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Ground Zero Mosque: Olive Branch or ‘Soft Jihad’?

ICC Note

The plan to construct a mosque at ground zero has stirred controversy. Many say that such plan is part of Islam’s soft jihad.

By Wendy Griffith

05/23/2010 United States (CBN News)-The construction of a mosque has been approved near Ground Zero that has many people, especially family members of 9/11 victims, upset.

Critics say it’s not so much the mosque itself they find objectionable, but the location.

Eight and a half years after September 11, 2001, people still come to pay their respects and remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost when radical Muslims flew two hijacked American airliners into the World Trade Center towers. It was the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil.

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Mixed Reviews

Today the Cordoba Institute’s Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is pushing forward with a new mosque and community center near Ground Zero which he says will help bridge the gap and bring healing between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Sacred Ground

However, Rosemary Cain sees the matter differently. She lost her son, George, a 35-year-old New York firefighter, on 9/11.

“It’s yesterday to me, it’s yesterday to me. Just this past week was George’s birthday,” Cain said.

“It’s not the mosque, it’s the location,” she explained. “It’s very offensive. New York City is a big place, there’s a lot of areas around there. They could go further uptown, they could go wherever they want to go. Why they chose that place, I don’t know. That’s sacred ground.”

Soft Jihad?

But Middle East expert Daniel Pipes is suspicious of the imam’s claims.

“Faisal Abdul is someone with a very dubious record,” Pipes charged. “He’s an Islamist. He’s someone who has sympathy with our enemies more than with us. In other words, he wants to apply Islamic law. Granted he’s not doing it via terrorism, but he’s using his own methods of education, propagation in order to achieve the same goals.”

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