Imam Behind Downtown Mosque Will Tour Nation
Published at 4:56 PM EST on Dec 24, 2010 | Updated at 5:00 PM EST on Dec 24, 2010
The Muslim cleric who hopes to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site in New York is planning to tour the nation to promote the plan.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will first speak in Detroit on Jan. 15. The city has North America's largest Muslim population.
Zaheer Uddin, head of New York's Islamic Leadership Council, told The Associated Press Friday that he thinks it's a good idea for Rauf to address misunderstandings between Muslims and others.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed the project at the location two blocks from ground zero.
Opponents call it offensive to families of 9/11 victims.
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