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CAIR Calls Muhammad Ali a ‘Champion for Peace and Justice’

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, .D.C, 6/4/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Muhammad Ali and called him “a champion for peace and justice.â€

Ali died Friday evening at a Phoenix-area hospital after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74. The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion became perhaps the most well-known person in the world due to his athletic skills and his social, political and religious views against racism and war.

CAIR: The life of Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

Muhammad Ali: America’s First Muslim Hero

“Muhammad Ali, a man who stood by his principles despite criticism and hardship, exemplified a true patriot and a true Muslim,†said CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch. “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.â€

“Ali’s legacy as a champion for peace and justice will motivate generations to come to make our world a better place,†said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “To God we belong and to Him we return.â€

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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