On September 13, 2001, Muhammad Ali issued a press release which read, in part: "I am a Muslim. I am an American. As an American Muslim, I want to express my deep sadness and anguish at the tremendous loss of life that occurred on Tuesday. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not promote terrorism or the killing of people...I pray that God blesses the people and families of those who were killed, and our great country."