Phoenix, Arizona (AP) It’s been a quiet life for a Phoenix mosque since its namesake, Muhammad Ali, died in 1974.
But on Wednesday the Phoenix Grand Mosque was named after Muhammad Ali’s grandson, who served as imam for the mosque for 14 years before moving on to become a judge and then a member of the Trump administration.
A mosque named after the late boxing champion has been at the center of a heated debate in the United States over how much power to give to religious institutions.
It also comes amid a national conversation about how the U.S. should be handling the role of religion in public life.
In his first weeks in office, President Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw the U,S.
from the 2015 Paris climate accord, withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and reverse Obama-era regulations.
But the mosque’s name has also been a lightning rod.
On Wednesday, the Phoenix mayor, Greg Stanton, who is Muslim, said he will not allow the mosque to become an official one.
“I will not be part of a mosque where I am not a part of the mosque,” he said.
“The name of the Grand Mosque of Phoenix, which I am a proud member of, will remain as a name of worship.
That will be a religious statement of who we are.”
Stanton said the city would consider a petition for a charter amendment that would rename the mosque, the Grand Islamic Society of Arizona, after Ali.
The name change was not part of any official process, but the mayor said he would have liked to see it.
“It was a big name, and I just didn’t want it tarnished by what happened,” Stanton said.
The Grand Mosque, which is in a residential neighborhood, is a major tourist attraction, with more than 1,300 visitors a day.
Its website lists the mosque as one of the top 10 mosques in the country.
Ali was a champion boxer, and a close friend of President George W. Bush.
He fought in World War II and the Korean War, and he was the inspiration for Ali’s character in the 1980 movie “Fight Club.”
He died at age 76 in a plane crash at the age of 41.
Ali died at his home in Las Vegas in 1995, but a decade later, a private plane crashed and he remained at the mosque.
The mosque has long been an unlikely ally of the Republican Party.
It has a prominent position in the GOP’s national policy and messaging.
Its members often say they want to “preserve the integrity” of Islam, and they frequently take issue with conservative views on a host of issues.
The organization is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic political movement that is banned in Iran.
Ali and other prominent figures in the mosque have also been critical of Trump.
In an interview with Fox News in 2014, Ali said Trump’s stance on Muslims had “stifled the voices of the religious leaders, and made it harder for us to speak up.”
But the president has praised the mosque and its leadership, and the mosque has continued to take in Muslim immigrants, some of whom are American citizens.
“He’s very welcoming, very kind,” Imam Mohamed Othman told the AP.
“We’re not a political mosque, but we want to bring to the table, the voices and the ideals that Islam has to say.”
The Trump administration said it would review the mosque petition. “
In the name of all our fellow Americans, I have no further comment.”
The Trump administration said it would review the mosque petition.
“This petition was filed by an organization with a very narrow interpretation of Islam that has no place in our government,” said National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
“Its clear that it is not consistent with the tenets of the United Kingdom’s laws on the promotion of free speech, and as such, it should not be allowed to stand.”
A statement from the White House said that “the United States stands with our Muslim neighbors in our fight against radical Islam and will continue to protect our great and sacred values.”
The Grand Islamic House of Worship in Phoenix was founded in 1964 by Abdul Wahhab Khan, the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a political party that has ties to Al Qaeda.
The Islamic Society, the largest Muslim organization in the U to have its name changed, has a long history of challenging the faith.
In 2006, it took the unusual step of declaring a “holiday of peace” and asked people to pray on the steps of the U the Grand Palace.
The imams at the Phoenix mosque say they feel a duty to defend Islam and its prophet.
The group has called for the establishment of a Muslim state in the Middle East, the elimination of all non-Muslim