CAIRO: Al-Azhar mourned U.S. boxer Muhammad Ali Clay in a statement Saturday, expressing its deepest condolences to his family.
“Clay represented an excellent example of a Muslim athlete who is committed to the morals of Islam,” Al-Azhar said.
Al-Azhar, the most prestigious religious institution in the Islamic world, added that Ali “devoted his life to humanitarian work, care for the poor, fighting racism and rejecting injustice and aggression.”
“Hence an athletic champion who was also a hero for supporting his people and causes and forcefully advocating fair humanitarian issues.”
Ali, the boxing giant who won the heavyweight championship three times died Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona after he was admitted to a hospital with a respiratory ailment.