Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
?I aint no quarrel with the Vietcong?. no Vietcong ever called me a nigger?. With these bold words, Muhammad Ali announced his refusal to be inducted into the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War because it was a violation of his belief as a Black Muslim.

Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Known as Cassius Clay up until the beginning of his boxing career when he was recruited by the Islamic leader, Malcolm X. He approached by Malcolm to embrace and accept Islam. As Ali saw the purity of this magnificent religion, Ali deg deeper into Islam?s beliefs and fully converted himself and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

In 1966 Ali was at the peak of his boxing career and was called out to by the U.S. government to go fight in the Vietnam War. Now to Ali, fighting in a war was against his beliefs as a Muslim. As a Muslim, Islam taught not to kill when not needed and Ali stayed true to these teachings. By Ali fighting with the government about not going to war at the peak of his boxing career at that time and age was very risky.

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