A Muslim memorial service for Muhammad Ali on Thursday attracted a huge number of admirers to the boxer’s main residence of Louisville, Kentucky, where weepers implored over the body of a man who struggled in the ring and looked for peace outside it.

An expected 14,000 individuals, speaking to numerous races and statements of faith, went to the jenazah, or “burial service” in Arabic, where he was more than once feted as “the general population’s champion.”

Ali, a three-time heavyweight champion known for his dramatic artistry, political activism and commitment to helpful causes, passed on Friday of septic stun in an Arizona healing facility. He was 74.

“The death of Muhammad Ali has made all of us feel somewhat more alone on the planet,” said Sherman Jackson, a Muslim researcher at the University of Southern California.

“Something strong, something important, excellent and invigorating has left this world,” he said of a man who was compelled to surrender over three years of boxing at the tallness of his profession for his refusal to serve in the U.S. military amid the Vietnam War.

Jackson lauded Ali for propelling the reason for dark Americans amid and after the social equality development of the 1960s. Others appreciated him for making Islam more worthy and giving U.S. Muslims a saint they could impart to the American mainstream.Imam Zaid Shakir, an originator of Muslim human sciences school Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, drove admirers in petitions, for example, “Allahu akbar” (“God is most noteworthy”) over Ali’s body, which lay in a coffin secured with a dark and gold fabric.

Ali and his family arranged his burial service for a long time, ensuring it would respect his Muslim confidence while additionally adjusting to the requests of Western media-driven society.

U.S. President Barack Obama additionally lauded Ali on Thursday in a Facebook live telecast from the White House, flaunting a duplicate of the book, “GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali,” and a marked pair of boxing gloves skilled to him by Ali.

“It’s exceptionally uncommon where a figure catches the creative ability of the whole world,” Obama said. “He was stand-out and in my book he’ll generally be the best.”

Ali was because of be covered on Friday, after a burial service parade and before one last farewell when thousands more will assemble for an interfaith administration.

Illuminating presences including previous U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and comic Billy Crystal will go to Friday’s occasion, at the KFC Yum Center.

“Ali will never bite the dust. His soul will live on,” boxing promoter Don King told people from Thursday’s venue at Freedom Hall, the mind boggling where Ali crushed Willi Besmanoff in 1961 in his last battle in Louisville.

Others close by to pay regards included U.S. social liberties pioneer Jesse Jackson and artist Yusuf Islam, some time ago known as Cat Stevens.

Ali rose to the highest point of the boxing scene when dark warriors were required to be peaceful and respectful. His braggadocio, even before he changed his name from Cassius Clay, startled white America. He promote stunned Americans after he joined the Nation of Islam and received an Islamic name in 1964.

In the 1970s, Ali changed over to Sunni Islam, the biggest Muslim group around the world. Late in life he grasped Sufism, a magical school of the confidence.

Ali’s brag of being “the best ever” and his capacity to “buoy like a butterfly and sting like a honey bee” stirred debate at home, while his feedback of the U.S. war in Vietnam earned him appreciation in a great part of the creating scene.

With time, even his American commentators became rare, and he accomplished close legendary status as he lit the fire to open the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, by then quieted and trembling from the Parkinson’s sickness that harrowed him over the last three many years of his life.

One admirer, Ali Shah, 45, flew out from California to go to.

“It didn’t appear to be an excessive amount to spend several days go to pay regards for a lifetime of motivation by my legend, Muhammad Ali, my namesake and saint,” Shah said. “He’s simply been a positive motivation for me for whatever length of time that I’ve had recollections.”