Image: Women gather to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville

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Muhammad Ali Remembered by Thousands in Muslim Funeral

Funeral ceremonies for Muhammad Ali began Thursday with a Muslim prayer service in the Kentucky hometown of the beloved boxing legend.

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Image: Salma adjusts the headscarf of her sister Layla ahead of the jenazah for Muhammad Ali in Louisville

Salma Selenica, 12, left, adjusts the headscarf of her sister Layla, 8, ahead of the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016.
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Image: Islamic Funeral Prayer Program Held For Muhammad Ali In Louisville

A Muslim reads the Quran after arriving for the prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The service was held for the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74.
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Image: A man prays ahead of funeral prayer for Muhammad Ali in Louisville

A man prays ahead of the jenazah for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
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An estimated 14,000 people, representing many races and creeds, attended the jenazah, where Ali was repeatedly feted as "the people's champion."
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Image: People take part at the jenazah, an islamic prayer service for the late Muhammad Ali at Freedom Hall in Louisville

People wait to take part at the jenazah, an Islamic prayer service for the late Muhammad Ali at Freedom Hall in at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
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Image: Worshipers and well-wishers take photographs as the casket with the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville

Worshipers and well-wishers take photographs as the casket encasing the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his Islamic funeral prayer service.
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A Muslim man watches the ceremonial prayer service for Muhammad Ali. In the 1970s, Ali converted to Sunni Islam, the largest Muslim denomination worldwide. Late in life he embraced Sufism, a mystical school of the faith.
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Muhammad Ali's second wife Khalilah Camacho-Ali, left, his fourth wife Lonnie Ali, center, and daughter Laila Ali, right, holding a grandchild, attend the service along with thousands of fans and admirers. Ali and his family planned his funeral for 10 years, making sure it would honor his Muslim faith while also adapting to the demands of Western media-driven culture.
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Image: Men hold hands ahead of funeral prayer for Muhammad Ali in Louisville

Men hold hands at of the jenazah for the late boxing champion.
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Image: Turkish President Erdogan arrives to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives to take part in the jenazah on Thursday, June 9. Luminaries including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal will attend Friday's event, at the KFC Yum Center.
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Image: Women gather to take part in the jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, for the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville

Nahed Ahmed Zeead, center, 51, of Iraq, takes part in the jenazah.
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People visit a makeshift memorial to boxing legend Muhammad Ali outside the Muhammad Ali Center June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A procession and multi-faith memorial service are scheduled for Friday.
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