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Submitted by Rush Limbaugh's Rogue Pharmacist (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 22:17

Hi there, you say that Mr. Pipes writes that Muhammad abandoned Islam after his involvement. Mr. Pipes didn't write that. He wrote that, according to Sunni Khalid, Ali dropped Malcolm X like a pork chop. Well, Muhammad has regretted that decision since then. In fact he says that is the decision that he regrets the most (http://www.edgeofsports.com/2004-01-15-37/).

However, Elijah Muhammad gave him the name Muhammad Ali and this successfully elicited loyalty from Muhammad, as it was intended to. So when Malcolm split from Elijah, Muhammad felt a debt to Elijah Muhammad. So by no means did he abandon Islam when Malcolm split from Elijah Muhammad. Elijah was increasingly becoming detached from the moral imperatives of Islam and changing into a greedy, less-principled swindler. Ali became an adherent of a more tolerant brand of Islam in 1975 and during the 1980s, as he says, he began to really practice Islam with an open heart and sensitive conscience. (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20020204/newfield)

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