A portrait of Muhammad Ali is displayed next to a pair of boxing gloves at the I Am Ali Festival at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, in Louisville, June 8, 2016.
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Updated: June 9, 2016 12:58 PM ET | Originally published: June 9, 2016 10:57 AM EDT

Muslims from all over the world will honor Muhammad Ali in a prayer service Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

Over 14,000 people will attend the service at the Freedom Hall at 12 p.m. ET.

The Jenazah prayer service is open to all, but organizers say it is meant especially as a chance for Muslims to mourn and remember Ali.

Ali died last Friday at 74. As a young athlete, he joined the Nation of Islam, the black separatist religious movement. Years later, he embraced mainstream Islam and became a global representative of his faith.

The service will last 15 to 20 minutes and is comprised of four recitations of “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great,” as well as silent prayers between a reading from the Koran, a blessing for Abraham, a general prayer for the deceased and a prayer for everyone at the funeral.


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