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August 31, 2011

Location, location, location not this Imam’s strongpoint

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

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You’d think Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf might have absorbed a lesson or two about picking his spot, given the furore sparked by the Islamic community centre (“it’s a mosque,” critics insist) that he plans to build in the vicinity of the World Trade Centre site.

It would seem not, however, after he chose a speech at Edinburgh University’s Prince Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in which to offer the following opinion:

 “I don’t think we should allow, in our communities, space for those who wish to abridge the freedoms of another person on the basis of their religion, race, language or gender. I think we have to combat those tendencies.” 

These are fine words but they would sit a little more comfortably with me if I could be reassured that the Imam has publicly made similar comments of late in Algeria, Norway, Pakistan and Iran.

I don’t deny that Edinburgh can get a bit spicy on the sectarian front when Hibs and Hearts meet but of all the places aching for the benefit of  Imam Feisal’s wisdom, I would suggest that the Scottish capital currently comes some way down the list.

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