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The Life of Muhammad Ali

On the anniversary of Muhammad Ali's death, we remember how one of the greatest athletes of all time took a stand for civil rights and trailblazed for Muslim-Americans. 🦋🐝

Meet Muhammad Ali

Cassius was born in segregated Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. He began to box at age 12, after reporting the theft of his bike to a police officer who happened to be a boxing trainer. At 18, Clay already had two national Golden Glove titles and on February 25, 1964, Clay achieved his dream of winning the Heavyweight title, after defeating Sonny Liston. But at the press conference the next morning, Clay stunned the world by announcing his conversion to Islam. He had developed a friendship with civil rights icon and Nation Of Islam leader Malcolm X. By March, Cassius Clay was Muhammad Ali.

After defending his title 8 times, Ali was drafted up to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, which he refused on religious grounds. Ali was fined sentenced to prison and banned from boxing for three years. He became a huge anti-war activist before his boxing license was reinstated in 1970.

In 1974, a 32-year-old Ali defeated the 25-year-old defending heavyweight George Foreman in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, reclaiming his stripped title. He retired from boxing in 1981. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome limiting his motor skills, movement, and speech. But he continued humanitarian advocacy, meeting with Saddam Hussein in 1990 to negotiate release of American hostages.

Ali was crowned Sportsman of the Century by the BBC in 1999, given the Philadelphia Liberty Medal. and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. He died on June 3, 2016, a sports legend and civil rights icon.

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06/03/2019 2:00 PM

100 comments

  • David V.
    04/17/2020 17:16

    Muhammad Ali must be the most stupid person ever. He changed his name because he believed it belonged to a slave owner. In fact Cassius Clay was a staunch abolitionist and fought hard to abolish slavery. Muhammad and his son Ali were not. They had slaves. They contributed to the slave trade. They also mocked the black man.

  • Keths T.
    03/03/2020 09:02

    Miss you brother

  • Todorputu G.
    07/21/2019 17:06

    Greatest of All Times

  • Tahseen K.
    07/15/2019 01:15

    Incorrect not solely about religion, the US powers were Oppressing Black People Segregation is Apartheid. He said What did the Vietnamese do to me? Nothing ...Whereas the US Oppresses him and his people....So why should he go and kill Brown/ Asian people. Fair point! Treating him like nothing when he won his Olympic Medal. In Anger he threw it in a River or something. Unjust history, he stood up to with other great Americans of all walks or life and colours. May God Bless All who have suffered tragic and fatal racism!

  • Omar A.
    07/13/2019 18:24

    The Greatest not without a reason

  • Sirajul H.
    07/11/2019 15:44

    An example of what a sports celebrity can do. God bless him with paradise.

  • Harshit M.
    07/11/2019 04:08

    he is 🐖 nothing else

  • Kenneth R.
    07/10/2019 18:51

    YOU ARE TRULY THE GREATEST, YOU ARE TRULY MISSED MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!

  • Fahad A.
    07/09/2019 07:50

    Not clay but Mohammad Ali

  • Roger E.
    07/08/2019 21:37

    A draft dodger and a coward

  • Rich M.
    07/08/2019 18:42

    Truly the greatest

  • Robert K.
    07/07/2019 03:57

    Greatest example of pride and arrogance. One crazy racist bugger.

  • Johnson J.
    07/06/2019 20:50

    CONVICTION IN THE TRUEST SENSE!

  • Khup L.
    07/05/2019 20:40

    You lost your soul ate the end.

  • Anthony L.
    07/05/2019 12:32

    Wow!

  • Zia M.
    07/05/2019 08:52

    difference bw dictator and true Muslim... If Islam is basic... so as the social justice and human rights....!

  • Jake E.
    07/04/2019 20:10

    Allah is the greateat. . . .

  • Amar S.
    07/04/2019 18:30

    ❤❤❤

  • Trina N.
    07/03/2019 03:32

    Rip handsome man (Nadia)

  • Fadeela K.
    06/29/2019 20:45

    RIP Mohd Ali😪😪

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