Thousands of well wishers stood in the Freedom Hall arena, Louisville in remembrance of the 20th century’s greatest boxer who died last week aged 74. The three-time heavyweight world champion died after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The two days of funeral ceremonies bidding farewell to Muhammad Ali began yesterday with a Muslim prayer service in the Kentucky hometown of the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero. The brief ceremony in Louisville launched two days of interfaith tributes bringing together people from all walks of life.
According to the organizer, Imam Zaid Shakir “The service is a traditional Muslim funeral. Muhammad Ali has a very, very special significance for the Muslim community. This is about… sending him off in the very best of fashion, and honor his memory, live his legacy and love each other as he would wish.” See photos from the funeral.