WASHINGTON: Inspired by former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, the newly released boxer briefs by Contenders Clothing has faced criticism for including the boxer’s name.
Contenders’ line in collaboration with Muhammad Ali Enterprises includes boxing shorts with classic imagery from Ali’s boxing career.
Many criticized for printing the name on the shorts.
The boxing legend was named after the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) who is greatly respected by Muslims.
Ali a unique star — even on Hollywood Walk of Fame
In 2002, when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed Ali’s star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, honored him in the “live performances” category for his fabulous success in the boxing ring, Ali famously refused.
Ali did not want people to walk upon his name.
“I bear the name of our beloved prophet Muhammad, and it is impossible that I allow people to trample over his name,” said Ali.
This shows he highly respected the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
And Ali is the ONLY celeb’ with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star situated above ground (his star was placed on a wall).
Ali, one of the iconic 20th century sports heroes, died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on June 3. He was 74.
The American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist was celebrated as much for his three world heavyweight titles as for his civil rights battles outside the ring.
In 1964 Ali dropped his birth name of Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam.