Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Meet #ConfidentMuslim Julian “J-Rock” Williams

“I just want to say Alhamdulillah. I am just so blessed.”

These were the first words that Julian “J-Rock” Williams said in the ring after achieving a lifelong dream of winning the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles earlier this year. Williams, who has overcome many adversities in his life – including homelessness at the age of 13 and watching his mother battle a drug addiction – not only won the fight against Jarrett Hurd after being doubted by many, he did so during the month of Ramadan.

“Alhamdulillah, it’s the month of Ramadan. I just wanna say Ramadan Mubarak to all the Muslims out there.”

We are honored to present Julian “J-Rock” Williams as the recipient of our Muhammad Ali Confident Muslim award at our annual banquet this year.

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