“It’s hard to give below $100 to a family to help.”
Mr Flynn and Vinnies diocesan president Noel Sweeney accepted the cheque at the Muslim association’s event.
Mr Sweeney said it was the first time he had ever heard of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a sect of Islam that rejects terrorism and “jihad by the sword”.
“Both Peter Flynn and I as well as many others there were very impressed by the commitment and passion of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in reaching out and extending the hand of friendship to all non-Muslims in their community,” Mr Sweeney said.
“This is somewhat different from the view that I previously held in that I considered Muslims to be isolationists and not wanting to be part of the community as a whole.
“There is no doubt about their genuineness.”
Mr Sweeney thanked the Ahmadi Muslim leaders for their donation, which will be used to support hundreds of people doing it tough in Jimboomba.
Imam Ahmed Nadeem, of Stockleigh, said each year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association donated money to one charity “to make bridges”.
He said all donations should be used to help the poor.
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