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Imam Shake-Up at Islamic Center Near World Trade

Friday, February 04, 2011

 Pedestrians stand outside of the proposed site for the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center which would be blocks from Ground Zero on August 18, 2010 in New York City. Pedestrians stand outside of the proposed site for the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center which would be blocks from Ground Zero on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

A Muslim scholar recently named as the new senior imam at the Islamic center being built near the World Trade Center parted ways with the project less than a month after being named to the position.

Shaykh Abdallah Adhami, the new public face to the controversial project, said Friday in a joint statement with the center's developer that he will no longer serve as a religious adviser to the center.

The 44-year-old Washington, D.C., native who received an architecture degree from Pratt Institute was one of several imams brought in last month after Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, co-founder of the project, stepped down.

Adhami said he wants to devote his time to completing a book on the Quran.

The 44-year-old had been announced as the imam at the center last month after the departure of project co-founder Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. 

Islamic center developer Sharif El-Gamal said he still hoped Adhami would lead prayers at the facility from time to time.

With the Associated Press

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