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ISNA Offers Condolences on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

(Plainfield, IN 06/04/16) Today, with a heavy heart, the Islamic Society of North America offers sincere condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali who was not only a champion of boxing, but he was a champion of social justice. He always stood for justice and truth.
Most famously, in 1967 he raised his voice against the Vietnam War and refused to be drafted. Consequently, he was banned from boxing and stripped of his titles and convicted of draft evasion. Ali's appeal of the conviction went to Supreme Court where it was overturned. Despite the difficulties he faced, Ali remained steadfast and continued to advocate for justice and truth.
In his final public statement last December, Ali addressed the xenophobia and fear-mongering coming from the election cycle. He called upon political leaders to "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."
In a statement, ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:
"We all as Muslims and Americans will miss this champion who was the greatest athlete and boxer of the century and an inspiration to millions around the world."
To God we belong and to Him we return.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
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U.S. Muslim Leaders to Honor Muhammad Ali's Legacy at D.C. News Conference

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 6/4/2016)Later today, representatives of national and local American Muslim organizations will hold a news conference at The Nation's Mosque (Masjid Muhammad) in Washington, D.C., to highlight and honor the legacy of Muhammad Ali, who died last night at a Phoenix-area hospital after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Muhammad Ali: Boxing Legend, Icon, Muslim Pathbreaker, Dead at 74

WHAT: News Conference with American Muslim Leaders to Honor Legacy of Muhammad Ali
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Nation's Mosque (Masjid Muhammad), 1519 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; MPAC Media and Public Affairs Director Rabiah Ahmed, 202-439-1441, Rabiah@mpac.org

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American Muslims Asked to Prepare for Muhammad Ali Funeral Prayer

(Plainfield, IN 06/06/16) A coalition of national American Muslim organizations is asking local communities to make preparations to attend the funeral prayer (salat al-janazah) for Muhammad Ali scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12pm EST at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The service is open to the public. Doors will open at 9am EST. 

Community members are encouraged to use #GenAli on social media to explain how they will continue his legacy.
Communities that are unable to send representatives to the Louisville funeral prayer are being asked to organize local prayers, called salat al-ghaib, which are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place. Those prayers could be offered either before the nightly Ramadan taraweeh or after jummah prayers on Friday.
Yesterday, local and national Muslim leaders held a news conference in Washington, D.C., to honor the legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Later this week, a suggested sermon (khutba) outlining Muhammad Ali's importance to the American Muslim community and to the way Islam is viewed in our nation will be distributed to Islamic prayer leaders (imams) who will conduct the normal congregational prayers (jummah) this Friday.


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