A Role Model for Muslim Americans
By Link Staff Reporter


Left to right: Mohammad Ali, Mowahid H. Shah, Ike Leggett and Congressman Mfume

Washington, DC: Boxing great, Muhammad Ali, was a genuine hero who inspired millions of Pakistanis. This was stated by Mowahid Hussain Shah, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister, Punjab, at a major function in the greater Washington area which was co-sponsored by noted area community figures, Dr. Parvez Shah and Dr. Baig. It included in attendance Democratic Party leaders Ike Leggett, candidate for County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland, and US Congressman Mfume, candidate for the United States Senate seat vacated by Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland. Ike is also a Professor of Law at Howard University, while Mfume, a noted civil rights campaigner, was for nine years President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Mowahid told the large gathering that Muhammad Ali could serve as a powerful role model for US Muslims as one who singularly fought for his principles against heavy odds, surmounted obstacles and eventually won respect and recognition from mainstream US society. Mowahid said that Ali never quit, whether in the ring or outside the ring, and we all can learn from those who fought discrimination and unfairness.
The Pakistani community is the most law-abiding and its contributions, through its skills and sacrifices, have considerably enriched American society, he added.
US Congressman Mfume said that he condemns hate crimes against Muslims and that those suffering injustice and harassment should not keep quiet. Ike Leggett urged Muslims to participate in the political process and apply the lessons learned from those who endured discrimination.
The well-attended function included politicians, businessmen, and professionals in the fields of medicine, media, and law.


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