The coffin of late boxing champion Muhammad Ali arrives for a jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A Muslim funeral for Muhammad Ali Thursday drew thousands of admirers to the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where mourners prayed over the body of a man who battled in the ring and sought peace outside it.Jackson praised Ali for advancing the cause of black Americans during and after the civil rights movement of the '60s.Ali and his family planned his funeral for 10 years, making sure it would honor his Muslim faith while also adapting to the demands of Western media-driven culture.Ali rose to the top of the boxing world when black fighters were expected to be quiet and deferential.One admirer, Ali Shah, 45, traveled from California to attend.
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