LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (AP) - Those mourning Muhammad Ali's death at an interfaith gathering never mentioned the name Donald Trump.
But the comparisons to the Republican presidential candidate were made clear Sunday night as they celebrated the boxer's legacy at the Louisville Islamic Center.
Dr. Muhammad Babar pondered who, without Ali, might "testify for our innocence in this season of witch hunting."
Christian Rev. Derek Penwell said the world lost a voice that said "love in spite of fear is the greatest expression of power that human beings can muster."
Before his death, Ali rebuked Trump in December when the businessman turned politician called for temporarily barring all Muslims from entering the United States. Ali called on fellow Muslims to "stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda."
Many speakers at the service - including Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Jews - said Ali's death is particularly painful at a time when political rhetoric is dividing the country further.
Ali's body was returned to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, earlier Sunday. A public memorial is scheduled Friday.