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CAIR-FL Chief Executive Director, Hassan Shibly led memorial and service for the late Muhammad Ali

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TAMPA, FL 6/10/2016) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announced that the Tampa Muslim community held a memorial service and funeral prayers for the late Muhammad Ali after the weekly Friday congressional services at the Islamic Society of New Tampa Mosque. The memorial and service was led led by civil rights attorney and Chief Executive Director of CAIR-FL, Hassan Shibly.

The funeral prayers, called "salat al-ghaib" (sa-lat all-guy-ib), are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place among other prayers. 

Members of the public we encouraged to attend, and media were encouraged to cover this event and interview community members on the impact Muhammad Ali still has today.




"Muhammad Ali had a special relationship with Florida. It was here where he became heavyweight champion of the world, and it was here he announced his conversion to the Nation of Islam. At a time of a sharp increase in Islamophobia plaguing our nation, the legacy of Muhammad Ali can help remind America of the tremendous role and impact American Muslims have had and play in our great nation. I urge Americans of all races and religions to join us in reflecting over the legacy of our courageous champion of justice, civil rights, and humanity," said Hassan Shibly, CAIR-Florida's Chief Executive Director.

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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