MUSIAD USA President Mustafa Tuncer and MUSIAD USA Executive Director & VP Ibrahim Uyar attended Muhammed Ali’s funeral on June 9, 2016. The funeral attendees included the Ali family, world and religious leaders such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hamza Yusuf and Turkey’s religious affairs president Mehmet Gormez. The Turkish President Erdogan attended the traditional Muslim prayer ceremony for Ali on Thursday. Muhammed Ali played a very important role in the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was not only successful as a professional boxer , but he also used his influence to impact the civil rights movement to promote equality in the African-American community. He was also a valued member of the American Muslim community as well. Various people spoke at the funeral on the Friday ceremony. Lonnie Ali, the wife of Muhammad Ali, spoke at her husband’s funeral service at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Lonnie Ali was the first of nine eulogists at the ceremony that included Billy Crystal and former president Bill Clinton. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
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