Saudi Prince Backs Moving Islamic Cultural Center

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) –A Saudi prince who has aided the imam spearheading a proposed Islamic center near New York’s ground zero is appealing for another site not associated with the ‘wound” of the Sept. 11 attacks, a report said Thursday.

In interview excerpts published by the Dubai-based Arabian Business magazine, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was quoted as saying that moving the planned mosque and other facilities would respect the memory of those killed in the 2001 attacks and allow American Muslims to choose a more suitable location.

The comments are reportedly the prince’s first public views on the dispute, which has stirred street protests and fiery debates between religious and political leaders over America’s freedom of worship versus the lingering anger over the 9/11 attacks.

Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Foundation has contributed to the group run by New York’s Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, but said he has given no funds to the planned center.

Prince Alwaleed urged the backers of the proposed Islamic center not to “agitate the wound by saying, ‘We need to put the mosque next to the 9/11 site.”’

“Those people behind the mosque have to respect, have to appreciate and have to defer to the people of New York,” the prince was quoted as saying by the magazine, which said the full interview will be published Sunday. “The wound is still there. Just because the wound is healing you can’t say, ‘Let’s just go back to where we were pre-9/11.”’

Prince Alwaleed, who chairs a Saudi investment company that has major stakes in international giants News Corp. and Citigroup, also said Muslims in New York should consider a more “dignified” location than the proposed site in lower Manhattan.

“It can’t be next to a bar or a strip club, or in a neighborhood that is not really refined and good. The impression I have is that this mosque is just being inserted and squeezed over there,” he said.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. OMAR ABDUL says:

    IT IS PIGS LIKE YOU AMERICANS THAT ARE THE CAUSE OF THIS.THIS MOSQUE IS A PRIVELIGE FOR YOU STUPID AMERICANS TO LOOK AT IN AWE. IRAN #1 USA BLAHHHHHHH

    1. LESEOS says:

      GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY IF YOU HAVE SUCH A HORRIBLE OPINION S OF AMERICANS AND THE USA,. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF

  2. LESEOS says:

    i AM SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE POSITION THE PRINCE IS TAKING ON THIS SENSITIVE ISSUE. HE IS CERTAINLY A MAN OF COMMON SENSE AND COMPASSION.

  3. observer2010 says:

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal finances al Qaida. Of course he wants to see all this go away, before a Wikileaks-like release implicates all those Saudis who were flown out of the airline-grounded U.S., immediately after the 9/11 attacks (no, I am not a “truther”), by the Bush administration. And he finances News Corp. Hmm. What better way to foment discourd and hasten the reestablishment of the Caliphate than to pump money into the Fox “News” Network and the New York Post and let the idiots spew away?

  4. Kim says:

    I am grafeful to hear these words from the Prince and have tremedous respect for his respect for the ‘wound of 9/11″, which still haunts many of us.

    Without respect for eachother, ther can never be peace.

    Thank you Prince Alaweed.

    1. LESEOS says:

      kIM
      VERY WELL SAID, I AGREE WITH YOU 100%

  5. manny.K says:

    I believe that there are millions more good muslims like Prince Alwaleed who really understand the true teaching of Islam and like to understand the pain of other people and want to help to do somthing good which really cast nothing. we need more Muslims to come farward and show there sampathy.

  6. No mosque says:

    Does that mean the prince is racist and anti-muslim? How confusing.

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