Capitol Hill Honor for Muslim Hero

CAIRO – New York’s young Muslim hero who defended a group of Jewish subway passengers from a racist attack is being honored with an invitation to attend President George Bush’s State of the Union address at Capitol Hill. “He was as excited as we were in inviting him,” Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York told the New York Post on Thursday, January 24. “He immediately said, ‘Yes, I would love to be there.'” Bangladeshi-born Hassan Askari, 20, was thrust into the spot light in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Queens, last month after he saved four Jews from a racist attack aboard the Q train running between Manhattan and Brooklyn.