Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali defends Muslims in response to Donald Trump’s ban plan

  • Ali condemns ‘Islamic jihadists’ in 132-word statement on Wednesday
  • Heavyweight champ calls on political leaders to promote understanding

Muhammad Ali hit out against Islamic extremists and Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States on Wednesday.

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

The Louisville-born boxer, who converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, called on Muslims to “stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda”.

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