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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:18

Muhammad Ali converted 20 lakh Americans to Islam

World Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali told a number of times that the happiest moments of his life was when he embraced Islam.

Although several phases came in the life of Philanthropist Muhammad Ali but the turning point in his life came in 1964 when he was on the peak of the fame.

That year he received the world champion honour for the first time and also announced his reversion to Islam.

Thus “Cassius Marcellus Clay” said goodbye to his past and launched a new phase of life with his new name “Muhammad Ali”. A Muslim who was ready to give all his best and willing to spend his wealth in the way of his religion.

Mohammed Tamashi in his book “Acceptance of Islam by great personalities and thinkers’ writes regarding Muhammad Ali Clay’s reversion to Islam “In 1964 in Florida for the first time I heard that God is one. I was shocked to hear this. And that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet and Jesus is one of God’s prophets.

This was new to me and this cast a great effect on me. I found peace and truth after accepting Islam.

I learned to pray, fast, and strengthened relationship with Allah. And then I determined to invite people to the true religion of Islam.

By the Grace of Allah I converted more than 20 lakh Americans to Islam.

I allocated my annual income (which is about $ 20 crore) for Islam.

My wife and children won’t inherit from that. I converted my palace into a large masjid and centre for Quranic education.

Besides that I started construction of the largest masjid in Chicago and this masjid will be an Islamic centre.

These days I am distributing Islamic books freely among Muslims in the United States”.

In an interview Muhammad Ali had said “soon I will become older and I may face death any time. Allah (swt) has made me the best player in the world and the most famous person; hence I will utilise the extraordinary popularity Allah has blessed me, to spread the teachings of Islam and fight against the crimes, like alcoholism, drugs and prostitution “.

One occasion speaking about the rising trend of terrorism, extremism and Islamophobia, he said “I am a Muslim and there is no place for killing of innocent people in Islam either in Paris or any place of the world. True Muslims know that violence is against the fundamental principles of our religion. ”

World renowned boxer Muhammad Ali  died late on Friday at Phoenix-area hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona. He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease he was suffering since 1984. Muhammed Ali, who won World Heavyweight Championship thrice, was buried in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky where he was born 74 years ago.

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Calgary Muslim community remembers Muhammad Ali as great ambassador of the religion

He was always stood up for human rights, for dignity of human life, for social justice for all

CALGARY - Members of Calgary's Muslim community remembered Muhammad Ali on Sunday as a great champion of their religion, human rights, and social justice.

Imam Syed Soharwardy said he organized the Calgary service because Ali was part of the global Muslim family and was a great ambassador for the religion.

"He was our brother who always stood up for human rights, for dignity of human life, for social justice for all," said Soharwardy.

He said he met Ali in 1993 in Saudi Arabia and saw how the former boxer made Muslims proud of their faith.

"I saw him personally inspiring Muslims," said Soharwardy. "He was a great and true ambassador of Islam, who has inspired Muslim youth around the world."

He said the Calgary memorial was also a way to remind Muslim youth, who made up most of the gathering at the mosque, of how Ali inspired a generation.

Fifteen-year-old Hassaan Rizvi said Ali helped him refocus his faith and was a role model both as a boxer and a Muslim.

"Muhammad Ali he became my inspiration because he says I want to preach my religion, I want to make my God happy. I want to know my religion better. That's what he did."

Rizvi, who is a volunteer at the mosque, said he was glad to have been able to participate in the ceremony.

"This was very important for me because I was a very very big fan of Muhammad Ali," he said.

The message of Ali's importance was also passed on to some of the younger kids who attended.

Asked what he knew of Ali, seven-year-old Hasan Noonari said "he was a person that was really good to our religion, and he was a really good boxer, and he died at the age of 74."

Elsewhere in Canada Muhammad Ali's death was marked with a traditional 10-bell salute in boxing rings in Montreal and Victoria Saturday night.

Ali's funeral will be held Friday in his hometown Louisville, Kentucky.

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