"Our lives are a journey during which we must find our own answers and make our own paths. On my journey I found Islam. If I were not a Muslim, I might not have taken all of the stands that I did. If I were not a Muslim, I would not have changed my name or sought to spread peace, and I would not have meant as much to people all around the world. If I were not a Muslim, I would not be the person that I am today, and the world would have never known Muhammad Ali.
Changing my name was one of the most important things that happened to me in my life. It freed me from the indignity done to my family by slavemasters who took away our family name and gave my ancestors the master's name, like they weren't human beings