The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center says the imam who has been the public face of the project will be playing a reduced role.
The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to lead religious programing. It says co-founder Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will focus on other initiatives.
Rauf announced late this fall that he is starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths.
He is starting a national speaking tour Saturday in Detroit.
Park51 said Rauf would remain on the Islamic center’s board. It says the group needed someone who could be more focused on local matters.
The group named New York City imam Abdullah Adhami as its new senior adviser.