Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ali's actions were powerful, but Muslims need another like him

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

Ali was a vocal advocate for civil rights. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(AP Photo/FIle)
Ali was a vocal advocate for civil rights. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(AP Photo/FIle)

Although I absolutely and without reservation agree with Dr Munjed Farid al Qutob's assertion that the late and much lamented Muhammad Ali "was simply the greatest of all time" (Letters, June 7) I cannot help but observe how the contemporary western world lacks an Islamic leader with the same courage and gravitas.

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Ali was the greatest - not simply as arguably the greatest heavyweight of all-time, but as a civil rights leader who stood shoulder to shoulder with Dr Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

Like both of these men of integrity, grace and courage, Ali was prepared to sacrifice everything for a principle of equality that was not merely misunderstood, but violently rejected by the white political establishment.

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