NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of the imam planning an Islamic community center by Ground Zero said she and her husband have received death threats.

Daisy Khan said Sunday that her life and that of her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf were “under threat.”

Police confirm telephone threats were made.

Khan was part of a wide-ranging discussion of Islam broadcast on ABC’s “This Week.”

She also said that moderate Muslims like herself must lead the fight against extremists in their religion, but that if moderate Muslims are branded as extremists, they will be thrown into the arms of al-Qaida.

The developer of the Islamic center has released preliminary sketches of the 16-story planned structure. Sharif El-Gamal said groundbreaking was probably two to three years away.

Opponents said the center should be farther away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center on September 11. Supporters said religious freedom should be protected.

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Comments (20)
  1. Len says:

    I hope the comments here are not representative of most New Yorkers, otherwise it’s time to leave. This is seriously hateful, vile stuff.

  2. Nemesis xyz says:

    Go and build your mosques on the Moon or on Mars. There’s 170+ Moons to build your mosques on. Write to the AUASS (Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Science) to terraform a Moon for you.

  3. JasonS says:

    I don’t believe for one single minute that this couple has had death threats. They just another product of the left wing ethnic victim culture, always trying to whip up sympathy for themselves by making up stories about being oppressed and threatened. And it usually turns out to be bollocks.

  4. Mike says:

    And all our lives are under threat from Islam, boo hoo Daisy.

  5. DanTe says:

    That’s funny “free guy”. I didn’t hear you protesting when we’re against the building of a Neo Nazi cultural center.

    You’re a two-faced, holier-than-thou, sanctimonious hypocrite, aren’t you?

  6. RANJITH says:


  7. BS Meter says:

    Doesn’t this seem like yet another desperate attempt — even as she’s not reported any ‘threats’? like trying to get a “call to arms” across the Muslim ‘world’ JUST FOR THEIR OWN BEHALF.

    Funding must not be going at that well.

    (Shame on our media, for giving them a platform for this nonsense.)

  8. free guy says:

    Is this the democracy of America???
    Days are showing the hidden face of the alleged democracy. Can somebody tell me where the harm is from building a cultural center for muslims.

  9. Josh P says:

    If she and her husband are really moderates, then they should get on national tv and denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization. BTW, what is a moderate imam? I know what Reform Judaism is and I have friends who are non-practicing Catholics. But moderate Muslim? That’s a new one.

    1. Human says:

      Josh U Know everything but honesty…. if ur divisive and hateful… u will never understand anything… look at HISTORY and u will find JEWS have been their biggest enemy… WHO CREATED HAMAS or HEZBOLLAH….. WHERE WAS HEZBOLLAH BEFORE the SABRA & SHATILLA Massacare in 1982 in Lebanon…. SO … IF U ASK FOR HATRED ….U WILL GET HATRED…. and see what HEZBOLLAH has done to ISRAEL…

      LETS BE HUMAN and SHOULD NOT BE HATEFUL to any religion or RACE…

  10. Dr. Fanon says:

    Hamas is a Palestinian national liberation organization that engages in
    armed struggle against European colonists IN PALESTINE.
    Indeed, that fact terrorizes zionists and their running dogs in Washington, DC.
    Be terrified!

    1. Josh P says:

      AKA… Terrorism or Murder. Dr. Fanon seems to forget that the Palestinians have allowed themselves to be used by their Arab neighbors for over 60 years as victims, yet they have never managed to unite for anything other than to kill innocent Israelis.

    2. Steve says:

      You really sound like a moderate?!?!? Maybe if they would restrict their attacks against only Government ‘things’ their ‘struggle’ would be veiwed differently…and you should maybe take your own advice…

  11. Jay says:

    This ho should be deported.

    1. ranjith says:

      Why you Americans allow this fukin idots in your country,CHASE THEM TO THEIR COUNTRIES

  12. DanTe says:

    Death Threats is an Islamic tradition of making folks feel like home with a mu-slime.


  13. MR. CROWN says:

    Well, the Imam made a threat of what would happen if the mosque isn’t built on his TV appearance so I guess this reaction is expected.

  14. Anya says:

    From Stoning?

  15. Karina says:

    Daisy is the same lady who once said that building a mosque near Ground Zero is “no big deal”, her husband does not consider HAMAS a terrorist organization, and owns buildings in Union City, NJ, infested with bedbugs and roaches. I am not saying they are extremists, but this behavior is disturbing to me.

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