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- Updated: June 10, 2016
An Islamic prayer service was held for the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali Thursday afternoon.
Thousands of people gathered on Thursday to celebrate the life of the great Muhammad Ali at a traditional Islamic prayer service in the boxer’s home town of Louisville, Kentucky.
Around 18,000 people attended the Jenazah at the Freedom Hall, which is where Ali began his professional career with a win over Tunney Hunsaker in 1960.
Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion and one of the most iconic and charismatic figures of the 20th century, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona last Friday at the age of 74.
His funeral will take place on Friday and his coffin was wheeled into the building for Thursday’s Jenazah service, which was attended by members of Ali’s family.
Addressing the service, Muslim scholar Sherman Jackson said: “For millions of people around the world of every race, religion and political persuasion, the passing of Muhammad Ali has made us feel a little more alone in the world.