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MUSLIM PRAYER MAY BE A FIRST

The House chaplain's office says it may be a first, although records are incomplete.

The daily prayer of the House was offered Tuesday by a Muslim clergyman.Siraj Wahaj, the Imam of Masjid al Taqwa in Brooklyn, N.Y., prayed and called on God to "guide the leaders of this nation . . . and grant them righteousness and wisdom."

Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., said he sponsored the Muslim prayer at the request of several Muslim and Arab groups. Rahall, whose grandparents were born in Lebanon, said he was glad to do it.

The event, he said, was timed as closely as possible to last week's Id al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice commemorating Abraham's offering of his son.