Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf 

Founder of Cordoba Initiative, an independent, multi-faith, and multi-national project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations

  1. What is the most exciting book you have read in the last year? What about it captured your imagination?

    The Mobile Wave by Michael Saylor. Saylor discusses how mobile technology and intelligence will affect everything in our lives.  

    The First Muslim
    by Lesley Hazelton. It is a biography of Muhammad written by a Jewish woman, the interfaith component to this book piqued my interest.

  2. What in your view is the greatest challenge facing people of faith today?

    Learning to recognize the eternal Truth of God. And, spirituality in faiths other than their own.  

  3. If you could spend a day with one figure from the sacred texts of the three Abrahamic faiths, who would it be and what would you hope to learn?

    I would like to learn from my Prophet Muhammad and spend a day with him to understand his perspective of other non-Abrahamic faiths. And, to learn how we can recognize the eternal from the contingent in our all our faiths.  

  4. Can you describe the Islam you gave your heart to? What do you consider the essence of being a Muslim?

    Islam means “surrender to God,” a very difficult thing to do. We humans tend to want to teach God his religion. Islam, as described in the Quran, is not exclusively the religion revealed through Prophet Muhammad, but, is, in fact, God’s religion revealed to every prophet sent to all communities on earth.

  5. Your 2012 book, Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America, is another chapter in your life’s work of building bridges between Muslim and western social thought. Where do you see the most promising signs of hope for increased understanding?

    I see it in the many young today who want to see the presence and vision of god in their own experience. That is the basis for creating increased understanding.