The late Muhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie and daughter Laila attended the late boxer’s Jenazahm (prayer service) today in Louisville, Kentucky along with worshippers and fans of the legendary boxer.
The two-day funeral was planned by Ali in the years before his death, according to a family spokesman.
Ali wanted the Muslim prayer service, known as a Jenazah, to be “a teaching moment”, according to Imam Zaid Shakir, who is leading the service.
Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest”, died on Friday aged 74.
More than 14,000 people have tickets to the event at the site of Ali’s last fight in Louisville in 1961.
American Muslims attending the service and watching on TV say they hope that the public prayers will help Americans to become more familiar with Islam and its practices.
In 1964, Ali famously converted to Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his “slave name”.
He first joined the Nation of Islam, a controversial black separatist movement, before later converting to mainstream Islam.