Visionary of Islamic community center near ground zero to visit Minneapolis

Dina Elrashidy

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold its fifth anniversary banquet on Feb. 11 according to a CAIR press release.

CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States.

The banquet will feature Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as the keynote speaker. He will speak on post 9-11 civil liberties assaults and the growth of anti-Islamic sentiments in American society.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is chairman of the Cordoba Initiative — an organization dedicated to improving multi-national and multi-faith understanding — and a main visionary of the Park51 Islamic community center, a contested project because of its location near ground zero, in New York.

The sold-out event will be attended by community members, leaders of the Muslim community, business executives and interfaith partners.