Former boxing champion Mike Tyson to perform Umrah


MADINAH: Former boxing champion Mike Tyson, who embraced Islam while serving a prison sentence in the 1990s, is on his first visit to the Kingdom to perform Umrah. He arrived in the holy city of Madinah on Friday to perform prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque.

While in Madinah, Tyson met Dr. Muhammad Al-Oqala, president of the Islamic University, who briefed the world heavyweight champion on the services being rendered by the university to students from across the world.

From Madinah, Tyson will travel on to Makkah to perform Umrah, press reports said. He will also visit Jeddah, Abha and Riyadh as part of his Saudi tour.

His visit to Saudi Arabia was arranged by the Canadian Dawa Association (CDA) as part of visits it organizes for new Muslim celebrities to the Islamic sites in the Kingdom. Shazad Mohammed, president of CDA, was present at Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah to receive Tyson.

Mohammed, an ambassador of peace with the United Nations, said Tyson would be in the Kingdom for one week, visiting the holy places as well as important landmarks in the country and meeting with Saudi people to get to know their culture and traditions

Source: Islam Online


  1. This is a very wonderful story indeed.You know that in islam redemption is only when you submit fully to your creator(as we do in islam). This guy has done a lot during his lifetime as some of us are doing now.Fortunate to him is that he accepted islam as a means of purification which indeed is.Now we have to recount our faults and repent so that we be amongst those who are nearest to pious ones.May Allah strengthen his imaan and our imaan as well so that there should exist muslims with islamic morals ameen.

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