actually i got this from an e-mail forwarded by my friend...
Boxer Muhammad Ali's advice to his daughters
following incident took place when Muhammad Ali's (KELAY) daughters
arrived at his home wearing clothes that were not modest. Here is the
story as told by one of his daughters:
When we finally
arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to
my father's suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to
scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me
down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked
me straight in the eyes and said, "Hana, everything that God made
valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find
diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you
find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and
protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the
mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock.You've got to work
hard to get to them."
He looked at me with serious eyes.
"Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls,
and you should be covered too."
Source: Taken from the
book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His