In April of 1967, Muhammad Ali was the Heavyweight Boxing champion of the world. He was the most prominent Muslim figure in the world. Yet, on April 28, 1967 he refused to be inducted into the U.S. armed services, based upon principles of justice embedded in his belief. For such a refusal, he was stripped of this champion title, fined, and sentenced to five years in prison. Despite these challenges, he remained resolute in his refusal to serve in the armed services.
His position of principle further focused worldwide attention on the morality of the Vietnam war and further galvanized opposition to the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. The active pursuit of justice of these two men reflects the Quranic injunction requiring the believer to pursue justice. Their work bent the arc of justice in favor of all marginalized people.
Muhammad Ali was dedicated to bringing the United States together and actively sought out those with divergent opinions. As a philanthropist, he provided support at neighborhood soup kitchens and hospitals, worked with the Make a Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics, and benefited those who were suffering from hunger all over the world.
Raise Your Voice and Get Involved!
Social unjust still exists behind closed doors. Every person plays an important role to raise their voice and provide their right to social justice. Here are some ways you can get involved-
- Volunteer your time and get involved with social groups addressing issues all over the world.
- Donate- No matter how big or small your contribution can change the life of another person.
- Participate- Get involved in food and clothing drives, give back to the community and stay aligned with each other.