I must admit, whatever I write won’t do justice to boxer, Muslim, activist, role model – Muhammad Ali. Infact, it was only recently I took an interest in his life and wondered who he was? Who is this man that shares my religion and loves Allah so much and is loved by millions worldwide?
Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If Allah loves someone He calls (angel) Jibreel and says: ‘I love so-and-so, so you love him.’ Jibreel loves him and calls the other angels in Heaven to love that person. They love him, then his love is made upon earth, and he becomes loved.
What I admire most about Muhammad Ali is that he was a proud Muslim who never shied away from his identity. He was a slave of Allah, a man who lived in such a way that even when strangers heard about him, their hearts were moved by the life he lived. Non Muslims and Muslims alike have sincere respect, admiration and love for Muhammad Ali.
There are so many quotes to choose from that would illustrate Muhammad’s love and passion for his Deen. My personal favourite is:
“Everything I do now, I do to please Allah. I conquered the world and it didn’t bring me true happiness. The only true satisfaction comes from honouring and worshipping God. Time passes quick… 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. I can’t save other people’s soul , only God can do that. But I can try to save mine.”
SubhanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi.
From the charities and people he helped, to the suicidal man he helped to talk out of jumping, everything he done was for Allah. His etiquette and courage as a Muslim came from his belief and submission to Allah. As a Muslim nothing comes before Allah. Anyone can believe in Allah but it takes a strong person to put Allah first in his thoughts, actions and feelings. To be Muslim means to be a good human being & the best of human beings was RasullAllah sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam. My role model. Muhammad Ali’s role model and the epitome of what is a Muslim?
The real man is the one who fears the death of his heart and not his body.
— Ibn Al-Qayyim.
Reflect for a moment, Muhammad Ali may have been expecting to live to see Ramdhan, yet look how close he was to it and Allah took him away. This should serve as a great reminder and benefit to all of us, to live to see the month of Ramadhan is a great blessing in of itself. May Allah reward him and grant him Jannah for being an immense icon, role model and inspiration for an entire generation.
O Allah Al Kareem!
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. May Allah Forgive him and have mercy on him and grant him peace and pardon him. Admit him into Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of the Fire.