After winning the championship from Liston in 1964, Clay revealed that he was a member of the Nation of Islam (often called the Black Muslims at the time) and the Nation gave Clay the name Cassius X, discarding his surname as a symbol of his ancestors' enslavement, as had been done by other Nation members. On Friday, March 6, 1964, Malcolm X took Clay on a guided tour of the United Nations building (for a second time). Malcolm X announced that Clay would be granted his "X." That same night, Elijah Muhammad recorded a statement over the phone to be played over the radio that Clay would be renamed Muhammad (one who is worthy of praise) Ali (fourth rightly guided caliph). Only a few journalists (most notably Howard Cosell) accepted it at that time. Venerable boxing announcer Don Dunphy addressed the champion by his adopted name, as did British reporters. The adoption of this name symbolized his new identity as a member of the Nation of Islam. Clay had discovered the Nation during a Golden Gloves tournament in Chicago in 1959, even writing a high school report on the organization. His school teachers at Louisville Central High were alarmed that a youngster with that much potential expressed interest in the nationalist faith. They dissuaded him from becoming involved. Many sportswriters of the early 1960s reported that it was Ali's brother, Rudy Clay, who converted to Islam first (estimating the date as 1962). Others wrote that Clay had been seen at Muslim rallies two years before he fought Liston. Ali's own version is that he did buy a copy of the "Muhammad Speaks" newspaper from a Muslim in Chicago, and a 45 rpm record by Minister Louis X (later Farrakhan) called "A White Man's Heaven is a Black Man's Hell." Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam made him a lightning rod for controversy, turning the outspoken but popular former champion into one of that era's most recognizable and controversial figures. Appearing at rallies with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and declaring his allegiance to him at a time when mainstream America viewed them with suspicion - if not outright hostility - made Ali a target of outrage, as well as suspicion. Ali seemed at times to provoke such reactions, with viewpoints that wavered from support for civil rights to outright support of separatism. For example, Ali once stated, in relation to integration: "We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man; that's all." And in relation to inter-racial marriage: "No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters." Indeed, Ali's religious beliefs at the time included the notion that the white man was "the devil" and that white people were not "righteous." Ali claimed that white people hated black people. Ali converted from the Nation of Islam sect to mainstream Sunni Islam in 1975. In a 2004 autobiography, written with daughter Hana Yasmeen Ali, Muhammad Ali attributes his conversion to the shift toward Sunni Islam made by W.D. Muhammad after he gained control of the Nation of Islam upon the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975.
Champion boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) is a Muslim. He is a convert to Islam.
The religion of Muhammad Ali Jinnah was Islam.
Muhammad Ali Maulana has written: 'Islam' -- subject(s): Islam
to convert to Islam and it is not taught in all schools.
Muhammad Ali was a Christian before he converted to Islam.
Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) was the last prophet of Islam. Muhammad Ali and millions of Muslims are his followers. If you mean, Hazrat Ali, he was the cousin and son-in-law of the holy Prophet (SAW). He was the fourth Rightful Caaliph of Islam.
He didn't leave the nation of Islam
I did not change my name to Muhammad Ali, perhaps you are referring to Cassius Clay? If so he did this when he converted to Islam.
Before converting to Islam, Muhammad Ali was known as Cassius Clay.
Ali was the cousin of the Prophet (Muhammad) and was the fourth Kaliph in Islam. He also faught many fights for Islam. Kaliph=leader
Muhammad Ali is Muslim after he converted from Christianity and changing his name accordingly to Muhammad Ali. refer to related question below on Islam main principles.
Fatimah Bint Asad the mother of Imam Ali (PBUH) was the second lade converted to Islam after trader woman Khadije who married prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was the first one accepted Islam from prophet. also Ali (PBUH) was the first man who accepted Islam from prophet.
No. Muhammad never believed in Christianity.
A lot of people that convert to Islam will take on new names, often incorporating the name Muhammad. This is what Cassius Clay did, which was his former name.
he was a christian.
Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali (at the behest of Elijah Muhammad) after he converted to Islam and won the heavyweight title. NO HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA
Muhammad Ali Alula Al-Hashimi has written: 'Islam and Pan-Africanism' -- subject(s): Black Muslims, Islam, Pan-Africanism
one of his wife moved to islam
Cassius clay changed his name to Mohammad ali after he embraced Islam.
The first male child to accept Islam was Ali ibn ali Talib, the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The first adult male to accept Islam was Abu Bakr as Siddiq who was the best friend of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It was the honesty and piety of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) that appealed to the people to convert accept Islam. He preached the message of Almighty Allah which impressed the people to convert to Islam.