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Muslim community holds prayer service for Muhammad Ali in West Palm Beach

Posted at 12:03 AM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 05:55:24-04

He made his name in the boxing ring and built his legacy outside of it. 

Local Muslims remembered Muhammad Ali at a local mosque in a memorial service.

"An American icon, not of the era, but of ever," says Wilfredo Ruiz.

Dozens packed the Muslim Community of Palm Beach County for the service during the holy month of Ramadan to honor Ali.

"Emphasize the relevance of Muhammad Ali to the Muslim community."

Ruiz remembers Ali for his punch, his voice outside the ring and how he represented the Muslim community.

"Not only was a good sportsman and top notch sportsman, but also a good example to our community to emulate somebody who got involved in social issues and government issues."

Among those in the crowd was Muhammad Mustasam who met Ali several times. Most recently during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

He honors Ali for his flair.

"Tell the people, if you want something you can do it, like if you dream it you can do it."