NEW YORK (AP) –A summit of Muslim organizations is planned for the weekend in New York City to address the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment linked to a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero.

It wasn’t clear whether the group will emerge with a firm endorsement of the proposed center. The meeting’s primary purpose was to talk about ways to combat religious bigotry.

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Shaik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York said he had a growing sense the that project was being embraced as a cause.

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He said some American Muslims who initially reacted cautiously or with indifference to the center were now rallying around the plan because they felt their faith was under attack.

The meeting will take place as some supporters of the center are encouraging its backers to add prayer space for other religious groups.

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