The incident transpired when his daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.
One of his daughter narrated:
When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us, then he sat me down and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said;
- “Hanna, everything that God made Valuable and Precious in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find Diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find Pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find Gold? Way down in the mine, covered over and protected by layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them”.
He looked at me with seriousness in his eyes.
- “Your body is sacred. You are far more precious and valuable than GOLD, DIAMONDS and PEARLS, and you should be covered too. Satan is preaching the message of NUDITY today cos he knows that if a man looks at a woman with lustful eyes, he has had sex with her. Be careful how you dress!“
Source: Taken from the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.
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