Archive: Feisal Abdul Rauf
The actual battlefront of our times is not between Islam and America, but between moderates of all faiths against the extremists of all faiths, between the purveyors of fear and the champions of love. If we will not be convinced by the right facts, shouldn't we at least be motivated by the right emotions?
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | March 10, 2011; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (23)
This center is an attempt to prevent the next 9/11. What could be a better monument to the victims of 9/11 than a community center whose very presence is an affront to extremists everywhere?
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | July 21, 2010; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (94)
Can we be upset in these times of heightened national security that the Belgians and French want to know who is walking around on their streets? And in these times when sensitivity about religion and respect are at a boil, cannot the arbiters of Western media show a little restraint?
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | May 5, 2010; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (26)
Yes, the elections in Sudan were a mess, but also a hopeful sign for a democratic future -- if we maintain our commitments.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 29, 2010; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (8)
Ignoring religion will doom peace initiatives because so many of the conflicts in the world today are based on interpretations of religious belief that promote violence rather than the peace on which these religions are founded.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | February 23, 2010; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (8)
Religious organizations and the government can cooperate to achieve shared domestic and foreign policy goals without impinging on America's fundamental belief that the state should not endorse any one religion.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | December 28, 2009; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (3)
Religious freedom is essential for achieving peace. Right-wing Swiss populists are no more at fault than right-wing Muslims, who in recent years have become much more rigid in rejecting the free expression of religion in Muslim countries.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | November 30, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (35)
What this unfortunate Army major did was against the laws of Islam, even though news accounts said he was an observant Muslim. It is too early to understand his motivations and mental stability. He obviously was violating his faith when he undertook this act. Killing is as much a sin in Islam as it is in Christianity, Judaism and all the major religions. Taking the law into one's own hands is against Islamic teachings.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | November 6, 2009; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (13)
In choosing Obama for the Nobel Prize, the committee chose hope over despair. They chose the ideals of the United States over cynicism. And they chose to support a young, visionary leader at a crucial moment in world history when so much can be gained or so much can be lost.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | October 10, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (12)
We must understand that Islam itself is not the enemy - only the misguided interpretation of Islam on one hand and the incomplete application of its principles that has led to corruption and insecurity on the other.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | October 6, 2009; 11:51 PM ET | Comments (29)
Neither the Quran nor the Hadith invokes a penalty for alcohol consumption. The sin of consuming alcohol is described in the Quran in the mildest language of prohibition.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | July 29, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (2)
New York City is one of the most important cities in the world. Recognizing these holidays would send a message to Muslim countries that the United States is not only one nation under God, as we say, but also that our religious diversity is our strength.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | July 8, 2009; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (87)
Imagine what would happen if a top fashion model walked down the runway in a Hermes-designed burqa, or if Muslim women could vie for the latest French designs of their hijab?
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | June 25, 2009; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (27)
Obama should say his administration respects many of the guiding principles of the 1979 revolution -- to establish a government that expresses the will of the people; a just government, based on the idea of Vilayet-i-faqih, that establishes the rule of law.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | June 19, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (5)
The historic significance of President Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo cannot be overstated.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | June 5, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (258)
As an Egyptian by parentage, a U.S. citizen by choice, a Muslim by faith and an imam at the mosque that is but 12 blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, I am pleased that my president, Barack Hussein Obama, is addressing the Muslim world Thursday from my hometown of Cairo.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | June 2, 2009; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (10)
Rather than fear Shariah law, we should understand what it actually is. Then we can encourage Muslim countries to make the changes that achieve the essence of fairness and justice that are at the root of Islam.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 23, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (141)
President Obama understood what his Muslim audience needed to hear to begin to dissipate the phony notion that the Muslim world and the West are embraced in an irreconcilable "Clash of Civilizations."
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 15, 2009; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (23)
In Turkey, President can counter bin Laden's hate, show values shared by West and Islam.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | March 27, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (21)
The persistent and pervasive perception on the Muslim street is that America has its sights set on the Islam – and people like Parsley only reinforce this fear. Renouncing Parsley is important, but a more fundamental shift must follow if the new American president is to be taken seriously.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 4, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (11)
The recent and controversial call by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Church of England and spiritual leader of 80 million Anglicans, for incorporation of Sharia law into British law will not be the last utterance in favor of Islamic law. Nor should it be.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | March 13, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)