This list contains information about celebrities who are Muslim, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and athletes are Muslim. Some of these celebrities were raised in Muslim households, while others converted later in life. One famous Muslim was assassinated by the Nation of Islam when he denounced the religious movement. Here are also celebs who are born-again Christians and celebrity Scientologists.
Who is the most famous person who is Muslim? Janet Jackson tops this list. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but she reportedly converted to Islam after marrying Wissam Al Mana in 2013. Shaquille O'Neal was raised by a Baptist mother and Muslim stepfather. He has been identified as Muslim in several biographies, but he is quoted as saying, "I'm Muslim, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist, I'm everybody 'cause I'm a people person." Featuring American Muslims, Hollywood women, famous female singers, and more, this list has it all. Other celebrity Muslims on this list include Dave Chappelle, Mahershala Ali, and Busta Rhymes.
Malcolm X explored many denominations of the Muslim faith. He first joined the Nation of Islam in the late 1940s and later he explored Sunni Islam. After denouncing the Nation of Islam in 1965, he was assassinated by several of the organization's members. Muhammad Ali also explored many aspects of the Islamic faith.
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Born a Christian, Ali converted to Islam when he was a young man living in California. He is the first Muslim actor to ever win an Academy Award.
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
Profession: Rapper, Actor
Credits: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The 4400, Alphas, Predators, The Place Beyond the Pines, + more
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Janet Jackson was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but she reportedly converted to Islam after marrying Wissam Al Mana in 2013.
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
Credits: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Poetic Justice, How High, Why Did I Get Married Too?
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Akon has stated in the press that he is Muslim and that his full name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam.
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Television producer, Musician, + more
Credits: The Karate Kid, Coach Carter, Jennifer's Body, Step Up 2: The Streets
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Comedian Dave Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998.
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
Credits: Block Party, Half Baked, Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
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