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Ali’s hometown Louisville, Kentucky renames its airport to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

Muhammad Ali’s Kentucky hometown will honor the late boxer by renaming its airport for him.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s board voted Wednesday to change the name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport as reported by many news media including NBC News. Ali would have turned 77 Thursday. He died in 2016.

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Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, said in a news release from the board that she is proud of the name change. She said although Ali was a “global citizen,” he never forgot his hometown.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer cited research showing that Ali’s name recognition is greater than Louisville’s and said he’s organizing a group to work toward celebrating Ali’s Louisville ties more broadly.

The airport board said the decision came after a working group studied renaming the airport for more than a year.

Other tributes to the legend, a Muslim legend poured in

And here are some of his inspiring Islamic sayings

May Allah continue to raise his status and reunite him with the man he named himself with – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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