Religious Groups Target Poverty

September 25, 2008

Author: Harold McNeil

Source: The Buffalo News

Members of the three Abrahamic faiths and other religious traditions broke bread together and endeavored to collectively address local poverty during an event Wednesday in the Islamic Society and Mosque, 745 Heim Road, Getzville.

The third annual “Tent of Abraham” coincides with the Muslim observance of Ramadan, a monthlong period of daily fasting. The aim, according to Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, is to invite those of other faith traditions to join local Muslims in collecting nonperishable food items and cash donations for distribution to the area’s needy through the Food Pantry of Western New York and Viva La Casa.

“The Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York started this two years ago to bring all faiths together under one roof to share the blessings of Ramadan with everyone,” Qazi said.

“But at the same time, we also felt there was a need in the community that should be addressed simultaneously,” he added.

See also: Interfaith, Civic