AL: MUSLIM MINISTER LEADS PRAYER IN ALABAMA HOUSE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Muslim minister gave the opening prayer Thursday in the Alabama House.
Kareem Abdullah, imam of the Birmingham Islamic Center, prayed for Alabama to prosper as the House was coming into session. Ministers from across the state, mostly from Christian churches, come to the microphone to pray at the start of each day's session, just before House members say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Abdullah was invited by Rep. Yusuf Salaam, D-Selma, the only Muslim member of the Legislature.
Salaam said he invited Abdullah because he feels it's important to show legislators and other Alabama residents that most Muslims are "sane, sober-minded people," and not terrorists or against America.
"Most Muslims are God-fearing people with much in common with this country," Salaam said.