CHICAGO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The Islamic Society of North America is urging President Bush to attend its convention in Chicago to help improve the U.S. image in the Muslim world.
The group, which will hold its convention over the Labor Day weekend, says top Bush aide Karen Hughes is planning to attend.
But its leaders say Bush's presence would show the world's 1.2 billion Muslims the United States truly respects and honors Islam, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"If he really wants to make a difference, a real impact, he should come himself," ISNA Secretary-General Sayyid Syeed said.
He said the heavily attended convention would give the president a platform to show his support for law-abiding Muslims who denounce extremism and terrorism.
The White House has not commented on the invitation. ISNA recently joined other Muslims in the nation endorsing a fatwa, or religious decree, against acts of violence carried out in the name of religion, the report said.