In the Qur’an, Moses, as well as other Biblical figures including Abraham and Jesus are Muslim prophets; in Islamic tradition, Jewish and Christian teachings about these figures are considered corruptions of their original messages, which were wholly consistent with that of Muhammad. This idea completely delegitimizes Judaism and Christianity insofar as they diverge doctrinally from Islam; in their true forms are considered to be essentially consonant with Islam. “Ground Zero imam: ‘We have more of a right to Moses’: Urges Muslims ‘wherever they are’ to ‘compete’ with other religions,” by Aaron Klein in WorldNetDaily, January 20 (thanks to Mackie):
Muslims have “more of a right” than Jews to the biblical prophet Moses, declared the imam who has become the new face of the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City.
Imam Abdallah Adhami also urged Muslims to “compete” with other religions.
“We must be doing it first, we must compete with you to be doing more of that. We want to fast Ashura too, because that’s the day God saved Moses; that is certainly a day to be celebrated. We have more right to Moses,” stated Adhami in a 2008 lecture obtained and reviewed by WND.
Ashura is an Islamic fast day that commemorates Muslim events, including the Islamic claim that Moses fasted on that day to express gratitude to God for liberating the Israelites from Egypt.
In his lecture, Adhami recounted the Islamic story of the Muslim figure Muhammad arriving in Medina, where he encountered Jews who fasted on Ashura and asked them why they were celebrating the holiday.
Continued Adhami: “And what is his first impulse? If we paraphrase a little bit to be outside the cultural mould, the answer essentially translates into, wait a minute, we love Moses more. We want to fast because we love Moses more than – ideally, he is not challenging them that, no, we love him more, you love him less kind of a thing. But it’s this impulse, it’s this wait, this is goodness, this is a good thing.
Hear Adhami’s speech:
“We must be doing it first, we must compete with you to be doing more of that. We want to fast Ashura too, because that’s the day God saved Moses. That is certainly a day to be celebrated. We have more right to Moses. This possessiveness of goodness.”
Adhami then urged his followers to compete with other religions
“Wherever you are, compete, race with each other in goodness. This is the ethos, this is the driving force that compels the Muslim to say I want to be at the front of that discourse, even though it might be unpopular right now.”
Adhami stated he recognized his views were “politically incorrect.” Still, he repeated his assertion Muslims must compete with others.
“Are we going to deny reality people, or are we going to move into a different dimension and start doing something to address this?” he asked.
It was announced last week that Adhami, 44, will take on the role of senior adviser for the proposed $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero in New York City, the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attack….