the documents Wednesday. When Espinosa said Rauf had been busy in New York and he’d had trouble meeting with him, the judge replied tartly, “Mr. Espinosa, that’s over the river. You’re acting like it’s another universe. It’s not that difficult.”

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=7668770&rss=rss-wabc-article-7668770&utm_source=errythang&utm_medium=twitter

UPDATED HERE: Imam Feisal Addul Rauf Complies With NJ Judge’s Order – Documents Concerning Tenement Building Delivered To Court

The Ground Zero Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf: Is He a “Truther”, does he blame the U.S. Government for 9-11?

Mosque imam’s associate calls WTC attacks an ‘inside job’

A founding member of an organization run by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the planned mosque near Ground Zero, claims that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job” and that Muslims have been made scapegoats, The Post has learned.

Faiz Khan — who has preached at least twice at the former Burlington Coat Factory building, the site of the proposed mosque — was for years Rauf’s partner in the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims, which is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Islam.

Khan also serves on the advisory board of Muslims for 9/11 Truth and is a founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, known as MUJCA.

RUSHDIE IN MOSQUE’S CORNER

Smoke Billows From WTC as People Cling To The Outside Of The Structure, Trying to Escape The Deadly Flames - Before Falling To Their Deaths Below

On MUJCA’s Web site, Khan wrote that “the inescapable fact [is] that 9/11 was an inside job.”

“The prime factor for the success of the criminal mission known as 9/11 did not come from the quarter known as ‘militant Islam,’ although the phenomenon known as ‘militant Islamic networks’ may have played a partial role, or even a less than partial role — perhaps the role of patsy and scapegoat,” he wrote in documents uncovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Khan was listed as one of three directors of the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims in its 1997 incorporation papers, when it went by the name of the American Sufi Muslim Association.

ASMA and Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative are spearheading the drive to create a $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Fire Spreads Through WTC Tower As People Flee For Their Lifes ... The People In The Foreground Are 7 Blocks From Ground Zero ... The Planned Mosque Is 6 Blocks Closer

In an e-mail exchange with The Post, Khan said he ended his affiliation with the ASMA in “2002 and 2003,” although that claim is contradicted by a record of him speaking at a 2006 ASMA conference in Copenhagen, where his bio listed him as a board member.

When The Post asked Khan who he thought was responsible for 9/11, he initially declined comment, but later said in an e-mail: “I am certain of a few things . . . The towers and WTC 7 could not have collapsed without controlled demolition place from the ‘inside.’ “

Ray Locker, managing director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, said: “For someone who claims he wants the mosque project near Ground Zero to help build bridges and heal the wounds from 9/11, it’s odd that one of Feisal Rauf’s fellow bridge builders is someone who thinks the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people were an ‘inside job’ by the US government.”

Khan told a group of 9/11 deniers at a 2006 Chicago summit called “Revealing the Truth/Reclaiming Our Future” that “the most logical explanation” for 9/11 is that the hijackers were working for corporate America and that the heroin trade creates “billions of dollars” that are laundered by “Citicorp and Procter & Gamble.”

Rauf’s spokesman didn’t return calls for comment.

http://newyorkpost.com/p/news/local/imam_pal_is_nut_gPPtzFWEtyaUlE3u4P4ckI#ixzz0zSZF1t69

Second Plane Strikes WTC - The Black Building In The Foreground Was 1 Block From The WTC - The Same Distance As The Proposed Mosque is From Ground Zero

 

9 -11 Remembered: The Ground Zero Mosque & Imam Rauf’s Veiled Threat to America

The Imam is trying to tell us that the Militants won on 9-11. That he cannot take into consideration tha familes of the 2700 who died at Ground Zero … that we should only consider … and fear … the feelings of the militants … I think not … but you decide … and then let Mayor Bloomberg and the Imam know and most importantly, VOTE IN NOVEMBER … 

Later, that same day …

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero mosque says plan will move forward in op/ed
 
After weeks of silence, the imam at the center of a controversy over building a mosque near Ground Zero is speaking out. His message is clear: the plan will move forward.

In a new op-ed piece that echoes a similar sentiments he wrote about in May for the Daily News, Feisal Abdul Rauf said he was “awed by how inflamed and emotional” the issue has become.

Rauf stressed in the New York Times op-ed on Wednesday that he was proceeding with the project with the support of the downtown community and officials like President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—pointing out that Obama is Christian and Bloomberg is Jewish …..

Opponents of the project, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have said the mosque should be built further away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 2,800 people.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/09/08/2010-09-08_imam_feisal_abdul_rauf_of_ground_zero_mosque_says_plan_will_move_forward_in_oped.html#ixzz0z932WGGv

Also See:

The Ground Zero Mosque Question: How far away is far enough … to build a Mosque at Ground Zero …

The Ground Zero Imam – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; The Wrong Man, The Wrong Mosque, The Wrong Place, The Wrong Time… 

Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

A Tree Grows at Ground Zero – First Trees Planted For Ground Zero Memorial Garden

“More than 1,100 victims of the World Trade Center attack remain unidentified or their remains haven’t been recovered … More than 40 percent of the 2,749 Sept. 11 victims in New York have never been identified.”  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/22/national/main2113163.shtml

Ground Zero Imam: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – Denier, Defender and Apologist For the Genocide in Dafur, the Sudanese President and the Janjaweed/Militia.

 
 

Ground Zero Memorial Pool - 2700 Victim's Names Will Be Inscribed Around The Pool

 

Ground Zero Imam: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – Denier, Defender and Apologist For the Genocide in Dafur, the Sudanese President and the Janjaweed/Militia.

Imam behind NYC Mosque Faces Divisions over Center

McAuley’s World Comments In Blue

What absolute nonsense… it is well known that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf refuses to condemn HAMAS  but did you know Imam Rauf also refuses to acknowledge or condemn the Genocide in Dafur, Sudan?  

 

Genocide Arrest Warrant Poster - Sudanese President

“12 July 2010 – UNITED NATIONS – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued a second arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, adding genocide to the list of charges for crimes he has allegedly committed in the war-ravaged Darfur region.”. “In March 2009 the Sudanese leader became the first sitting head of State to be indicted by the Court, which charged him with two counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity.”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27361&Cr=Darfur&Cr1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/14/sudan.warcrimes1

The Sudanese government has orchestrated and taken part in “large-scale international crimes” in Darfur, a high-level UN human rights team said today. Headed by the Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, the UN assessors found the Sudanese government was responsible for waging a ruthless campaign resulting in war crimes and human rights abuses.”The principal pattern is one of a violent counter-insurgency campaign waged by the government of the Sudan in concert with Janjaweed/militia, and targeting mostly civilians. Rebel forces are also guilty of serious abuses of human rights and violations of humanitarian law”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/mar/12/sudan.jamessturcke  

Imam Rauf refuses to even recognize the genocide, never mind condemn the genocide.

The U.N. estimates that 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes… http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27361&Cr=Darfur&Cr1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/14/sudan.warcrimes1

Amid the killing of tens of thousands of people, women in Darfur’s towns, villages and camps have experienced grave human rights abuses, including abductions, sexual slavery, torture and forced displacement at the hands of the Janjawid. As Amnesty International reported in July; women and girls as young as 8 are being raped and used as sex slaves in the conflict area, despite guarantees by the Sudanese government to disarm the Janjawid. These women and girls are being attacked not only to dehumanize them, but also to humiliate, punish, control, inflict fear upon, displace and persecute the community to which they belong.

The Janjawid have acted with full impunity and with the full knowledge or acquiescence of the government army, and the government of Sudan has not charged a single member of the Janjawid or of the armed forces with committing rape or kidnapping. In fact, the mass rapes ongoing in Darfur are war crimes and crimes against humanity that the international community is doing little to stop.

http://www.womensenews.org/story/commentary/040818/help-stop-violence-against-women-darfur  

There is an undeniable and overwhelming international consensus that genocide is taking place in Dafur. Imam Rauf refuses to even acknowledge the genocide, let alone condemn it… Contrary to what the liberal MSM is spinning … “Bridge Building” is not always a “positive” endeavor,  sometimes it is preferable to keep the river between you and what is on the other side. Just ask the women and children of Dafur. They have “No Where To Turn”.”Nowhere to Turn” is the title of a report documenting the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad. This scientific study was conducted in partnership with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/report-2009-05-31.html

Dafur - Violence aganst woman

Imam Rauf, through the Cordoba Initiative, continues to act as denier, defender and apologist for the genocide in Dafur, the Sudanese President and the Janjaweed/militia.  

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cordoba_initiative_unveils_new_push_in_sudan/

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rethinking_sudan_problems_remain_but_there_are_opportunities_for_the_us-sud/                   

 http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/10/27/rape.darfur/

Imam behind NYC Mosque Faces Divisions over Center  

 

Artist Rendering Ground Zero Memorial Park

NEW YORK

—Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has long worked to bridge divisions, be they fissures between interfaith husbands and wives or political chasms separating the United States and the Muslim world. The 61-year-old clergyman is now in the midst of a polarizing political, religious and cultural debate over plans for a multistory Islamic center that will feature a mosque, health club and theater about two blocks north of ground zero.

He is one of the leaders of the Park 51 Project, but has largely been absent from the national debate over the implications of building a Muslim house of worship so close to where terrorists killed more than 2,700 people.

Though Rauf has said the center, which could cost more than $100 million, would serve as a space for interfaith dialogue, moderate Muslim practice and peaceful prayer, critics say it will create a base for radical, anti-American Islam. Some critics have also asked where the funding for the center might originate and whether it may come from sources linked to Muslim extremists.

Artist Rendering of 8 Acre Memorial Park At Ground Zero

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, called the backers of the project  “radical Islamists.” “They’re trying to make a case about supremacy” with the center, he said.

The American Jewish Committee has said that while Park51’s leaders have a right to build their center, they must “fully reveal” their sources of funding and “unconditionally condemn” terrorism inspired by Islamist ideology before they can obtain the organization’s support.

Those who know Rauf and have worked with him say that he is anything but extreme in his beliefs or intentions.

“He is one of the really important Muslim leaders in America, working for and working with other religions,” said the Rev. James Parks Morton, the former dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine who has known Rauf and his family for more than 30 years. “He’s a very, very conciliatory, intellectual guy.”

During the past few months, Rauf has been in Malaysia, where his family has long-standing ties, and on a State Department-financed goodwill tour of Gulf countries.

Through a spokesman and his wife, he declined to speak with The Associated Press in recent weeks. His few interviews lately have been with local Arabic media during his State Department tour.

He told the daily Bahrain newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej on Aug. 24 that he blamed the news media, in part, for strained relations between Muslims and Americans. Rauf said the media “has succeeded in portraying stereotypical images, focusing on the negative and criticizing the other.”

[What role does the media play in Dafur, Sudan? Does the Imam believe the media has created a false “impression” of the genocide in Dafur? Shockingly, the answer is yes! The Imam will tell you the genocide in Dafur is, in fact, a fiction of the Western media.]

Ground Memorial Pool - Victims Names Will Be Inscribed Around The Pool

With Rauf largely absent from the debate, opponents have scoured past statements and critics portray the imam as tone-deaf to the sensitivities of families who lost relatives on Sept. 11. They argue he should forthrightly condemn Arab political movements such as Hamas that the U.S. government has designated as terrorist organizations.

Asked in June by WABC-AM whether he believed the State Department was correct in designating Hamas as a terrorist organization, Rauf gave a winding response: “I am not a politician. … The issue of terrorism is a very complex question. … I do not want to be placed … in a position of … where I am the target of one side or another.”

[Evil is evil and should be called what it is …. there is no room for equivocation]

Rauf rarely deviates in his interviews, speeches and books from a core message of the need for interfaith dialogue to resolve religious conflicts. What emerges is a portrait of a man who has passionately argued that Islam is inherently compatible with American life, and that each is enriched by the other.

[Then the Imam should stand and call for the acceptance of a universal right to “Freedom of Religion” and ask that his fellow Imams and the leaders in every Muslim Counrty and every other land of the world open their borders and welcome those who do not share the Muslim faith and that these people be allowed to establish  or re-establish Synagogues, Temples and Churches throughout Muslim lands … to put into practice the words of the Prophet Mohammed, “…There is no compulsion in religion…” (Quran 2:256),  because without such a statement and such actions Islam is not “inherently compatible with American life” … Why would the Imam not make such a call on behalf of “freedom of religion” everywhere? ] 

[… “to resolve religious conflict”,  how then does one resolve the “relgious conflict” in Dafur when the “conflict’ takes the form of genocide and one will not admit that genocide is taking place … genocide is not a “religious conflict” that can be “negotiated” … genocide is an evil and genocide must be ended not “negotiated” … one cannot compromise on genocide]

He has strongly opposed acts of violence in the name of Islam.

[Well, what absolute nonsense – to begin with Imam Rauf denies the genocide in Dafur, and is a major apologist for the Sudanese Regime charged with War Crimes by the U.N. International Criminal Court …] 

“The Quran allows fighting only in defense — when we are attacked or thrown from our homes or denied our basic rights because of what we choose to believe,” he writes in his 2004 book.

Terrorist Group Al-Shebab Beheads 7 "Christian Spies"

 [One of the reasons for the genocide in  Dafur is that the native Sudanese African farmers are “animists” and follow the ancient beliefs of their ancestors and refuse to surrender or “submit” to the Quran … The Islamists and Imam Rauf refuse to permit the African Sudanese’ the right to a freedom of their own ancestral religions. Animist: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/animist ]

“But even in those cases where fighting is allowed, the Quran never allows the killing of innocent people.”

[Why then does Imam Rauf refuse to acknowledge and condemn the genocide in Dafur?]

The annex of his book includes a 2001 fatwa, or religious ruling, signed by five Islamic scholars, that permits Muslims to fight for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

He also writes that there is no circumstance under which the Prophet permitted suicide, and says so-called “martyrdom operations” are unsupported by Islam.

It is a phenomena that no civilized society — in the Muslim world or the West — should be content to accept,” he said.  

 

Boys, 15 & 16 years old executed for "homosexuality"

[An interesting phrase and concept, “a phenomena that no civilized society … should be content to accept“. Don’t civilized societies believe in “Freedom of Religion” for all, don’t civilized societies condemn genocide and don’t “civilized societies” condemn terroists orgainizations like HAMAS?]

Rauf was born in Kuwait, the son of an Egyptian imam and noted Islamic scholar, Muhammad Abdul Rauf, who came to New York City in the 1960s and helped lead efforts to establish the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, the city’s first building designed as a mosque. The multimillion-dollar project took more than 25 years and opened in 1991. The elder Rauf also led the Islamic Center of Washington before taking a job in Malaysia.

The younger Rauf didn’t follow his father’s path into religion until later in life. He studied physics at Columbia University and in New Jersey, and dabbled in teaching, sales and real estate. He married, first to an American who converted to Islam, and a second time to a Malaysian woman. He has two children from each of the marriages.

[When was the Imam at Columbia? Did he study at Columbia with President Obama? Neither Obama’s nor Rauf’s

Mass Execution of Christian "dissidents" by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court

 records from Columbia have been made available for public review … can you name even one prior President who has kept his educational records secret from the American public? 

I find this curious, not for some grand conspriracy theory, but because my tax dollars are paying for Rauf’s tour of the Middle East and I want to know if that might be due to a personal friendship between Obama and Rauf, one that may have started at Columbia University. Obvioulsy, the MSM failed to properly vet either of these men …]

In the late 1990s, he married his third wife, Daisy Khan, who has actively supported the Islamic center proposal.

In 1983, Rauf was asked to lead prayers at a small mosque in lower Manhattan, 12 blocks from the World Trade Center site and near the Park51 project. The mosque, Masjid al-Farah, was created by a Sufi order called Nur Ashki Jerrahi, currently led by a woman, which means the order of light and love. Sufism is a mystical tradition that emphasizes a direct and personal experience of God through chanting and other acts of devotion, and is known for adapting to local culture.

[ http://www.allaboutreligion.org/sufism.htm – The author of the article has failed to note that the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque ” has nothing to do with the Sufi Sect. There are no Islamic states which regard themselves as officially Sufi. Sufism is characterized by the veneration of local saints and by brotherhoods that practice their own rituals. Sufis organize themselves into “orders” or groups, called Tariqas. These groups are headed by a leader called a Shaykh who is considered the most spiritual man with the most Taqwa among them. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/intro/islam-sufi.htm

Rauf is especially popular among young, urban professionals.

[ http://www.amnesty.name/en/news-and-updates/heavy-sentences-against-jailed-iranian-baha%E2%80%99i-religious-minority-leaders-condemned– ]

CRIME: Adultery SENTENCE: Beheading

Author Asra Nomani said she once attended a retreat organized by Rauf and Khan, and noted that Rauf allowed parallel prayer sections for men and women — a rare practice. In the majority of mosques, women sit behind men, shielded by a room divider.

“Imam Feisal, he has always been on a moderate course — many of us would call it a liberal-progressive course,” said Saleemah Abdul, 36, who works for the United Nations and is editor of a book on American Muslim women. “He has promoted women’s leadership, youth leadership in a time and a place where many Muslims felt isolated and alienated.”

[Liberal-Progressive? Is this what she means by Liberal-Progressive behavior? Parallel prayer sections? Wouldn’t a “Liberal-Progressive” publicly acknowledge a universal right to freedom of religion, that all men and woman are created equally and that all people are made in the image of God; Muslim, Jew – Hindu – Anamist and Christian, believer and non-believer alike, and that equal rights between the sexs are God given, not a creation of man. Wouldn’t a “Liberal-Progessive”  call upon all world leaders to acknowledge the same, specifically, that the leaders in Muslim lands recognize these basic rights of all mankind. If this is not so than how can Islam be “inherently compatible with American life”. Tell me do good “Liberal -Progressive Muslim’s” deny and defend genocide these days? Liberal – Progressive Islam with it’s “parallel prayer sections” for men and women and it’s “parellel systems of justice” for believer and non-believer …]

Rauf helped to establish the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, two organizations with missions to build dialogue between Muslims and the West.

[See the links above and the Imam’s actual letters from the Cordoba Initiative to the American Muslim Magazine, concerning what one might think is, based upon the Imam’s letters, a “genocide-less” Dafur].

His travels have been financed partly by the U.S. government, which has been sending him on diplomatic trips to

Public Executions Followed Protest of Iranian Election 2010

 Muslim nations since the Bush administration. Contributions to his nonprofit organizations have come from American groups like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation, government agencies in Qatar and the Netherlands, and the Kingdom Foundation, a philanthropy affiliated with Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the largest shareholder in Citigroup.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Rauf was called on repeatedly by news organizations to help explain to Americans why the U.S. was so hated by some factions in the Muslim world.

[Can he now explain to us why the “Muslim’s Factions” are so hated in Dafur today? Can the Imam explain the Muslim world’s replusion to the freedom of religion, revulsion to freedom of speech, freedom of expression and equality of the sexes and how this revulsion lies at the root of Islam’s replusion to all that is “inherently compatible with American life “ ] 

Some of his comments then have now been seized on by critics as evidence of anti-American views.

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“We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims, he said in a 2005 lecture in Australia. “You may remember that the U.S.-led sanction against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations.”

[What a strange analogy for a “Liberal/Progressive”; Is he refering to the sanctions approved by 114 member countries of the United Nations, sanctions that were put in place after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the Regime of Suddam Hussien’s continued “human rights violations”,”acts of genocide’ and “crimes against humanity”, the acts that ultimately led to the conviction and execution of Hussein by the Iraqi people …  http://www1.american.edu/TED/iraqsanc.htm 

Has the Imam been asked his opinion about the execution of Saddam Hussien? Were the Iraqi people justified in their actions? Was the execution a “just act” under Muslim Law as he understands it? 

Given this statement by the Imam and the Imam’s failure to condemn HAMAS, shouldn’t the MSM ask the Imam his

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opinion of the current sanctions against Iran? To specifically ask the Imam his opinion … will the sanctions against Iran provide justification for the Imam to one day compare the terrorist activities of a rogue group of militant extremists to the unified actions taken by the United Nations against Iran? Could the Iranian sanctions serve to  justify some other terrorist attack in the Imam’s mind? A Liberal? A Progressive?]  

Rauf told an interviewer in July that about a decade ago he envisioned a global association of Muslim community centers modeled after the Young Men’s Christian Association, serving as centers of interfaith dialogue and spreading moderate Islam worldwide.

The first of these Cordoba Houses, as he initially referred to them, would be established in New York City.

[The quetion that begs to be asked is this, “and is it your intent that these Centers replace the YMCA’s, that your “Centers” will act to the exclusion or explusion of  YMCA’s throughout the world as Mosques have acted to forcibly replace Synagogues, Churches and Temples throughout the Muslim world? Is your goal, first and foremost, not interfaith dialogue but to spread Islam?]

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“Our stated objective is to establish this as a launching point, as a headquarters if you want, of a global understanding, of a moderate Islam that is true to its fundamental principles,” He told the New York-based Intersections International, a group that has endorsed the Islamic center.

[Coincidentally, this is the same group that employed Michael Enright the man who slashed New York City Taxi Driver Ahmed H Shari.

 What did the Imam just say? Did the Imam just say the “Mosque would serve as a headquarters for the launching point of an Islam that is true to its fundamentalist principles”?. I, for one, believe he did … I for one, want a clear definition of the Imam’s “moderate Islam”, especially a “moderate Islam … true to it’s fundamentalist principles’ …]

 “And to accuse us as being the opposite of that flies in the face off our stated vision, our mission, my track record and everything I’ve ever done or stood for.”

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/08/28/imam_behind_nyc_mosque_faces_divisions_over_center/?page=1

Twelve Questions For Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

1). Will you acknowledge the genocide in Dafur?

2). Do you acknowledge the charges of “War Crimes” brought by the United Nations International Criminal Court against the regime in the Sudan?

3). Will you condemn the genocide in Dafur?

4). Do you, as an individual, recognize an international right, an unalienable right, of all people throughout the world to worship or not worship, as they choose, without fear of harm, an international right to freedom of religion for all people?

5). Do you call upon all leaders, in all lands and of all faiths to recognize this right?

6). Will you call upon the civil, religious and most importantly, the theocratic leaders throughout the world to reopen the places of worship that they may have closed or may have been closed by their predecessors, within their lands and to permit the free and unencumbered exercise of the religion of choice by all people in all lands? If not, please explain how your position ”is inherently compatible with American life”?7). Will you acknowledge a universal right of equality between the sexes and call for an end to the “crimes against humanity” being committed in Dafur, Sudan? Will you call for an end to the barbaric and sexist practices of mutilating, stoning and beheading of women, whenever these actions might be occurring throughout the world? If you refuse to condemn these actions will you explain how these actions are “inherently compatible with American life”?

8). Will you call for an immediate end to the barbaric practice of executing individuals because of their sexual orientation and for an end to the equally barbaric practice of drugging and raping virgin’s prior to their execution. (“Members of Iran’s feared Basij militia forcibly marry female virgin prisoners the night before scheduled executions, raping their new “wives” and making it religiously acceptable to execute them, a self-professed member of the paramilitary group says… ” –    http://www.news.com.au/iran-virgin-prisoners-raped-for-legal-executions/story-0-1225752873650 ; Google “Virgin Rape Iran” for a long list of articles condemning this barbaric practice )

9). You have refused to acknowledge or condemn HAMAS as a terrorist organization. The Charter of HAMAS states that, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it”. http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

Absent a general condemnation of HAMAS, will you as an Iman and a purported “Liberal/Progressive Muslim American leader”, denounce and condemn this specific component of the HAMAS charter, that your faith, Islam, has the right to ”obliterate” any other People, Race, Religion or Country?  Certainly, you must be willing to condemn the basic “concept” that any faith, be it “Islam” or any other faith or religion,  has a right to “obliterate” any other faith, people, religion or Country … the Imam does recognize, doesn’t he, that such a concept is not “inherently compatible with American life”.  

10). Will you specifically acknowledge that those individuals who choose not to believe in the “One True God” and choose to pursue forms of worship such as; Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or those who choose not to pursue any religion at all, should be left to their personal freedom of expression, whatever it might be and that these individuals should never be put in fear of their life because of the choice they make and will you condemn those who will not acknowledge this universal right?  

11). Was the execution of Saddam Hussein for “crimes against humanity” a just and acceptable action under Islamic Law as you understand that law?

12). You have expressed an unusual position on the United Nations sanctions against Iraq; using those sanctions to justify the attack on innocent civilians in the WTC on 911 because of the “blood on American hands” that you associate with the United Nation’s Iraqi sanctions. 

The United Nations has recently initiated a host of sanctions against Iran. Will those sanctions serve as a justification in your mind if other attacks are launched by extremist Islamic Militants against innocent American civilians? 

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A Tree Grows at Ground Zero – First Trees Planted For Ground Zero Memorial Garden

A tree grows at Ground Zero

After nearly nine years, life is returning to Ground Zero in a tangible way.

Crews today began planting 16 swamp white oaks at the World Trade Center site. They are the first of nearly 400 trees to be planted around the eight-acre memorial to the nearly 2,800 people were killed when terrorists attacked the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

The trees will dot a cobblestone plaza surrounding two huge pools built on the footprints of the destroyed towers.

Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, was on hand at the site to help with the planting. He said designers of the memorial envisioned a lush and quiet green space that would bring solace to visitors.

“When people come up to the pools and see the names and be under this canopy, this forest, it will be a very peaceful environment,” Daniels said.

Cultivated for four years at a nursery in Millstone, N.J., the 16 trees were loaded onto eight tractor-trailers at midnight Friday for the 35-mile trip to Manhattan. Several were planted overnight and into Saturday morning on the western side of the memorial plaza.

To see Artist renderings of  the “Ground Zero Memorial Park” see:

Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

The memorial plaza will essentially become a rooftop garden, built atop the deep chasm left by the destroyed towers. It will cover the museum commemorating the 2001 attacks, commuter train platforms and a parking garage that are being built as far as 70 feet below ground.

The trees were irrigated and fertilized for four years at 15-acre nursery in New Jersey. Daniels said the swamp white oaks were selected for their beauty and their ability to withstand Manhattan’s cold, snowy winters and steamy summers.

The trees come from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. — the places where the attacks hit. They were about 25 feet tall when first planted and are expected to soar to 60 to 80 feet high.

Once they are planted, an arborist will work full-time to prevent the construction site’s daily dust and clutter from damaging the oaks.

An elaborate subterranean irrigation system, with individual tubes running to each tree, will water and fertilizer the grove. The trees’ condition, soil moisture and temperature can be monitored remotely through sensors embedded into their root balls.

“Our expectations are we will have 100 percent survival of the trees,” said Tom Cox, CEO of Environmental Design, the Houston company that has cared for the trees and ferried them to the trade center site.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/tree_grows_at_ground_zero_0i0XmO64o4jS8Y66ljFFPJ#ixzz0xvolSGHP

Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

August 27, 2010 – 2:30 PM

by: Meredith Orban

On Friday, 10 of the 416 trees destined for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will begin their journey to Ground Zero.

“Today is D-Day for us.  It’s the magical day,” said Ronaldo Vega, the Director of Design for the 9/11 Memorial.

Vega spoke as workers from Environmental Design, the contractor responsible for the trees, loaded the thirty-foot trees on to forklifts and carefully hoisted them on to flatbeds.

Artist Rendering Ground Zero Memorial Park

The Swamp White Oak trees have been growing in a Millstone Township, New Jersey nursery since 2007.  They’ll make the 60-mile trip up the New Jersey Turnpike, over the George Washington Bridge to the Henry Hudson Parkway and down the west side of Manhattan before they’re planted at the memorial site tomorrow morning.  A total of sixteen will be planted this weekend.

Artist Rendering of 8 Acre Memorial Park At Ground Zero

After the September 11th attacks, Vega was one of the managers of the recovery and rescue effort at Ground Zero.

“It was a mass grave,” he said, “We’re going to turn it into a place where living things are and where future generations can enjoy life and remember. They’ll always remember what took place there.”Vega says the trees are symbolic in many ways.

“They speak of rebirth, how they die and come back every season.  They breathe just like we do,” he said.

The selection process was significant as well.

“The trees were harvested from the states where the attacks took place.  So, even the trees speak of the trauma that took place on 9/11.”

Trauma aside, Vega says this is a day of hope.  This is, “the first life on the plaza.  This is it.  This means we’ve come back… That’s what these trees represent. They’re the bridge between that horrible day and our rebirth.”

http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/27/bringing-life-to-ground-zero/

Ground Zero Memorial Pool - Victim's Names Will Be Inscribed Around The Pool

 

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