Muhammed Ali and Billy Graham: “Two Champions”

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Last Friday the world said goodbye to “The Greatest”—Muhammed Ali. Many respected Ali for his abilities in the ring and also his commitment to causes such as the Civil Rights movement.

Ali converted to Islam in the 1960s. However, he and Billy Graham had a notable mutual respect for one another.

This morning, Franklin Graham posted this heartwarming picture of Ali and his father, Billy Graham, in 2001. Graham calls both men “champions,” calling his father “a champion for the souls of men and Muhammad Ali was a champion of the boxing ring.”

Graham’s words commending the boxer and his relationship with his father prove that friendship can cross religion.

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Megan Briggs
Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.