A Muslim chaplain has delivered the opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives, an honor few Muslim clergy get.
Abdullah Antepli of Duke University in North Carolina served as a guest chaplain Wednesday, at the invitation of Representative David Price, a North Carolina Democrat.
He prayed for God to guide members of Congress and enable them to serve citizens of the country and all humanity, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion.
Duke University says Antepli, who was born in Turkey, is only one of a few full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. It says his work focuses on religious leadership for Duke's Muslim community, pastoral care and counseling for people of any faith or belief, and intra- and interfaith work.