MIAMI, Sep. 9 A New York imam involved in a
project to build a Islamic cultural center and mosque near the
site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the city is willing to
discuss moving the controversial location, a Florida Islamic
leader said on Thursday.
"I think he is considering it," imam Muhammad Musri, head
of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told CNN. He said he
had spoken to the wife of the New York imam, Feisal Abdul
Musri was speaking after Pastor Terry Jones, who heads the
tiny, little-known Dove World Outreach Center church based in
Gainesville, Florida, called off his plan to burn copies of the
Koran this weekend, saying he had obtained a deal that involved
moving the planned location of the New York center and mosque.
"We have the commitment of the office of the imam for a
three-way meeting where myself, and the pastor, would fly to
New York to meet with him to discuss the plan or ... moving
that project to an ideal location that's not controversial,"
Musri said. But he said he had "no written guarantees".
Sources close to imam Rauf said earlier there was no
agreement to move the site of the proposed Muslim cultural
center in the city.