Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MuhammaD Ali

apa yg d paste kat cni just about what Muhammad Ali says n feel about Islam n how he answer Oprah.. :::

You are known as the most famous person on the planet. Do you feel like the most famous?

Muhammad: It's surprising, but I never realized why I was so famous. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world—Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon—there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.

Oprah: Do you believe that had you not become a Muslim, your fame would not have been as great?

Muhammad: It would not have been worldwide.

Oprah: Would you be the greatest in the world if you hadn't become a Muslim?

Muhammad: I don't know. Before I became a Muslim, I ate pork and chased women—but all that stuff stopped.

Oprah: So you never chased women after you became a Muslim?

Muhammad: Well...yes.

Oprah: But I understand. If you hadn't become a Muslim, you might not have had the concentrated spiritual power that sustained you. Did your greatness have to do with more than just your ability in the ring?

Muhammad: Yes. The teachings of [Muslim leader] Elijah Muhammad made me say, "I am the greatest." And back then, black people didn't talk or boast like that.

Oprah: Nobody had ever heard of anyone like you.

Muhammad: I would say things like "I am the greatest! I'm pretty! If you talk jive, you'll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I'm pretty!" When white people heard me talking like this, some said, "That black man talks too much. He's bragging."

Oprah: When were you first introduced to Elijah Muhammad?

Muhammad: Around 1961. He said, "Why are we called Negroes? Chinese are from China, Russians are from Russia, Germans are from Germany, and Indians are from India. What country is called Negro?" And I realized that Cassius Clay is a slave name—a European name that was given to me. Many of the blacks in this country have slave names.

Oprah: Had you been listening to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad long before you announced to the world that you had become a Muslim?

Muhammad: Yes.

Oprah: Were you encouraged by Elijah Muhammad to announce that you were Muslim?

Muhammad: No, no, no. It was just me. You're not forced to believe or to be a follower. You just have to do what's in your heart.

Oprah: Do you see yourself as a brother to all the other Muslims around the world? I read that you said "Black Muslim"> is a media term, because there's no such thing. If you go to Mecca, you're praying next to a blond.

Muhammad: Right. Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.

Oprah: Because your religion is associated with Elijah Muhammad, a lot of people believe it's radical, antiwhite, and anti other religions. But my understanding is that Islam is a peaceful religion.

Muhammad: The word "Islam" means "peace." The word "Muslim" means "one who surrenders to God." But the press makes us seem like haters.

Oprah: But if a leader comes out and says that any particular race is the devil, then he or she is seen as a hatemonger. True?

Muhammad: But the people who were keeping blacks out of restaurants and choosing to fight us were really the hatemongers.

Oprah: Part of your notoriety comes from your willingness to stand up for yourself—like when you decided that no one could make you go to Vietnam. You even said you were willing to face gunfire rather than go into the army or denounce the honorable Elijah Muhammad. Did you mean that?

Muhammad: Did I mean it? I'm not going to come out now and say, "I was just joking!"

Oprah: So you just got your draft notice and said to yourself, "I'm not going"?

Muhammad: I said more than that! I said, "No Vietcong ever called me a nigger." Black men would go over there and fight, but when they came home, they couldn't even be served a hamburger.

Oprah: Your brother said that when you came home after winning the Olympic gold in 1960, you were refused service at a restaurant in Louisville.

Muhammad: I walked in and tried to order two hamburgers, and I was told, "We don't serve Negroes." I said, "Good—because I don't eat them either." They said, "You're a smart nigger—get out of here!" So I left and drove to the bridge and threw my gold medal in the river. A black man in America can win an Olympic gold medal, but he can't even come home and be served a hamburger.

Oprah: Do you regret throwing your medal in the river?

Muhammad: Now I do!


Oprah: After you refused to go to Vietnam, you received assassination threats. When you were preparing for one fight, you had to have FBI protection—which is a funny thing, considering what we now know about the FBI and how you were on Hoover's famous list of those seen as a threat to the nation.

Muhammad: They weren't going to kill me. They knew I'd become too big of a hero if they killed me.

Oprah: But were you frightened by the death threats?

Muhammad: No. I was only frightened about Judgment Day and facing God. I believe in that. I didn't want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, "Why did you do that?" This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.

Oprah: I've read that you've said there is a reason you have Parkinson's. Why do you believe you have this illness?

Muhammad: A million people have Parkinson's disease.

Oprah: Do you feel that having it is part of God's plan for you?

Muhammad: I can't see what God's plan is. I just know I've got to live with it.

Oprah: Do you still like being known?

Muhammad: There's a reason I'm known—to bring people to Allah, to God.

Oprah: Are you happy?

Muhammad: I'm happy.
tp bila Oprah tanya Muhammad Ali ni samada klu d bagi peluang belawan dgn Mike Tyson pd zaman kegemilangan dia dulu dia nak tak.... sekali dia jwb cam ni.."Next Question!!!"
sbnrnya panjang perbualan ni..
nak yg panjang??!!! klik sini...

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