Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016

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Today, the Muslim American Society (MAS) joins millions across the globe in mourning the legendary three-time heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali.

Ali, arguably the most famous boxer in history, was also well known for his social, political and religious views against racism and war. A practicing Muslim, Ali was vocal against the Vietnam War, and was consequently convicted and stripped of his boxing titles for refusing to be drafted into the army, making him a conscientious objector, and an icon for the anti war generation. On this matter, Ali has said: “I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

In a statement, MAS Executive Director Mazen Mokhtar said, “Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in an unjust war, his principled stance, his ability to inspire, and definitely his journey to Islam have left an important, positive imprint on the American consciousness and on the consciousness of people all over the world.” Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Muhammad Ali, truly to we belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return.

The Muslim American Society is a dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural and educational organization. Its mission is to move people to strive for God consciousness, liberty, and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity.

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