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Who used to fly like butterfly and sting like a bee, Muhammad Ali - The Great is no more
A famous Urdu poet Saifi Amrohvi has said: "Kasha kashey ghum-e-hasti azaab ho jata, na hoti mout agar zindagi ka mustaqbil." The whole struggle of life would have become a bane, a calamity and undoing had the death were Not the ultimate destination.

Almost the similar pearls of wisdom were dropped by Socrates:

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

"After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening," Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told the World News.

The smartest and fastest boxer, a glib talker and an excellent communicator who was also known as great civil rights champion and one who had always put his principles above everything in life, died on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days

He had proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing. No one on earth doubted his claim. He was being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74.

Ali had been suffering for three decades from Parkinson's disease, which is a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. He was an intrepid fighter of Human Rights. In worse of his health, he didn't shy from politics or controversy. He had released a statement in last December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. "We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda," 

He stirred the conscience of the US national in the early 1960s when as a young heavyweight champion he got converted to Islam, he refused to serve in the Vietnam War, and became an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage. According to most Americans, Ali was an anti-establishment showman who transcended borders and barriers, race and religion. His fights against other men became spectacles, but he embodied much greater battles.

He was born as Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to middle-class parents, Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight. He turned professional shortly afterward, supported at first by Louisville business owners who guaranteed him an unprecedented 50-50 split in earnings.

In his long career he had lost only six matches.

The world of sports in particular and the world of courage and common sense would be poorer without him.

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men………….Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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