Controversial aspect of his heritage? Ali being a muslim is controversial, how? The word you’re looking for is inconvenient. The media doesn’t want to promote anything positive about Islam, not when it went through all the trouble to portray Islam as a synonym to terrorism. Acts of terrorism are just that.. terrorism. Islam clearly, absolutely prohibits such acts. When a white guy shoots dozens of kids in a school, the news says ‘an armed guy.’ Period. But if it’s a muslim, the media goes above and beyond to emphasize on their religion. Why?