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Muslim Critic of Ground Zero Mosque Says She’s Being Threatened by Property’s Owner

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Posted on August 17 2010 9:30 pm
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You may recall Raheel Raza, the Canadian Muslim who spoke out against the construction of the Ground Zero mosque on “The O’Reilly Factor” and through other media outlets.

Today, she tells reporters she is being threatened by a fellow Muslim for her outspoken remarks:

Last week Raza joined Maureen Basnicki, a Canadian widow of 9-11 in attending a meeting about the mosque in New York City.

They were very arrogant. They didn’t answer questions,” Raza told QMI Agency.

The meeting was hosted by Daisy Khan, the wife of the Imam promoting the mosque and Sharif El Gamal, the man whose property firm owns the land the mosque is to be built on.

Raza says she asked questions about who was financing the building, estimated to cost $100 million, and whether any of the money would come from countries other than the United States. There has been much speculation that the mosque is being funded through Saudi Arabian sources but at the Manhattan meeting Raza said there were no answers.

On Monday, back in Toronto, Raza says she received a call on her cellphone from a man who identified as Sharif El Gamal. “His tone was intimidating,” said Raza. “He accused me of ‘jumping into’ the meeting he called and then said ‘May Allah protect you.’ I was shocked and hung up.”

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The number on Raza’s cellphone matches that of El Gamal’s Soho Properties offices in New York.

Reporter Brian Lilley has the rest of the story.

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