I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world, the three-time world heavyweight champion said in a statement. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic jihadists runs against the very tenets of our religion.
The Louisville-born boxer, who converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, called on Muslims to stand up to those who utilize Islam to advance their own personal agenda.
He added: They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it runs against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.
The 132 -word statement, issued under the headline Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States, also took a thinly veiled swipe at Trumps sweeping proposal for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, constructed on Monday in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.
Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided assassins have perverted people views on what Islam really is, Ali said.