Ways to Honor Muhammad Ali's Legacy

June 4, 2016

Photo Credit: Cliff

Dear Friend,

As part of our efforts to amplify American Muslim voices on important current affairs, MPAC, along with other national Muslim leadership, has coordinated a national American Muslim response to the historic loss of Muhammad Ali -- a champion for us all.

The following are ways that we are collectively asking local communities to honor the legacy of Muhammad Ali.

1. Attend The Janaza: Make preparations to attend the funeral prayer (salat al-janazah) for Muhammad Ali scheduled to be offered at noon Thursday in Louisville, Ky. The location of the prayer will be announced as plans are finalized.

Communities that are unable to send representatives to the Louisville funeral prayer are being asked to organize local prayers, called “salat al-ghaib," which are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place. Those prayers could be offered either before the nightly Ramadan taraweeh or after jummah prayers on Friday.

2. Share Your Story: Muhammad Ali inspired us all. Participate in the social media campaign #GenAli to share how you will honor Muhammad Ali's legacy in your life.

3. Donate: Invest in youth changemakers from around the world that embodied Muhammad Ali's vision of public service by supporting the Youth Leadership Scholarships at the Muhammad Ali Center through LaunchGood.

4. Reflect on His Legacy: Later this week, a suggested sermon (khutba) outlining Muhammad Ali’s importance to the American Muslim community and to the way Islam is viewed in our nation will be distributed to Islamic prayer leaders (imams) who will conduct the normal congregational prayers (jummah) this Friday. Please feel free to share it with your local mosque.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Rabiah@mpac.org.


Rabiah Ahmed

Media & Public Affairs Director

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