LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – An Islamic Funeral Prayer service will be held on Thursday, June 9, at Freedom Hall in Louisville for Muhammad Ali.
The event will begin at 12 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes. The Jenazah will be open to the public with doors opening at 9 a.m.
“To be properly prepared for burial, prayed over and then buried is a right owed to every single Muslim. If no one fulfills those rights, then the entire community has fallen into sin. In the case of someone of Muhammad Ali’s stature, to leave any of those rights unfulfilled would be a crime,” Imam Zaid Shakir, a Muslim American scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkley California, who will be leading the service said.
The Jenazah at Freedom Hall commemorates Muhammad Ali’s last fight in Louisville. Ali defeated Willi Besmanoff on Nov. 29, 1961.
Free parking will be available at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209, for all attendees.
Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place Friday, June 10, at the KFC YUM! Center.
The event will be open to the public with limited seating. Information and details on tickets will be released at a 5:30 p.m. media briefing today at the Muhammad Ali Center.