Sunday September 11, 2011
The real fight for Islam
IMAM FEISAL ABDUL RAUF
... Like the great majority of the world’s Muslims, I am an orthodox Muslim: neither an “Islamist” nor a “radical jihadist.” ... Orthodox and authentic Islam is an inclusive, deep, beautiful and wisdom-based religion. ...
... I soon realised that to resolve the problems that people referred to as “Muslims versus the West,” or the “US-Muslim divide,” we all needed something concrete that could help bridge the growing polarisation between America and the Muslim world, and between Muslim Americans and their non-Muslim neighbours.
... "The result was the Cordoba Initiative in November 2002 which I created with the help of my friend John S. Bennett, the former Vice-President of the Aspen Institute in Colorado."