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CAIR MUSLIM COMMUNITY ADVISORY – American Muslims Asked to Prepare for Muhammad Ali Funeral Prayer

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C, 6/5/2016) – A coalition of national American Muslim organizations is asking local communities to make preparations to attend the funeral prayer (salat al-janazah) for Muhammad Ali scheduled to be offered at noon Thursday in Louisville, Ky. (Community members are encouraged to use #GenAli on social media to explain how they will continue his legacy.)

The location of the prayer will be announced as plans are finalized.

Communities that are unable to send representatives to the Louisville funeral prayer are being asked to organize local prayers, called “salat al-ghaib†(sa-lat all-guy-ib), which are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place. Those prayers could be offered either before the nightly Ramadan taraweeh or after jummah prayers on Friday. (SEE SAMPLE MEDIA ADVISORY BELOW: Georgia Muslims to Hold Interfaith Memorial Service, Funeral Prayers for Muhammad Ali)

MEDIA NOTE: American Muslim leaders will hold a news conference in Louisville, Ky., just prior to the funeral prayers to highlight the historic impact of Muhammad Ali’s life and to explain Islamic funeral practices. (SEE BELOW: Backgrounder: Islamic Funeral Practices)

Yesterday, local and national Muslim leaders held a news conference in Washington, D.C., to honor the legacy of Muhammad Ali

Video: U.S. Muslim Leaders Honor Muhammad Ali's Legacy at D.C. News Conference in front of Masjid Muhammad

Muslim Leaders at DC Mosque Remember Muhammad Ali    

Later this week, a suggested sermon (khutba) outlining Muhammad Ali’s importance to the American Muslim community and to the way Islam is viewed in our nation will be distributed to Islamic prayer leaders (imams) who will conduct the normal congregational prayers (jummah) this Friday.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; MPAC Media and Public Affairs Director Rabiah Ahmed, 202-439-1441,

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