The Westboro Baptist Church, a notorious hate group condemned by mainstream Christian groups, is planning on ruining and degrading the service plans for Muhammad Ali's funeral by threatening to burn the Quran, which is the central religious text of Islam.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942, converted to Islam when he was just 22. His funeral will likely be set during Ramadan and if the group's threat will follow through, the Westboro Baptist Church will undoubtedly anger the Muslim world.
The group has reportedly promised to have a picket sign at Muhammad Ali's funeral saying "Christ is the only way!" Yolanda Williams, Muhammad Ali's wife, has yet to respond to the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing plans.
The group started to spread hate activities even before reports could confirm Muhammad Ali's cause of death.
"A platform wasted with vanity and pride. God gave him gifts. Failing to warn against sin equals theft from God!" the Western Baptist Church declared claiming that Ali is "now in hell."
Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion and civil rights activist who was an iconic figure of the 20th century, had died at the age of 74 due to health problems with complications in a long fight against Parkinson's disease.
"Muhammad's legacy is what gets most of my attention and energy. Muhammad's legacy is not just for me and his children and grandchildren, it's a legacy for the world ... God gives us gifts in life and I firmly believe Muhammad is a gift to this world. To let his legacy be lost would almost be sinful," Williams said, as quoted by Boxing.com, reflecting on the greatness of his husband.
It was announced that the funeral of Muhammad Ali, which will be in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, will be open to everybody. Ali's life will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service.