US Muslims draw inspiration from Ali's fight for his faith
DETROIT (AP) Even in his final months, Muhammad Ali was speaking out on behalf of Islam, the religion he so famously embraced in the 1960s by changing his name and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.
In December, the boxing legend issued a statement criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Ali called on fellow Muslims to ''stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.''
He died Friday at 74. As a young athlete, Ali endured public scorn when he joined the Nation of Islam. Decades later, long after he had achieved worldwide renown, he kept advocating for Muslims in the U.S. who felt their religion made them political targets.