Muhammad Ali to be memorialized during interfaith service in Indianapolis

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents can pay their last respects to Muhammad Ali in Indianapolis on Friday.

The Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana will host an interfaith memorial service for the former heavyweight boxing champion considered a hero of the Muslim faith.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Indiana Interchurch Center at the intersection of West 42nd Street and Michigan Road on the north side of Indianapolis, across from the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Plainfield-based Islamic Society says Ali “was a champion of the people” whose commitment, dedication and stands against injustices influenced millions of people around the world.

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