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‘From rejected to revered’: thousands pay respects to Muhammad Ali

Two-day remembrance begins with a traditional Islamic prayer service as family and famous friends join more than 14,000 admirers

Dignitaries and celebrities, security services and admirers flooded into Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday to begin a memorial for the great boxer that was fit for a head of state.

The two-day remembrance began on Thursday with a traditional Islamic prayer service at the Freedom Hall arena. Before he died last week at 74, Ali himself had requested that the service be open to all. So alongside Ali’s famous friends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Don King and others, more than 14,000 admirers attended.

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