Two criticize Islamic prayer at NC city council meeting

Two criticize Islamic prayer at NC city council meeting

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) - Two people at a city council meeting in North Carolina criticized an opening prayer by an Islamic cleric who did not use English.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports that Shaik Fazailahmed of the Islamic Center of Eastern North Carolina was invited by a councilman to pray and recited and chanted Arabic prayers at a Greenville City Council meeting on Dec. 14.

One person, Dave Barham, asked for a transcript, saying he had "no idea what that prayer was asking for."

Another resident, James Harris, told the cleric to speak English and not to use Muslim prayers, which he described as "degrading."

Fazailahmed apologized and provided a copy of his prayer in English and read it. The translation asked God to bless those in attendance and provide wisdom and guidance.

Information from: The Daily Reflector, http://www.reflector.com

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