The Imam And The FDNY
Imam Intikab Habib was to be sworn in as the new chaplain of the New York City Fire Department. However, last Thursday in an interview with Newsday, he
stated doubts about who was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, saying conflicting reports left him wondering if it was 19 hijackers or some larger conspiracy that brought the towers down.After his comments appeared in the newspaper, Habib stepped down; hours before the swearing in ceremony. There are some who do not think that these comments are inappropriate:
Habib's comments, unseemly as they may have been to some, should not be completely dismissed, said Ghazi Khankan, an Islamic affairs consultant from Westbury. "What happened to freedom of speech?" said Khankan, adding that Habib's comments should not have rendered him jobless. "If he has a political opinion, it should not effect his work or his position. Before we condemn, we must investigate ... question the Imam further as to why does he believe this to be so."Yes, opinions are good, but propaganda is not.
Khankan said there are many other people, in the Middle East and in America, who question the conclusions of 9/11.
"I hope this will create a movement to call for further investigation into the tragedy of 9/11 ... people can fume," Khankan said, "but opinions are good because they can bring solutions if they are aired and discussed."