Ground Zero Mosque Controversy, As Viewed From the Muslim World

By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

by Dangers of Allah

(CNSNews.com)

Pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Editorial, Arab News, Saudi Arabia, August 16, 2010:

Unfortunately there are people who think mosques are breeding grounds for terrorism. No matter what Muslims do or say and how much they condemn terrorism, they are still all guilty in the eyes of many. The anti-mosque people were probably anti-Muslim before 9/11.

This mosque to the paranoid few will not become an Al-Qaeda hotbed. It can serve as a benevolent haven for New York Muslims who have felt isolated, ostracized and dishonored ever since 9/11.

M.J. Akbar, columnist, Khaleej Times of Dubai, August 16, 2010:

Ignorance is too generous an alibi for [former U.S. House speaker Newt] Gingrich and [former Alaska Gov. Sarah] Palin. They have been candidates for the most powerful job in the world. It is foolish to dismiss them as fools.

A mosque at Ground Zero will interfere with their politics, in which the Muslim must be etched as an irredeemable zealot with manic eyes and foaming mouth; the mosque must be distorted into a fountainhead of hatred; and every Muslim be blamed for the sins of the few bigots and terrorists who perpetrated 9/11. A range of political forces has a vested interest in the myth of the mad Muslim as the last evil standing between civilization and chaos.

Editorial, Dawn News, Karachi, Pakistan, August 16, 2010:

Unfortunately, some American politicians appear to have calculated that Islamophobia is a potent vote-getter. But that is as dangerous as it is self-defeating. Al Qaeda and militant Islamists could probably not dream of a better propaganda opportunity: see, they will say, America really is against Islam. The furor over the mosque isn’t winning hearts and minds for America, it is poisoning them.

Editorial, The Peninsula, Qatar, August 16, 2010:

Opponents of the Islamic Center are opponents of religious harmony and wanted to perpetuate a harmful stereotype against Islam.

Aijaz Zaka Syed, opinion editor of the UAE daily Khaleej Times, writing in Egypt’s Al Ahram Weekly:

The entire U.S. media and rightwing brigade are acting as if Muslims have invaded America and are building a monument to Osama Bin Laden at the site where the World Trade Center once stood.

Muslims must use this opportunity to clear the cobwebs clouding the image of their faith in the minds of Americans. They have an opportunity to remind and explain to Americans, and the world, that the destruction that struck the Twin Towers does not represent Islam, but peace, compassion and equality do.

In the Manhattan mosque initiative, America and Muslims have an opportunity to repair their long-frayed relations and build bridges for a shared future. The wounds inflicted by the US wars and policies in the Muslim world are deep, but gestures like these could make them less painful.

Hussein Shobokshi, columnist, pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat, August 10, 2010:

The Zionist-Christian extremist discourse is completely detached from the principles on which the United States was based, both in principle and in theory. Only ideas that are most beneficial for all survive, and extremism has no room regardless of its location, nationality or shape.

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Hihoze1 (1 hour ago)LETS DEBATE CHRUCHES, TEMPLES, SYNAGOGUES AND MOSQUES AND WHERE THEY ARE ALLOWED AND NOT ALLOWED TO BE BUILT AND WHO IS ALLOWED AND NOT ALLOWED TO WORSHIP AS THEY WISH. UNTIL THEN ISLAM AND MUSLIMS RIGHTFULLY REMAIN HATE FILLED, INTOLLERANT BIGOTS WORSHIPING A CULT OF DEATH, VIOLENCE AND EVIL.

Hihoze1 (1 hour ago)WE CAN HAVE THIS DEBATE WHEN THE MUSLIMS ALLOW JEWS AND CHRISTIANS TO BUILD SYNAGOGUES AND CHRUCHES AND ALLOW PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO PRAY AND PREACH IN SAUDI ARABIA AND ALL THE OTHER MUSLIM HATE STATES UNTIL THEN ISLAM REMAINS AN INTOLLERANT, VIOLENT, BLOOD THIRSTY, HATE FILLED CULT HEADED BY AN UGLY VIOLENT GOD AND A TWISTED PERVERTED PROPHET.

signsoftimes (1 hour ago)Being able to build a Moslem Mosque inside our country, whose largest religion is Christianity, shows the superior religious freedom that is enjoyed in the U.S. What Moslem country would allow a Christian Church to be built on their memorial sites?

Chisco (3 hours ago)”Opponents of the Islamic Center are opponents of religious harmony and wanted to perpetuate a harmful stereotype against Islam.” And the Muslims “need” this particular “mosque” in New York because the OTHER 100 MOSQUES in New York are insufficent for them to “practice their faith” in the way that they “have to”, RIGHT??! I hope that the contruction worker I heard saying that he and his fellow union brothers would not put a single nail into the building of this “mosque”!!! I don’t normally like unions, but I SUPPORT their decision to refuse to “aid and abet” the building of this scar on the face of New York City!

gommygoomy (3 hours ago)

It’s not Islamophobia. It’s Islam HATRED. We HATE these pieces of SCUM. Every Terrorist in the world, is a MUSLIM. Every act of BARBARISM and CRUELTY in this world, is committed by MUSLIMS. They strap explosives to their KIDS. They STONE their daughters to DEATH if they TALK to a Boy. They STONE their sons to DEATH if they’re ***. They beat their WIVES and have BEAUTY CONTESTS for their GOATS. They think NOTHING of MURDERING women and CHILDREN, in cold blood. All for the Glory of their BLOOD SOAKED GOD. If it was up to me, that whole God forsaken patch of HELL ON EARTH, would be taking possession of a few NUETRON BOMBS, right now. Wake Up World. This is one of those times in History where tough decisions MUST BE MADE. Hitler could have been STOPPED. But he wasn’t. If this SCUM is not stopped now? WW2 will look like a Sunday Dance.

Oregondave (4 hours ago)”The Bobfather & IDFL” Your assessment of this situation is right on and it is what we can expect from our Muslim president. Muslims know exactly what building that mosque means, even if Liberals don’t.

IDFL (4 hours ago)This is not really about religion or religious freedom, but about control and domination. Historically Islam has built mosques on sites of victories. If Islam is all about peace and building bridges as the above commentators claim, they would not have a problem not using the ground zero site and would build the mosque elsewhere.

The Bobfather (4 hours ago)Looks like Islam is losing the PR campaign with Al Qaeda and the radical Islamists. Funny how none of the authors invite a Christian Bascilica to be built in their nation as a token towards “repair(ing) (the} long-frayed relations and build bridges for a shared future” with America. I get tired of having the rights enumerated in the Constitution for American citizens used against us by aggressive foreign entities.

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