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Friday, 10 June 2016

WHO IS THE GREATEST? - R.I.P. Muhammad Ali!

R.I.P. Muhammad Ali
World’s Greatest Fighter
Could Not Fight The Destiny
(M. Javed Naseem)

From Defeats He Learned 
Who The Greatest Was!

The man who stood for what he
believed in, sacrificed his career
(and suffered) for justice and truth.

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville (USA) are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here.

I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.

If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” -- Muhammad Ali

The melody lingers on and on!
Muhammad Ali has become a legend
And so was the melody-king of the East
Muhammad Rafi. A rare picture:

(Legend Muhammad Ali with Asian legend and melody-king Muhammad Rafi)
(American legend Ali with British legend 'The Beatles')
Muhammad Ali Was
A Man of Conviction,
A True American Hero!

(Muhammad Ali's special place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
In the Chapter “Modesty Is A Virtue” of my book, ‘A Wake-up Call’, published in 2010, I quoted excerpts from the book “More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes”. I repeat them here:

(Muhammad Ali Avenue in Newark, New Jersey)
(A walkway to Madison Square Garden in N.Y.City is temporarily named 'Muhammad Ali Way')
Here is a true story from our modern times. Everybody knows Muhammad Ali, the ex-heavyweight         boxing champion of the world. An incident took place when Ali’s daughters (Laila and Hanna) arrived at his place wearing clothes that were not modest. Here is the true account as narrated by one of his daughters:

(Muhammad Ali with his daughter and world (women) boxing champion Laila Ali)
“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us (great sense of humor!). We exchanged as many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

(Muhammad Ali with American Muslim leader late Malcolm X)
(Muhammad Ali with Martin Luther King Jr.)
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said:

“Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds?  Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered by layers and layers of rock. You have got to work hard to get to them.”
He looked at me with serious eyes and said:
“Your body is sacred. You are far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

(From the book: ‘More Than A Hero’: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.)
(Muhammad Ali with Nelson Mandela)

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