EDITOR’S NOTE: Ismaili Muslim families whose family members are seriously ill or are in the last stages of their lives seek out their Jamatkhana leaders — the Mukhis and Kamadias — to offer some specific prayers, blessings and rites on the sick members of the family, who may never recover from the illness. Many of us familiar with our sacred and age old traditional ceremonies will be able to relate to this remarkable piece that I have just finished reading in the print edition of the Sunday New York Times (June 7, 2020). Because the piece relates to Covid-19, the newspaper offers it as a free-read on its on-line edition, without having to subscribe. Please read it!
“A part of me has gone…he was the greatest human being I have ever met…Muhammad Ali was beautiful…He was a brave American…A brave man of the world…He was real…Boxing was too small for him…He is a part of mankind…God bless Muhammad Ali’s family” — George Foreman in an interview with BBC upon hearing of Muhammad Ali’s death.
Ali’s daughter, Hana, wrote in a tweet that Ali was surrounded by his children in his final moments. They held his once powerful hands. They hugged and kissed their 74-year-old father. They chanted Islamic prayer. Hanna Ali wrote that the children tried to stay strong. Some whispered in his ear.
“You can go now. We will be okay. We love you. Thank you. You can go back to God now.”
After Ali’s organs failed, his daughter wrote in the tweet, his heart continued to beat for another 30 minutes: “A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!”
PLEASE ALSO CLICK: Lessons from the Life of “the greatest,” Heavyweight Hero Muhammad Ali.
AN EXCELLENT NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO
MUHAMMAD ALI: “What’s My Name?”
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Muhammad Ali, the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time and one of the best known figures of the 20th century, has passed away at the age of 74, after being admitted to a Phoenix area hospital for a respiratory ailment. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, four years after his retirement, but he went on to lift the Olympic Flame in 1996.
Ali was responsible for some of the most legendary moments in the ring. His incomparable work ethic, his revolutionary techniques, and fearlessness towards standing up for his beliefs, all contributed to the legend that was Muhammad Ali.
As we mourn his death, we publish some of the lessons that Hanna Ali, one of his seven daughters, shared in her book “More Than A Hero” published in 2000, in which she offered an intensely personal look at one of the most revered men on the face of the earth. The book serves as an inspirational reminder that we can all achieve greatness. To read excerpts from the book, please click Lessons from the Life of “the greatest,” Heavyweight Hero Muhammad Ali.
His funeral will take place in his birth town , Louisville, Kentucky.
Date posted: June 3, 2016.
Last updated: June 4, 2016.