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~Today in 1965 - Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim & adopts the name Muhammad Ali
The new heavyweight champion, Cassius Clay, said today he had adopted the Islam religion. He called Islam the best way to bring about lasting peace.
"They call it the Black Muslims," the 22-year-old Clay said. "This is a press word. It is not a legitimate name. But Islam is a religion and there are 750 million people all over the world who believe in it, and I am one of them."
He said he had made an extended study of the religion over a period of months and had become convinced it was "the truth and the light."
"A rooster crows only when it sees the light," he said. "Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing."
"There is Only one God and his Prophet is Muhammad...Ali"