By REGINA F. GRAHAM FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
The family of boxing legend Muhammad Ali joined thousands of mourners for the traditional Muslim prayer service at Kentucky's Freedom Hall on Thursday to celebrate the sporting legend's extraordinary life.
More than 14,000 thousand mourners attended the traditional Muslim Jenazah service which last a little over an hour for the three-time world champion boxer who died Friday at age 74.
His widow and fourth wife, Lonnie, daughters, Laila and Hana, and granddaughter Sydney, were photographed inside looking somber at the service, which marks the start of two days of ceremonies honoring the Muslim-convert sports star who died following a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
In addition, Ali's second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, and his third wife, Veronica Porche-Ali, whom he had an affair with prior to marrying, were in attendance. His first wife, Sonji Roi, passed away in 2005.
Muslims traveled from all over the world to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a Kentucky arena for a final tribute to Ali.
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Somber: Muhammad Ali's second wife Khalilah Camacho-Ali (left), stands next to his widow and fourth wife, Lonnie Ali (center), and daughter Laila Ali (right), who is holding her daughter, Sydney, during an Islamic prayer service called a Jenazah on Thursday
Veronica Porche-Ali (left), Muhammad Ali's former wife, attends his Jenazah and is seated next to his daughter, Hana's husband, Kevin Casey (right). Veronica Porche-Ali was married to the boxer from 1977 to 1986
Muhammad Ali's wife, Lonnie (left), and daughter, Laila Ali (center), attend his Jenazah, a traditional Islamic Muslim service, in Freedom Hall on Thursday
Laila Ali is pictured above holding her daughter, Sydney, as Lonnie bows her head while wearing dark sunglasses inside the service
Imam Zaid Shakir presides over Muhammad Ali's Jenazah inside Freedom Hall on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky
Farewell: The coffin of late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is pictured above as it arrives for the Jenazah in Louisville, Kentucky
The three-time world champion boxer's body was wheeled into Freedom Hall by officials for Thursday's Jenazah service
Mourners snapped photos and took videos of the somber moment as the boxer's body was brought into the Freedom Hall
Muhammad Ali (pictured above in 1966) died on June 3 in a Phoenix-area hospital. The champion fighter is pictured above in November of 1970 as he pounds away at the bag in Miami Beach, Florida
He died after being taken to hospital with a respiratory condition complicated by his long-term struggle with Parkinson's disease. Above Ali and Lonnie, attend the 4th Annual Life Changing Lives Gala honoring the legend in 2011
A black hearse carrying the body of famed boxer Muhammad Ali was led by a police escort from a funeral home on Thursday
Imam Zaid Shakir, a prominent US Muslim scholar, led the Jenazah prayer service. He told the crowd: 'We welcome all of you here today. We welcome the Muslims, we welcome the members of other faith communities, we welcome the law enforcement community.
'We welcome our sisters, our elders, our youngsters. All were beloved to Muhammad Ali.'
In an introductory prayer, Shakir said: 'Oh God, Almighty God, don't deprive us of his reward, don't cast us into tribulation after his departure. Forgive us and forgive him.'
Sherman Jackson, a member of the Muslim American community, offered condolences to Muhammad Ali's family at the prayer service for the boxing great, saying his death has taken something away 'from the sweetness of life itself.'
Jackson said Ali belonged to everyone but was 'an unapologetic fighter in the cause of black people in America — and not just the classes among black folks, but even more especially the masses.'
'Ali was the people's champion, and champion he did the cause of his people,' Jackson said.
He added that Ali 'did more to normalize Islam in this country than perhaps any other Muslim in the history of the United States,' exceeding the achievements of scholars and clerics because he demonstrated the religion's generosity and power.