What Muhammad Ali said about being a Christian after he converted to Islam
Born, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest Boxers and Sportsman of all time. Ali was popular not just for his boxing ability and oratory prowess, but also for his religious views. Muhammad Ali was a proud Muslim and a icon for Muslims in the United States of America.
Ali became associated with the Nation of Islam (an African-American socio-political and religious Group promoting Black people) in the early 1960’s, although this was initially hidden from the public. At a World Heavyweight Champion fight against Sonny Liston where he was the underdog, many members of the Nation of Islam including Malcolm X were in attendance.
In this fight which he would eventually win, Muhammad Ali was still publicly known as Cassius Clay. A day after winning the fight and becoming the New Heavyweight Champion, Ali publicly declared his conversion to Islam. Ali said “I believe in Allah and in peace.” He stated “I was baptized when I was 12, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m not a Christian anymore. I know where I’m going and I know the truth and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”