Healing Soul and Body

Abby Zimet

After months of controversy and amid heated debate, a Manhattan
community board voted 29-to-1 in favor of building a Muslim
community center in a former Burlington Coat Factory a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center site.
Despite the opposition of some conservatives and families of 9/11
victims, supporters argued it could heal the city's wounds.

"American Muslims want to be both good Americans and good
Muslims...Our mosque is as much a part of
the neighborhood as any church, synagogue or surrounding business." - 
Abdul Rauf, longtime imam at a Tribeca mosque and head of the Cordoba
Initiative, which would build the project.

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