Muhammad Ali (non-troll thread)

  • mwolverine

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    Jun 06, 2016 11:41 PM GMT
    Ali was a great man in his own right, but that doesn't make him an expert on everything or mean his political opinions were correct.
    For example, in his younger years he made many Anti-semitic statements, though later in life accepted his daughter who married a Jew and enjoyed his grandson's Bar Mitzvah.

    Indeed, Ali left the radical Nation of Islam for Sunni Islam, later adopting Sufism. Thus in 2004 he would write - echoing comments made as early as 1996:

    Over the years my religion has changed and my spirituality has evolved. Religion and spirituality are very different, but people often confuse the two. Some things cannot be taught, but they can be awakened in the heart. Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn’t belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone. We all have the same God, we just serve him differently…It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children.

    (On that last note, I'm not sure what his views were on gay rights.)

    CBS 60 Minutes Interview:

    On the lighter side:

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    Jun 07, 2016 3:58 AM GMT

    What I remember most for some reason was when doctors announced that his Parkinson's was caused by boxing. I never did think that the sport was a very good idea. Always bothered me to see it.

    I was a bit young to know much of him when he was politically active especially during the Vietnam War but I do remember him from my youth as being a part of all that. I just hadn't realized what part. Reading up on that now is real interesting. Fascinating guy for sure.

    I definitely didn't remember but find interesting his relationship with Malcolm X, whose writings I've studied, especially his speeches.

    Also didn't know he was into Sufism, which I've also studied quite a bit.

    I'll have to read more about him. Certainly was a good looking guy.