A days ago the grand pumba Imam Rauf sat down with Al-Jazeera to talk about the Ground Zero Mosque. He must be a liberal because he’s attempting to revise historical Islam and current teachings from the Qu’ran. So to correct him a little I’ve included some refutations during the vid. I personally like part when devotion to Allah is shown by crushing skulls. I’ve also included the transcript below.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
Imam of Planned
Near Ground Zero
Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
August 24, 2010
The Cordoba Initiative is an initiative to improve relations between the Islamic nation and the Western world and the non-Islamic religions. The Cordoba House, within the framework of the Cordoba projects, began before 9/11. I have been in the US for 45 years, and I felt that there is a need for a cultural center, with an agenda that differs from what goes on in the mosques. Here in the US, we need to establish an Islamic-American community.
The Koranic verses that deal with fighting the infidels and conquering their countries say that they should convert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax, or be killed. If the Muslims had implemented this, we would not have reached the humiliation in which we find ourselves today.
Of course, we knew that (the choice of a site) near Ground Zero would make the place well known. This is what we expected, but we did not anticipate this negative reaction, with such violence.
The Prophet Muhammad said that the dust of battle for the sake of Allah and the smoke of Hell shall never meet in a man’s nose. Devotion to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, crush skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah in defense of His religion.
First of all, this is not a mosque. It is a community center.
Commentator: A center for the (Islamic) community?
Imam: Generally speaking, yes.
Secondly, it is not at Ground Zero. It is two blocks from there. Ground Zero Mosque is not the name of the place.
There is widespread ignorance about Islam in the U.S.. One of our goals is to make people understand what Islam is, and who the Muslims are. Islam is a religion that loves tolerance and peace, and the people who carried out (9/11) were not . . .
That action was not an Islamic action. One of our goals in the future is make people understand Islam is and who the Muslims are.