Islamic Leader Talks Pastor Terry Jones' Koran Burning & Proposed NYC Mosque

By John W. Davis

September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This is the full interview of Fort Wayne Imam J. Tamir Rasheed speaking out against Pastor Terry Jones' on and off again decision to burn the Koran.

Also, Imam Rasheed shared his feelings on the proposed Islamic Center that may be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York City.

Below is an article recapping the full length interview.


"Everything that this man stands for flies in the face of the constitution," said Fort Wayne Islamic Center President Imam J. Tamir Rasheed.

Imam Rasheed is referring to controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones.

He does not agree with Pastor Jones' on and off again decision to burn the Koran.

However, Imam Rasheed said it is good that this kind of mindset is exposed to the masses.

"Not a single person has to lift a hand against him. God is well able and capable of taking care of the business of what needs to be," said Imam Rasheed.

Pastor Jones' reasoning for burning the Koran... the proposed Islamic Center & Mosque in New York City.

But Imam Rasheed raises the question, why is the proposed site labeled the Ground Zero Mosque, when it is actually two blocks away.

"They don't tell you that there is a mosque that is closer in proximity that preexists, that predates the World Trade Center, within a block of Ground Zero," explained Imam Rasheed.

"But even though it predates the World Trade Center, there has never been a report of violence. There has never been a report of terrorism. So what is this really leading to?," questioned Imam Rasheed.

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