If the Imam would desire greater credibility, I would suggest that the Vatican be permitted to construct a Cathedral staffed by Jesuits in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. And that the Cathedral be permitted free and open preaching and teaching of the tenets of Christianity. And that the Catholic Information Center at that Cathedral be permitted free and open access to the people of the Muslim world.
That would be an excellent first step following the words of wisdom by the Imam.
In addition owing to the sensitivity of the issue, it would be most beneficial if the proposed mosque near the former World Trade Center be postponed until after construction of the Cathedral in Jiddah.
And further, as a sign of peace, that the Imam raise funds to compensate the survivors of the World Trade Center destruction in some small way for the sufferings they have received.
In addition, it would be helpful if the madrassas and other educational institutions funded by Saudi Arabia within the United States be temporarily closed, in recognition of the sensitivity of the issue. Or, if not closed, then opened to the people of the United States for them to freely witness the educational and cultural activities that take place therein.
Wouldn't you agree that such transparency would be a good and beneficial thing?
Well I watched the video; here is the description on the Web site:
About This Talk
Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.
About the Speaker
In 2003, Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf founded the Cordoba Initiative, a non-partisan and international organization that works to provide innovative solutions to conflict between Muslim and Western communities. He also serves as chair of the Initiative, actively promoting and moderating dialogue between individuals and groups. What’s more, this project was not the Imam's first foray into interreligious talks. In 1997, he started the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a group that brings American Muslims and non-Muslims together through programs in policy, current affairs and culture.
Also, Imam Rauf regularly attends the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum (both Davos and Dead Sea) and has written three books on the topic of bringing peace to Islam's relations: Islam: A Search for Meaning; Islam: A Sacred Law; and What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West. He continues to balance his mission of creating peace with his regular duties as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a mosque twelve blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, that he has led for 25 years.