NYC mosque`s Imam getting death threats: Wife

Daisy Khan says moderate Muslims must lead the fight against extremists.

Updated: Oct 04, 2010, 12:16 PM IST

New York: The wife of an Imam planning an Islamic community centre and mosque near ground zero says she and her husband have received death threats.

Daisy Khan said on Sunday the lives of her and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf are "under threat". Police can`t confirm the threats.

Khan was part of a discussion of Islam on ABC television`s "This Week" news program.

She says moderate Muslims like her must lead the fight against extremists. She says if moderates are branded extremists they`ll be thrown into the arms of al Qaeda.

Developer Sharif El-Gamal has released preliminary sketches of the Islamic centre. He says groundbreaking is probably two to three years away.

Opponents say the centre should be farther away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Centre on September 11. Supporters say religious freedom should be protected.