If Muhammed Ali had no Saviour on the cross to pay for his sins, no loving Jesus with the nail prints in His hands to receive him on the other side, then where would YOU say he is right now at this very moment?
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)
Muhammed Ali, born Cassius Clay on January 17, 1942, has died today. His long, illustrious, outrageous, and fabulously wealthy life and lifestyle have now come to an end. That he was perhaps the greatest boxer of all time will be how people will remember him. Those who knew him say he was a wonderful, kind and beautiful man who tried to help and encourage others. As a kid, I was a huge fan of Ali and loved to watch him box on television.
“I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world just to call him my friend,” former business manager Gene Kilroy said. “If I was to die today and go to heaven it would be a step down. My heaven was being with Ali.”
Ali converted to the Nation of Islam in the 1960s but gravitated to mainstream Sunni Islam in 1975. His faith was shaped by his experience of religious prejudice; Islam offered an alternative source of spiritual authority to an American Christianity that could be suffused with white bigotry. Taking a new name severed the bonds to his slave past, reported the UK Telegraph today.
In a Facebook posting, Yasir Qadhi, a professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, fondly detailed Ali’s positive influence on American Muslims.
“If the only good that he brought was to bring a positive image of Islam, and to spread the name of our beloved Prophet (SAW) in every household and on every tongue in the world, it is a life that is indeed enviable,” Qadhi wrote.
Now, I could go on and on talking about Ali and his Islamic faith but I think you get the point. Muhammed Ali, as great as he was, was missing the most crucial element anyone could be lacking at the moment when you leave this life and step out into the next one. Muhammed Ali left this world without a Saviour, he stepped out into eternity without Jesus Christ.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 (KJV)
The Qu’ran, while it borrows from the Bible, is against the Bible in general and against Jesus Christ in particular. The ‘holy’ Qu’ran says this about Jesus Christ:
“And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son. You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation that they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.” Qu’ran 19:88-92
As you can clearly see, Islam says that the idea of God having a Son is absolutely not possible. In Islam, Jesus is reduced to the role of a mere prophet much like Mohammed. Jesus is not the Redeemer, not the Sin Bearer for mankind, not who the Bible plainly declares Him to be. Muhammed Ali placed all his trust and faith for the afterlife in Islam and the Qu’ran which taught him that Jesus was not the Saviour.
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (KJV)
So let me ask you this question in closing. If Muhammed Ali had no Saviour on the cross to pay for his sins, no loving Jesus with the nail prints in His hands to receive him on the other side, then where would YOU say he is right now at this very moment?
Is Muhammed Ali in Heaven with the Jesus he rejected, or is he in Hell with the pedophile Muhammed and the moon god Allah?
It’s one or the other.
NTEB extends our deepest condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali in their time of grief and mourning. At the same time, we urge you and everyone reading this article to consider where YOU will go when YOU die. Even ‘the greatest’ could not postpone or delay his unbreakable appointment with the Jesus Christ he rejected. And neither will you. If you leave this world with your sins unpaid for, make no mistake, you will pay for them yourself.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:27,28 (KJV)