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8 Things We Can Learn From Muhammad Ali

Posted on 10 June 2016

Today, as the world prepares to bury a legend, let’s take a moment to reflect on the life and lessons of the great man, humanitarian, and civil rights activist behind the sports hero.

Staying True To Your Beliefs

“No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali stood up for what he believed in at a great cost to his fortune, freedom and fame. For refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, he was arrested, stripped of his titles and medals, and lost his boxing license at the peak of his career.

Courage

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

Humility

“God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not number One; he is.” – Muhammad Ali

Generosity

“To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.” – Muhammad Ali

Giving Back

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

Perseverance

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

Faith

“Allah's the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.” – Muhammad Ali

Determination

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali


RIP Muhammad Ali. May Allah have mercy on your soul and grant you the highest level of paradise.
What’s your favourite Muhammad Ali quote or moment?

Stay Humble, 
Yusra S

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1 comment

  • Kaba Sallymata: June 10, 2016

    Allahumma Ameen may Arahman have mercy on his soul. Muhammad Ali is an inspiration. It is hard to choose a favorite quote from a list a great quotes. They all convey great messages ?.

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