|With Nasser, 1964|
When he announced his conversion to Islam, it was to the extremely unorthodox Nation of Islam, which many Muslims did not accept as Islamic. Later, in 1975, he converted to mainstream Sunni Islam. In 2005, he announced himself an adherent of the Universal Sufism movement led by Inayat Khan.
|Praying at Hussein mosque, Cairo|
|At the Kaaba|
He would make many other visits to the Middle East. He was decorated by heads of state from Morocco to the Gulf, He generally drew crowds wherever he went. In 1982, having retired from the ring, he held two exhibition fights in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
In 1986 he visited Egypt for the second time, posing at the pyramids.
This is only a partial catalog of Ali's love affair with the Middle East, which was very much mutual.
|Receiving a decoration from King Hasan II of Morocco|