November 5, 2010

‘Ground Zero’ mosque initiator lectures SBY: Jakarta Post

US President Barack Obama has not arrived yet, but Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam behind the planned ‘Ground Zero’ mosque in New York, is already in Jakarta and lectures Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on religious tolerance.

After meeting privately with Yudhoyono for about a half an hour on Friday morning at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Rauf addressed a ‘presidential lecture’ on “Promoting Moderate Islam and Striving for Harmony Among Civilizations in the 21st Century” at the nearby State Palace, attended by a number of Indonesian Cabinet ministers and religious leaders.

He spoke about several issues, including the relationship between Islam and the US, the growing Islamophobia, the nature of moderation in Islam and how to promote it, and the recent development in the plan to build an Islamic center and mosque near the Ground Zero.

Rauf also announced the launch of multi-national, multi-faith Cordoba Initiative, aimed at promoting religious harmony between people of different faiths..

“Cordoba is named after the city of Cordoba in Spain where Christians, Jewish and Muslims once lived together in the most tolerant and enlightened society on Earth,” he said during the lecture. Read More…

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