Thousands came out for the Muslim prayer service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Peep the pics inside….
The first of two memorial services planned for three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali went down today at Kentucky's Freedom Hall in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The boxing icon departed this life last week at the age of 74 after battling Parkinson’s disease for the last three decades.
Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, a retired professional boxer, hugged her daughter Sydney tight during the Jenazah, which is an Islamic prayer service. Her family, including her sister Hana, celebrity friends -- including boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Rev. Jesse Jackson -- along with an estimated 14,000 fans joined her to say their final goodbyes and celebrate his remarkable life at the site of Ali's last fight in Louisville in 1961. Ali's widow and fourth wife, Lonnie, his second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, and his third wife, Veronica Porche-Ali, were all in attendance as well. His first wife, Sonji Roi, passed away in 2005.
Tickets for the event sold out an hour after tickets were made available to the public.
President Barack Obama will be unable to attend tomorrow's funeral due to his daughter Malia Obama’s graduation on the same day.
Prominent US Muslim scholar Imam Zaid Shakir led the Jenazah prayer service. He started off the prayer service saying, "We welcome all of you here today. We welcome the Muslims, we welcome the members of other faith communities, we welcome the law enforcement community. We welcome our sisters, our elders, our youngsters. All were beloved to Muhammad Ali."
Peep a clip below:
A second service will be held for "The Greatest" tomorrow. Before the service, Ali's body will travel through the streets of Louisville for one last celebration with the people. #ThePeoplesChamp