Former boxing champion MIke Tyson, who embraced Islam while serving a prison sentence in the 1990s, is on his fist visit to the Kingdom to perform Umrah. He arrived in the holy city of Madinah on Friday (july 2nd) 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 traveled on to Makkah to perform Umrah. He also visited Jeddah, Abha, 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 the Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah to receive Tyson.Tyson was accompanied by Shahzad Muhammad, head of the Canadian Dawah Association, which organized his visit to Saudi Arabia."I couldn't resist shedding tears when I came to know that I was in one of the gardens of paradise," Tyson said referring to Arrawda in the Prophet's Mosque."Tyson became emotional when offering Salam to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)," said Shahzad."He cried for more than half an hour while standing in front of the Prophet's grave, raising his hands.""He remained in front of the Rawdah for hours praying, reciting the Qur'an and making supplications," Shahzad said.
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