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Published:September 21st, 2009 19:52 EST
 Muslim congressman will speak in Riverside

Muslim congressman will speak in Riverside

By SOP newswire2

The nation`s first Muslim congressman will speak in Riverside on Sunday during prayers for Eid ul-Fitr, which celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will attend Eid prayer services at the Riverside Convention Center and make brief remarks. The annual event last year attracted several thousand people "

Ellison`s election has been used by American officials to show foreign Muslims that the country is not hostile to Islam. President Barack Obama referred to Ellison`s use of the Quran to take the oath of office in a June speech in Cairo that was designed to strengthen U.S. relations with the world`s Muslims.

Corona`s Hussam Ayloush, who will deliver Sunday`s Eid sermon, said Ellison is a source of inspiration and hope for Muslims, especially those who believe they are treated as second-class citizens.

"He`s living proof that once people get to know Muslims, they can have friendship, respect and partnership with them on all matters that bring benefit to people in our country," said Ayloush, executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It reassures American Muslims they are...equal citizens in their own country."

Source: CAIR