Another Park51 Imam Resigns

by Katrina Trinko

The ongoing drama associated with the mosque near Ground Zero continues. Sheik Abdallah Adhami, who appeared to have been appointed to replace Feisal Abdul Rauf (who continues to be on the Park51 board) as chief imam on the mosque near Ground Zero project, resigned Friday.

While Adhami said in a statement that his resignation had been prompted by his desire “to devote my time to the completion of my book which assists English readers in understanding and facilitating the language of the Quran,” it also comes after the New York Post dug up some choice quotes from past lectures delivered by Adhami.

Among those quotes was one that suggested Adhami supported jailing former Muslims: “If someone leaves the din, leaves the path privately, they cannot be touched. If someone preaches about apostasy or preaches their views, they’re jailed . . . Many jurists have said they have to be killed.”

The Park 51 organizers have not yet announced a replacement for Adhami. But they haven’t completely distanced themselves from him, either: Sharif El-Gamal, the Park51 president, said that “we look forward to him [Adhami], God willing, leading prayers informally for Park51 in the near future.”