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Ground Zero Mosque Gets New Radical Imam

January 16, 2011

January 16 2011- Militant Islam Monitor-Faisal Abdul Rauf the founder of the The Ground Zero Mosque Project aka Cordoba House aka Park 51 has been sidelined as it's Imam and it's new leader is Abdullah Adhami, who is tied to the radical cleric Siraj Wahhaj. Rauf is still on the board of directors of the mosque.

According to Israel National News:

"... Adhami may yet turn out to be just as controversial as his predecessor: he was a character witness in the trial of convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

In addition, the imam, who has a degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, designed Masjid al Taqwa, a Brooklyn mosque for Imam Siraj Wahhaj, considered by prosecutors to be an unindicted co-conspirator in the Rahman trial. A website created by Adhami, called, also highlights the terrorist-linked imam."

The change of leadership was a public relations move aimed at changing the image of the mosque in order to decrease public opposition to the planned 13 story 100 million dollar Islamic center situated close to Ground Zero.

MIM: Biography of Abdullah Adhami from the website of the Islamic Center of NYU. Adhami is slated to speak at an upcoming Islamist conference. Siraj Wahhaj is also among the speakers. CAIR NY is one of the co-sponsors.

Abdallah 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. As a certified narrator of hadith, he is honored with the highest doctoral credential in the interdisciplinary legal canon.

Shaykh Abdallah also holds a degree in architecture from Pratt in New York City, and has seven years of international corporate experience in the area of organizational development and executive training.

Shaykh Abdallah Adhami has been serving the needs of the Muslim community in North America for over twenty years, and is a creative and legal consultant to corporate and creative professionals in the public and private sector around the world.

His post-doctoral 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. He is the founder and chairman of SAKEENAH


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Islamic Law Students Association at NYU
Islamic Center at NYU Alumni Association
Ibn Sina: NYU Med School MSA
Shuruq at NYU
Muslim Dental Students Association at NYU
Queens College MSA
Baruch College MSA
Hunter College MSA
Stony Brook MSA
Columbia University MSA
Young Muslims - New York
Muslim Consultative Network
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MAS Youth
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