June 5, 2016

THE FACE OF ISLAM:

Muhammad Ali pleaded for Daniel Pearl's life, father recalls' (JTA, June 5, 2016)

When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in January 2002, the most famous American Muslim of the day, Muhammad Ali, pleaded publicly for his release and life.

"I appeal to you to show Daniel Pearl compassion and kindness," Ali implored Pearl's abductors, who would behead the journalist in Pakistan after nine days of captivity, although his fate would not be known for another three weeks.

"Treat him as you would wish all Muslims to be treated by others," entreated Ali, who died Friday at 74. "Daniel should not become another victim of the ongoing conflict. It is my most sincere prayer that Daniel Pearl be permitted to return safely to his family. May Allah have mercy on us all."

Posted by at June 5, 2016 2:14 PM

  

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