Thousands gathered to pay their remembrances for Muhammad Ali. There were precious messages left on cardboards, T-shirts and sidewalks. Now, here is how the champ wanted to be remembered, let’s do just that:
“I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times. Who was humorous and who treated everyone right.
As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him. And who helped as many people as he could.
As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what.
As a man who tried to unite all of humankind through faith and love.
And if all that’s too much then I guess I’d settle for being remembered as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people.
And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”
It is not naive for us to say that the legend is indeed being remembered by billions around the world in exactly the way he wanted. Let’s also take lessons from his golden quotes. Here are some of the heartfelt pictures from his funeral.
What a script Allah has written for Muhammad Ali. Not even the man himself could have done it any better.
To die just before Ramadan, buried during Ramadan, having millions, if not billions, of those fasting making Dua for him and to know he has brought communities from all backgrounds together. Subhan’Allah what an end. No sorry, what a passing to the next journey for the champ!
May Allah grant him an abode similar to the most righteous, reunite him with his loved ones and allow us to meet the hero in the gardens of Al-Firdaws.
Innā lillāhi wa innā ilayhī rājiʿūn