(ATLANTA, GA,Â 6/5/16) â€“ On Thursday, June 9,Â Georgia's Muslim community plans toÂ hold an interfaith memorial service (6 p.m.)Â for Muhammad AliÂ at the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Georgia's oldest Muslim house of worship.
In addition to the memorial service, mosques across Georgia plan to conduct funeral prayers for the renowned athlete and humanitarianÂ on FridayÂ after each mosque's weekly congregational service, which begin between 1:45 and 2:00 pm, and endÂ betweenÂ 2:30 and 3:00 pm.Â
The funeralÂ prayers, calledÂ â€œsalatÂ al-ghaibâ€ (sa-lat all-guy-ib), are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place.
“One of Muhammad Ali's many iconic moments occurred when he lit the 1996 Olympic flame here in Atlanta,” event organizers said. “It is only fitting that AtlantaÂ Muslims unite with our neighbors of all backgrounds to thank God for Muhammad Ali.”
During theÂ ThursdayÂ evening memorial service, Georgians from diverse communities plan to discuss what Muhammad Ali's legacy means to them.
“Muhammad Ali spoke out against racism and war. He stood up for faith and reconciliation,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “He was a role modelâ€”not onlyÂ for Muslims, African-Americans, andÂ athletes, but for all people who champion peace and justice.”
“He was a hero to all of us and he gave all of usÂ hope in the future,” said Rev. Dr. Fahed AbuÂ Akel,Â a Palestinian Christian who met Ali in Atlanta. “He loved his family. He loved his faith in God. He loved living. He loved the community and gaveÂ his time to raise money for great causes all over America and around the world.”
Georgians interested in attending the memorial service at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam should RSVPÂ on FacebookÂ or by emailingÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Participating Organizations Include:
* CAIR Georgia
* Council of Masajid (Mosques) of Metropolitan Atlanta
* Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta
* Roswell Community Masjid
CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell;Â 404-285-9530;Â email@example.com