(WASHINGTON, .D.C, 6/4/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Muhammad Ali and called him “a champion for peace and justice.”
"Georgia's Muslim community joins millions around the world in thanking God for Muhammad Ali," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "He spoke out against racism and war. He stood up for faith and reconciliation. He was a hero--not only for Muslims, African-Americans, and athletes, but for all people who champion peace and justice."
CAIR: The life of Muhammad Ali 1942-2016
In a statement reacting to Ali’s death, CAIR National said:
“Muhammad Ali, a man who stood by his principles despite criticism and hardship, exemplified a true patriot and a true Muslim. His strength, courage and love of humanity has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to people of all faiths and backgrounds in America and worldwide. Ali’s legacy as a champion for peace and justice will motivate generations to come to make our world a better place.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.