“Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer”: Muhammad Ali’s top 12 quotes on Islam

“Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer”: Muhammad Ali’s top 12 quotes on Islam
Muhammad Ali1942-2016

Muhammad Ali, who has died aged 74, was never short of something to say about the religion of Islam. Here are his 12 greatest quotes on Islam:

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

2. “Islam is a religion of peace. It does not promote terrorism or killing people”.

3. “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.”

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

5. “I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim for 20 years… You know me. I’m a boxer. I’ve been called the greatest. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth. I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it were terrorist…I think all people should know the truth, come to recognize the truth. Islam is peace.”

6. “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.”

7. “What’s really hurting me – the name Islam is involved [in 9/11 attacks], 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.”

8. “People say a Muslim caused this destruction [9/11]. I am angry that the world sees a certain group of Islam followers who caused this destruction, but they are not real Muslims. They are racist fanatics who call themselves Muslims, permitting this murder of thousands.”

9. “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.”

10. “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 takes the tongue to form like our sound carries ears. He hears the secrets of those on the quite thoughts. He stops those whom, who is that? That’s God Allah. He’s my bodyguard. He’s your bodyguard. He’s the Supreme, the Wise.”

11. “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.”

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

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