Muhammed Ali’s Genius Response To Being Drafted For War Is A Lesson For All Of Us

I have always been a fan of Muhammed Ali, and only a few days ago I bought my first poster of him right after his famous win over Liston in one round and one minute only. This was indeed a period packed with major events in Ali’s life, where shortly after the first fight Cassius Clay converted to Islam and became Muhammed Ali Clay, then just a while after that he was drafted to fight for the United States in the Vietnam war. The next quote by Ali, had bad effects on his professional career such as a withdrawn boxing license, denied visa outside the US to fight, and finally being ripped of his title.

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor, hungry people in the mud for big, powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Poor little black people and babies and children and women. How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.” — Muhammad Ali

I wanted to bring this to your attention because Muhammed Ali is a human and is just as imperfect as we all are, but such a decision is part of the teachings of Islam, the religion teaches peace and no killings. the acts of 1/10 of the people following the religion does not make 1.6 Billion people bad. I hope to see less prejudice from Muslims before non-muslims to be able to live in peace with all the different people of this world.

This video is an absolute entertainment from Ali, and of course shows his stand on the draft (which is obviously way cooler than reading what I wrote about it)

Almustafa M. Khalid



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