Race, Social Justice

30 illuminating things Muhammad Ali said about Islam in his lifetime

It's been a year since he passed away, yet his faith is already being erased from his name.

Muhammad Ali is an American legend, no question about it, and his legacy is still in our memories today. However, Authentic Brands Group, a licensing company that currently manages his brand posthumously is straight up avoiding the topic of his religion. This wouldn’t be too big of a problem if religion was only a marginal aspect of his life, but it wasn’t. The Muhammad Ali we remember today was wholly Muslim, and to erase that part of his identity would be historically inaccurate.

The importance of Islam in his life is evidenced by how vocal he was about God and his beliefs. Here are some of his greatest quotes to remind you that his religion should not be erased from his legacy.

1. “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.”

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2. “Everything I do now, I do to please Allah…Being a true Muslim is the most important thing in the world to me. It means more to me than being black or being American.”

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3. “Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.”

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4. “The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.”

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5. “My principles are more important than the money or my title.”

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6. “The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.”

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7. “I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the Day of Judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.”

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8. “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

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9. “I’m no leader; I’m a little, humble follower.”

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10. “My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.”

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11. “My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favorites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ They contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.”

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12. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

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13. “Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.”

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14. “The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.”

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15. “I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so-called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.”

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16. “I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.”

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17. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.”

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18. “What’s really hurting me – the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence. Islam is not a killer religion, Islam means peace. I couldn’t just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem.”

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19. “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.”

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20. “Allah has power over all things. If you believe in Him, even George Foreman gonna look like a baby.”

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21. “I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim for 20 years. I’m against killing and violence, and all Muslims are against it. People should know the real truth about Islam. You know me. I’m a boxer. I’ve been called the greatest of all time. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth. I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it was really like terrorists make it look. I think all people should know the truth, come to recognize the truth because Islam is peace. I’m against killing and the terrorists, and the people doing that in the name of Islam, are wrong, and if I had a chance I would do something about it.”

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22. “I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.”

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23. “The day I met Islam, I found a power within myself that no man could destroy or take away. When I first walked into the mosque, I didn’t find Islam…it found me.”

 

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24. “I have one bodyguard. He has no eyes though He sees. He has no ears though He hears. He remembers everything with the aid of mind and memory. When He wishes to create a thing, He just orders it to be and it comes into existence, but this order does not convey the words which take the tongue to form like our sound carries ears. He hears the secrets of those on the quiet thoughts. He’s my bodyguard. He’s your bodyguard. He’s the Supreme, the Wise.”

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25. “Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer.”

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26. “My health is in the hands of Allah, who has ways of testing us. Whatever happens, happens. I am not the greatest, it’s Allah. I gave myself a job. I work for God.”

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27. “God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.”

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28. “God gave me Parkinson’s syndrome to show me I’m not ‘The Greatest’ – he is. God gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not Number One; He is.”

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29. “Every step of the way I believe that God has been with me. And, more than ever, I know that He is with me now. I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road.”

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30. “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”

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