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Fighting Fire With Food

When a Florida pastor threatened to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Qur’an on September 11, he probably didn’t expect that his hateful display would result in such good. In response to the pastor’s threats, the Islamic Center of Long

Island donated almost 4,000 food items to the Long Island Council of Churches and the food pantry at St. Brigid’s Church. It took a little over a week for the center to pass their intital goal of 3,000 items, and collect nonperishables which included cookies and soups.


At a small ceremony on September 11, religious leaders gathered to celebrate the peaceful response and remember the tragic events of 12 years ago.


“It’s a happy event on a sad day,” Faroque Khan, one of the founding members of ICLI said. “Sometimes people in the world get emotional and react in a way that’s not appropriate and create more problems. The Muslims of Long Island decided collectively to respond to this event which creates anger, with goodness.” 


“We need the food and this is a great way to help your neighbors in need,” Tom Goodhue from the Long Island Council of Churches said.“I’m grateful that the members of this mosque are able to tell the difference between Christians who know God is love, and heretics.”  


“The center has responded with almost 4,000 acts of kindess. It’s not just a gesture, but really enhances peoples lives. This is a true commemoration as we see our faiths coming together for acts of beauty,” Rabbi Menashe Bovit, from the Bellrose Jewish Center said.