Muhammad Ali requests Iran leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei to free 2 US hikers

By on Mar 17, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, United States Comments

World boxing legend Muhammad Ali requested Iran leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei to free two American hikers on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Muhammad Ali and Ayatollah Khamenei
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According to US news sites, Muhammad Ali, a devoted Muslim, sent a short letter to the Iranian leader and requesting him to free two American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer.

Apparently, the two hikers along with a friend have been held in Iran since July 2009 after they were accused of spying when the allegedly went across an unmarked border in the country.

But back in September 2010, Sarah Shourd was released on bail due to health reasons immediately left the country. Last February 2011, a trial was held to Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer but was not open to the public.

Meanwhile, below is the full context of the letter of Muhammad Ali to the leader of Iran, taken from Los Angeles Times.

Your Excellency and dear brother,

As Salaam Aliakum.

Inshallah, I pray this letter finds you in good health.

I write you today to ask your mercy for the two men, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who are currently being held by Iranian authorities. I am humbled by the compassion you gave to their young female friend Sarah Shourd, by allowing her to return to her family. I ask the same mercy and compassion be given to them as well.

My last visit to Tehran was some years ago but I remember it as if it were yesterday. The people were so kind and beautiful. Most Americans don’t know how warm and welcoming the Iranian people can be. One day, I hope I am able to return to Tehran to stand, greet and be among my Iranian brothers and sisters once again. Perhaps that day will come soon.

Please show the world the compassion I know you have in your heart. Allah is most merciful. I remain your brother in Islam, always.

With much love and respect,

Muhammad Ali

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