Two champions had their last meeting in Louisville, KY, in June, 2001. Billy Graham was there to preach and Muhammad Ali was in town for another engagement and they were staying at the Grand Hotel in downtown Louisville. Evangelist Billy Graham was a champion for the souls of men and Muhammad Ali was a champion of the boxing ring. This wasn’t the first time the two had gotten together. They first met when Ali came to Billy Graham's’ NC home in 1979.
After that meeting he said, “I’ve always admired Mr. Graham, I’m a Muslim and he’s a Christian, but there is so much truth in the message he gives, Americanism, repentance, things about government and country–and truth. I always said if I was a Christian, I’d want to be a Christian like him.” Ali said, “he leads people to God. I look up to him.”
Billy Graham always hoped Ali would give his life to Christ. I’ve wondered if he put his faith and trust in Christ before he slipped into eternity. I sure hope so. Islam’s Muhammad can’t save you, only Jesus Christ can save.