He was The Greatest in life, and so he is in death.
As a testament to that incredible life, Muhammad Ali’s widow and two ex-wives pay their respects to legendary boxer alongside thousands of mourners at a traditional Islamic prayer service in Kentucky on Thursday 9th June 2016.
The family of boxing legend Muhammad Ali joined thousands of mourners for the traditional Muslim prayer service at Kentucky’s Freedom Hall on Thursday to celebrate the sporting legend’s extraordinary life.
More than 14,000 thousand mourners attended the traditional Muslim Jenazah service which last a little over an hour for the three-time world champion boxer who died Friday at age 74.
His widow and fourth wife, Lonnie, daughters, Laila and Hana, and granddaughter Sydney, were photographed inside looking sombre at the service, which marks the start of two days of ceremonies honoring the Muslim-convert sports star who died following an epic 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, Ali’s second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, and his third wife, Veronica Porche-Ali, were in attendance. His first wife, Sonji Roi, passed away in 2005.
Muslims travelled from all over the world to stand pay their final respects, in a Kentucky arena which would have made him proud.
In addition his funeral service will be held today on Friday 10th June 9am ET and will be a Muslim service which will connect people from all faiths. Ever aware of his condition he had spent years preparing the service by writing in something he called “The Book” and so the service will literally be his own last message to the world.
At 2pm ET there will be a memorial which can be viewed live on the page cbsnews.com/live
A truly sad day. We will never see his like again.
R.I.P. Brother Muhammad.