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The 'Ground Zero Mosque,' Being Gay and Muslim, and More
July 27, 2012
Summary: Imam Rauf moves 'Beyond Ground Zero,' a student reconciles being gay and Muslim, and the traditional view of homosexuality in Islam.
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Imam Feisal: 'Beyond Ground Zero' July 27, 2012
Feisal Abdul Rauf may forever be known as the so-called Ground Zero Imam, but he wants you to know he’s more than that. He’s also a long-time peacemaker and Muslim activist, who hopes to “move a mountain of suspicion, myth, fear and hatred” from the Muslim community.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, author of "Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero To A New Vision Of Islam"

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On Being Gay and Muslim July 27, 2012
A gay, devout Muslim man recounts growing up in Pakistan, where being homosexual wasn’t just abnormal, it “wasn’t part of the vocabulary.” After moving to America, he grappled with the Quran’s seemingly clear condemnations against being gay, and eventually became a student of scripture interpretation. In our interview, he chose to remain anonymous and simply be called “Adam.”

“Adam,” a Ph.D student in New York
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Islam and Homosexuality: A Traditional View July 27, 2012
The director of one of the largest mosques in America presents Islam’s traditional approach to homosexuality: being gay is acceptable, but acting on it is a sin, as stated by the Quran. “If a person has such feeling,” he says, “they are urged to control that.”

Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, past president of the Islamic Society of North America, 1997-2001