Feisal Abdul Rauf

Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative

Feisal Abdul Rauf is founder and chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith, multi-national movement with the mission of improving relations between the Muslim world and the West. As imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City since 1983, he is known for preaching a message of understanding between people of all creeds. In 2010, Feisal received national attention over the Cordoba House project in Lower Manhattan and was nicknamed the Ground Zero Mosque Imam. He has written several books including What’s Right With Islam. Additionally, Feisal sits on the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of New York and serves as an advisor to the Interfaith Center of New York. In 1997, he founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), the first Muslim organization committed to bringing American Muslims and non-Muslims together through programs in academia, policy, current affairs, and culture.

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