Boxing legend Muhammad Ali blasts Donald Trump

NEW YORK - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has criticised US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering America.

Without naming Mr Trump, Mr Ali said that Muslims "have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda".

The three-time world heavyweight champion, 73, is a cultural icon and one of the world's most famous Muslims.

Mr Trump says he will never leave the race, despite widespread criticism.

The White House had said that his comments "disqualified" him from running for the presidency.

Mr Ali's statement was directed at "presidential candidates proposing to ban Muslim immigration to the United States".

"They have alienated many from learning about Islam," he said.

The former heavyweight champion also strongly criticised violence committed by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group.

"True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion," he said.

"These misguided murderers have perverted people's views on what Islam really is."

Comments (2)

The White Americans, especially the Republicans have forgotten that that country is a country of immigrants. the difference between them and other immigrants is that they killed most of the Native Americans to create a free land for them to settle as 'Americans'. On the other hand Donal Trump and his sons have a case to answer her in Southern Africa because they were killing our lions and elephants for their trophies. We complain of Cecil the lion but have lost sight of who was doing what earlier than the death of Cecil the lion

KongoBhile Bhaba - 10 December 2015

Donald Trump should know that the whites do not own America. The. Red Indians are the owners of America whom they have tried to annihilate. Everyone else went to America as immigrants and tried to wipe out the Red Indians

Partriot - 10 December 2015

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