Ground Zero imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who came under fire for once saying Osama bin Laden was “made in the USA,” yesterday stopped short of using the word “terrorists” to describe the murderous 9/11 hijackers, instead calling them “those who attacked America.”
During an interview on Al Jazeera TV, recorded during a trip to Doha in the Persian Gulf, Rauf was asked whether 9/11 affected the “discourse of American Muslims.”
Rauf, who has said he wants to be a bridge between the US and the Muslim world, said 9/11 caused some Americans to view Islam with suspicion.
Feisal Abdul Rauf: “Islam was seen as a national security threat in America because the . . .,” Rauf said, pausing in mid-sentence before continuing, “because those who’ve attacked America utilized the vocabulary of religion.“