Memorial service, prayers for Muhammad Ali at Atlanta mosques

Muhammad Ali delivers a hard right to Jerry Quarry on Oct. 26, 1970, in a scheduled 15 round fight at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta. Ali was declared the winner after Quarry didn’t answer the bell for the fourth round. Quarry had a gash over his left eye that required 11 stitches to close. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.)

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Muhammad Ali delivers a hard right to Jerry Quarry on Oct. 26, 1970, in a scheduled 15 round fight at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta. Ali was declared the winner after Quarry didn’t answer the bell for the fourth round. Quarry had a gash over his left eye that required 11 stitches to close. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.)

Georgians will get a chance to pay their respects to boxing great Muhammad Ali .

An interfaith memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, 560 Fayetteville Rd. S.E.

During the Thursday evening memorial service, participants will discuss what Muhammad Ali’s legacy meant to them. The service is open to the public, although reservations are necessary because of space limitations.

In addition to the memorial service, mosques across Georgia plan to conduct funeral prayers for Ali on Friday between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. after the end of each mosque’s weekly congregational service.

People who are unable to attend Louisville funeral prayer were asked to organize local prayers, called salat al-ghaib, which are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place.

"Muhammad Ali was a hero not only to Muslims, not only to African Americans, not only to athletes but to all people who champion peace and justice," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "He holds a special place in the heart of Atlanta because of his many visits here."

People interested in attending the memorial service should make reservations on Facebook or by emailing info@ga.cair.com.

Participating organizations include AtlantaMuslim.com, CAIR Georgia and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.

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