‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Owner Now Plans Islamic Museum

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

The developer who once outraged many Americans with his proposal to build a mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero now plans a museum devoted to Islam at the site.

Sharif El-Gamal said through a spokesman he wants to build a three-story museum “dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.” He commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel to design a 5,000-square-foot museum, which would also include a sanctuary for Islamic prayer services and community programs.

Spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said El-Gamal would initially finance it himself and hoped to find other benefactors.