WESTBURY - As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nears, Muslim leaders at the Islamic Center of Long Island say the actions of a few are still affecting the world's perception of what it means to be Muslim.

The chairman of the board at the center, Habeeb Ahmed, says Muslims today face new challenges.  He says he belongs to a community that is still trying to get the world to understand Islam in the post-Sept. 11 era.

Ahmed says, "Many times many different communities do not know about Islam and Muslims- what we believe and what we stand for. Of course we have our share of bad apples, but by and large it's a very peaceful community."

The Islamic Center says it is commemorating Sept. 11 with a service at the Long Island Muslim Society in East Meadow.

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