Muhammad Ali’s Peace Thought モハメド・アリの平和思想

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Muhammad Ali’s Peace Thought

Ali’s Quotes

“No matter what reasons I cannot have a hand in homicide. I cannot go against Allah ‘s teaching.”

“I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the Day of Judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.”

Muhammad Ali, praying

“Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.”

“The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’

“I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.”

These are the words of former boxing heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali (1942-2016).

Personal History

He won the gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics Light Heavyweight and defeated Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the World Heavyweight Champion.

Around 1964, he joined the activities of the “Nation of Islam,” an African-American Islamic organization. The “Nation of Islam” refused to integrate blacks into white society and advocated black “restoration of civil rights” and financial independence. “Cassius Clay” was abandoned as the name of a slave and renamed “Muhammad Ali”.

He refused to recruit because he had no reason to fight the ‘Viet Cong’ and was deprived of the championship and sentenced to five years in prison, but he was acquitted. With 56 wins, 37 knockout wins and only 5 defeats, he left a legend in the boxing world.

He converted to Orthodox Sunni Islam in 1975 and became devoted to Sufism in 2005. From the standpoint of Sufism, which places particular emphasis on human good deeds, violent Islam has come to be clearly denied.

In December 2015, Ali insisted Islam preached the spirit of charity and peace, emphasizing the essence of Islam, and that there is no doctrine that kills innocent citizens and that Islam should not be understood as radicalism.  In Islamic thinking, every human being has two “secretary angels” from birth, who record their good and bad deeds in their books. This book is handed to each person on “Last Judgment Day” and “settled” by God. “Murder” is the important criterion for “Last Judgment Day”

Belief in Sufism

As mentioned above, Muhammad Ali became a believer in Islamic Sufism in 2005, but it was founded by the North Indian-born Sufi Inayat Khan. Inayat Khan said, “We are devoted to one religion with different names and different forms. There is the same spirit and truth behind different names and forms.”

Islam is a religion that inherits Abraham, Moses, Solomon, John the Baptist, and Christ, and its doctrine is also influenced by the Ten Commandments of Moses, prohibiting murder, adultery, and theft. In the Islamic scripture “Quran”, “peace” [Salaam in Arabic] is an important theme. Needless to say, “peace” means a state of no battle, and in Chapter 56: 25-26, “Therein they will hear no nonsense, and no accusations. But only the greeting: “Peace, peace.”

Muhammad Ali’s life has made the world confirm universalism that transcends religions and races. His life taught us the universal charity that swallows the narrow sectarian and ethnic conflicts, and the racial and ethnic prejudices found in Western countries and Japan.


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