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Erdogan joins thousands at Ali's Muslim funeral service


An interfaith service will be held for the boxing legend Mohammed Ali later on Friday before thousands of people of all races and creeds.

On Thursday thousands had also gathered for a Muslim funeral service in Ali’s hometown in Kentucky, together with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to pay their respects to a man who fought in the ring and sought peace outside it.

LIVE — Thousands join funeral ceremony of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in Kentucky pic.twitter.com/HkKGT7Eetq

— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) June 9, 2016

Imam Zaid Shakir presided over the service, which was conducted in both English and Arabic.

“Truly, those who say our Lord is God and are upright, the angles will descend upon them, saying, ‘have neither fear nor sadness, but rather rejoice in this paradise that you had been promised,” Imam Zaid read the summon.

Coffin of boxing champ Muhammad Ali arrives for Islamic funeral prayer in Kentucky https://t.co/3J9vgKtMwU #Ali pic.twitter.com/XBBKsgDtob

— Theresa Suzuki (@Theresaphoto) June 9, 2016

Ali’s funeral was held at a convention space in Freedom Hall, the complex where the former heavyweight world champion defeated Willi Besmanoff on Nov. 29, 1961 in his last fight in Louisville.

Ali, known for his boxing prowess, showmanship and political activism in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, died on Friday of septic shock in an Arizona hospital. He was 74.

People from around the world are gathering in Kentucky to remember and honor Muhammad Ali.https://t.co/KH0yQyLZ34

— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 9, 2016

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