Franklin Graham On His Father’s Meeting with Muhammad Ali

Billy-Graham-Muhammad-Ali1John Schmalzbauer just dug this up on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page.  Franklin adds some detail to the Associated Press report I mentioned in this post earlier today.

The world has lost a champion. Muhammad Ali was considered by many as the greatest boxer of all time. His career began during a difficult period in our country with the racial tensions of the 1960s and the Vietnam War. His outspoken positions caused him to be both loved and hated by some. I had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions, and he visited at my parents’ home in Montreat, North Carolina. Muhammad Ali’s father brought him to visit my father Billy Graham because he was concerned over Ali’s faith in Islam and was afraid that his son had been led astray. They had a great visit, and my father had prayer with him. They met together again several years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, when my father was there to preach. My prayers are with his family as they mourn this loss.