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14,000 expected to attend service for Muhammad Ali

Posted at 9:10 AM, Jun 09, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nearly 14,000 people are expected to be in Louisville, Kentucky, Thursday for a Muslim prayer service to honor Muhammad Ali.

Organizers say the service, or Jenazah prayer, is open to all, but meant especially as a chance for Muslims to say goodbye to a man considered a hero of the faith. It will be streamed live online.

U.S. Muslims hope the service for the Kentucky native will help underscore that Islam, so much under attack in recent months, is fully part of American life.

Ali  joined the Nation of Islam, the black separatist religious movement, as a young athlete, then embraced mainstream Islam years later, becoming a global representative of the faith and an inspiration to other Muslims.