Muhammad Ali: Inspirational Figure Worldwide
“Conservative Muslims loved that he became a Muslim, and people on the left loved that he defied the establishment,” said Munther Dajani, a professor of political science at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem.
The American champion was held up as paragon for emulation in mosques as well as in the Arab street. Neighborhood imams would invoke his sayings in sermons and cite him as a person of faith and principle.
Ali was an inspiration throughout the Muslim world, and was held in high regard by public figures across the political spectrum in the U.S. (though that was not always the case), truly an exceptional feat.
The world was a better place with Muhammad Ali.