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Here Is Some Fatherly Advice, From Muhammad Ali

In the upcoming documentary “I Am Ali,” there is audio from an adorable, inspiring phone conversation between Muhammad Ali, considered by many to be the greatest boxer to ever live, and his young daughter, Maryum. The back and forth gives rare insight to Ali’s life outside of the ring.

“So everything the God made, the cows, horses, the moon, stars, ants, everything has a purpose,” Ali tells Maryum. “Now what’s your purpose? You’re a human being. If God made the sun have a purpose, humans have a purpose too. You haven’t found your life purpose yet have you?”

“Yes,” she replies.

“If everybody was born for a purpose, what do you think you were born for?”

“To make people feel better,” Maryum answers. “To fix people up.”

“That’s good,” Ali says proudly. “That’s good, Maryum.”

Maryum Ali and Hana Ali, another of Muhammad’s daughters, stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to talk about the upcoming film, which will be released Nov. 28. Claire Lewins, the film’s director, also took part in the interview.

After the clip of Maryum and Muhammad’s conversation played, the former teared up, at the memory itself and its prescience. Maryum is now a social worker.

 

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