Why did Cassius Clay choose the name Muhammed Ali

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  1. Eye of Timaeus

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    Richard M Murrieta Member Full Member

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    It was given to him by the honorable Elijah Muhammad.
     
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  4. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Member Full Member

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    Matthew Franklin was given the name of Matthew Saad Muhammad in 1979, joining The Nation Of Islam. Cassius Clay was given the name of Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
     
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    PhillyPhan69 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I said reserved not already taken...but more importantly I was just kidding.
     
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    Interesting that Matthew Franklin, Eddie Gregory, and Dwight Braxton all converted to Islam and changed their names around the same time and fought in the same era.
     
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    Both Previous Good Posts. Got the kidding, A good one.
     
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    And were all terrific fighters as well.
     
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    Indeed and I believe Saad and Mustafa were close friends during their career and when they were reigning champs they refused to fight and unify the title. I've also read that Qawi became friendly with Saad Muhammad and was saddened by his declining health and death at a relatively young age.
     
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    lloydturnip Well-Known Member Full Member

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    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I believe his name was first announced as Cassius X after he announced his conversion to Islam before very shortly after becoming Muhammad Ali.

    The latter was a much more befitting name in my opinion.
     
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    Where did the MUHHAMED come from?
     
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    Come to think of it, I assume Hasim Rahman is Muslim too. Was he born into an already converted family or did he make the conversion himself as other champions have done?
     
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    Its strange. That was his birth name but his dad is John Cason so I'm guessing his dad converted as he said he leads the prayers.
     


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