Young American Muslims Offer Their Thoughts on the New York Islamic Center

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The pitched battle over a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan continues to heat up. We've heard from academics and lawmakers. Today, we're asking young Muslim Americans where they come down in this debate. 

24-year-old Abed Bhuyan is a native New Yorker who has spent the past two years teaching in Brooklyn Schools. He's about to head off to Turkey on a Fulbright fellowship. He believes the center should be completed as planned. "I would never concede to move [it,]" he says. "It would set a dangerous precedent across the country." 

24-year-old Maryam Ashraf believes that the debate should be limited to those who live in New York. "I'm not a New York resident," she says. "I don't feel like it's any of my business."