Muhammad Ali And Malcolm X: A Broken Friendship, An Enduring Legacy : Code Switch : NPR
A new book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X explores the relationship between the two men and. Muhammad Ali evolved considerably in his religious and spiritual views throughout his life. Ali first met Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad's chief disciple at the time in Detroit in Malcolm X is credited with playing a critical role in the . icons together and eventually tore their relationship apart. Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion, stands with Malcolm X (left) outside the The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
Cassius X: When Muhammad Met Malcolm
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His Life and Timesand his biography King of the WorldAli clarified that he no longer believed in the existence of the space platform or in Yakub anymore. Muhammad later Warith Deen Mohammed assumed leadership of the organization, following which the fundamental doctrines of the Nation of Islam underwent a change to bring them closer to Sunni Islam. Farrakhan continued advocating the "racial separatism" of Elijah Muhammad, and reportedly considered Wallace "a soft minded heretic.
The Friendship, End & Regrets Of Muhammad Ali & Malcolm X
His Life and Times, Ali commented: He showed that color don't matter. He taught that we're responsible for our own lives and it's no good to blame our problems on other people.
And that sounded right to me so I followed Wallace, but not everyone in the Nation felt that way. Some of the ministers didn't like what he was teaching. Jeremiah Shabazz didn't like it.
Louis Farrakhan didn't like it either. They believed Elijah was a prophet, and they've kept the exact ways Elijah taught them. But I've changed what I believe, and what I believe in now is true Islam. Sufis believe that to purposely harm any person is to harm all of humanity, to harm each of us and to damage the world. It is the perfect fit for Ali, who had been living in the ways that Sufis do for decades before he'd heard of the religion.
Few people have heard about the profound ways Ali's faith has evolved over the years. He has been a world soul for many decades; he has grown from separatist to universalist.
I, he had to publicly decry that he would keep a low profile, only rejoining Clay on the night of the fight. To many, Malcolm still represented the ideals of the Nation and its separatist rhetoric which many of the white public deemed hate speech, revolutionary and incendiary to all.
It helped play into the ideal of Liston, the surly former mob goon now champion had become good by not wanting to offend any whites while Clay represented a party that did nothing but. In the 7th round, Liston refused to get up from his stool.
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Nevertheless, one result was clear: Cassius Clay, the huge underdog that no one in Miami gave a chance was now the Heavyweight Champion of the world. When the dust settled in Miami and everyone retreated, X had rejoined Clay, the two men joyous and joking over the fact that Clay was indeed, the champion of the world. The next day, Saviors Day within the Nation would be the day that Cassius officially accepted his inclusion into the Nation, adopting the name Cassius X.
His public denouncement of Elijah Muhammad and complete break from the Nation solidified it. By then, Muhammad and other specters within the Nation had ended their long-standing ignorance of boxing, abruptly switching the guide of Muhammad Speaks to a paper dedicated to Clay, the Heavyweight Champion.
Religious views of Muhammad Ali
While he drove his car in New York, Elijah Muhammad made the power play of all power plays in Chicago. The day Malcolm X heard Elijah Muhammad christen Cassius X with the name Muhammad Ali was the day that the two men, two charismatic and like-minded individuals who had a habit of telling people what they were to achieve and follow through, were splintered.
He fell in line with N. Though X had been outcasted by the Nation, he still held belief in Ali to be more than just a boxer.
He saw Ali as a champion of the world at large, a public figure unafraid to hide his tongue, one educated enough to stand firm when the rest of the world wanted him to bend or break. Their last public encounter in Ghana, just as Ali was touring Africa and Muslim countries as champion ultimately was the final move to fracture them for good.
X had gone to Mecca, came to understand that the Muslim faith was not about separation but inclusion for all. He prayed with white Muslims, ate with them, spoke with them and converted his name once more to its Sunni origins: In Ghana, Shabazz, dressed in traditional Sunni Muslim attire attempted to greet the Heavyweight Champion, surrounded by members of the N.
The attire, complete with a cane mortified Ali, thinking that his former friend had gone crazy. But his body at least showed it. In the months following, Malcolm would be hounded by the N. Yet as he was rising and firmly established himself as The Greatest, his mind never slipped from thinking of his friend Malcolm.
Even after Ali broke from the Nation and became a Sunni Muslim much like Malcolm, he revealed one of his many regrets in the world — making peace.
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Turning my back on Malcolm was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life. But he was killed before I got the chance. He was a visionary ahead of us all. If I could go back and do it over again, I would never have turned my back on him. Even though his mark on sports may have seemed minor inMalcolm X had indeed shaped the legacy of arguably the greatest boxer that ever lived.Malcolm X's daughter speaks at Muhammad Ali's m...