Young Muslim: What responsibilities accompany being talented?
Muhammad Ali: To lead a good life.
Lonnie: Muhammad believes that Allah made him famous so that he could do Dawa work. I've heard him telling people that the fame he obtained in the ring was all for his spiritual work.
Young Muslim:How do you do Dawa?
Muhammad Ali: Passing out pamphlets about Islam.
Howard: Every morning he wakes up and he's at the desk downstairs all day signing pamphlets. Everyone wants his autograph. He has presigned pamphlets that he is going to give away instead of signing what everyone gives him. [Muhammad Ali leaves in the middle of the interview and returns with a heavy crawling bag which he opens. There are hundreds of Islamic pamphlets in piles, each with his signature]
After 2 hours in New York, there will easily be about 1,000 people who have come up to see Muhammad Ali and who each go away with a signed pamphlet. They take it for the signature, but maybe they'll also read it when they get home. Another thing he's interested in doing are examining questions that the Bible brings up.
[Muhammad Ali shows us a booklet called Bible Contradictions]
Muhammad Ali: I wrote this.
Howard: He also has sheets with Bible verses on them and gives out Bibles to non-Muslims, telling one, "You read that verse," and telling another, "Read this verse." This way, he shows them the contradictions in the Bible. That's how he does his Dawa work.
Does that leave you any time for hobbies?
Muhammad Ali: No.
Howard: You know what, his only hobby is sitting downstairs at his desk, signing his pamphlets. I'm telling him, "Muhammad, you've got to get out, get some fresh air..." but he doesn't listen. He hates to run out of these [pointing to the autographed pamphlets] when there is an opportunity to give them out. He only says, "I should have signed some more."
Muhammad Ali: Every day. In two hours I can sign 500.
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