‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Gets New Imam


feisal-abdul-raufThe organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center says the imam who has been the public face of the project will be playing a reduced role.

The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to lead religious programing. It says co-founder Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will focus on other initiatives.

Rauf announced late this fall that he is starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths.

He is starting a national speaking tour Saturday in Detroit.

Park51 said Rauf would remain on the Islamic center’s board. It says the group needed someone who could be more focused on local matters.

The group named New York City imam Abdullah Adhami as its new senior adviser.



  1. Theyre building a mosque at ground zero, since when? there was room used for prayers that got destroyed along with the towers, but this is the first ive heard of actually building a mosque at ground zero

  2. Hmmmm….Replacing a “Moderate” with a descendant of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad and Sharia” expert?Shaykh Abdullah Adhami was born in Georgetown, Washington, DC, of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He began his studies of shari’ah at the age of eight, and heard his first scholarly narrative in 1975. He earned scholarly licenses from many eminent scholars from Damascus, Egypt and Morocco, and is honored with the unique and rare distinction of being a certified narrator of hadith.His works center on exploring the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the linguistic implications of shari’ah texts. His works also strive to relate the eternal relevance of the essence of shari’ah laws as a vehicle to enhance modern lived experience.Last known residence Damascus, Syria, with his wife and son.