America woke up today to the news that boxing legend Muhammad Ali died on Friday at the age of 74. A socially and politically controversial figure in his youth, Ali never stopped fighting against bigotry and injustice even as he suffered from advanced Parkinson’s.
On December 9, 2015, just a few days after Donald Trump made his now infamous comments about banning all Muslims from entering the United States, Ali released a statement to NBC. As eloquent out of the ring as he was in it, Ali landed one last knock out blow and he never even bothered to mention Trump’s name. And he did it in only 132 words.
I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.
We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.
Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should 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.
Trump, for his part, is completely clueless about how little Ali thought of him as he tweeted out this morning:
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
As a friend reminded me, Trump is so clueless, that he didn’t realize Muhammad Ali was one of the Muslims he so despises.
Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Someone should remind Trump that the man he’s praising was one of “THEM” and see how he dances around his own bigotry. Meanwhile, the rest of us should remember Ali as the class act he was and take his words about Islam to heart.
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