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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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Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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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.

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Age: 43

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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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.

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Age: 50

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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#85 on The Best Current Female Singers

#98 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#82 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#46 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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Akon has stated in the press that he is Muslim and that his full name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam.

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Age: 43

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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#11 on The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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Comedian Dave Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998.

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Age: 43

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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#27 on The Funniest People of All Time

#75 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#6 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#36 on Who Should Replace Jon Stewart as Host of The Daily Show?

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Iman Abdulmajid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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Iman Abdulmajid identifies herself as Muslim, but she says that she does not regularly practice the religion.

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Profession: Television producer, Fashion Model, Entrepreneur, Actor

Credits: Project Runway Canada, Out of Africa, No Way Out, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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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."

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Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey

Profession: Basketball player, Rapper, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur Film Producer, + more

Credits: After the Sunset, The House Bunny, Good Burger, He Got Game

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#17 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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Busta Rhymes has stated in interviews that he is Muslim and that the religion grounds him.

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Actor, Composer Voice acting

Credits: Mean Girls, Fast Five, Easy A, Fast & Furious

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Casey Kasem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30 Celebrities Who Are Muslim
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Casey Kasem was a member of The Druze, an offshoot of Islam.

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Age: Died at 82 (1932-2014)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Music Historian, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor Disc jockey, + more

Credits: Ghostbusters, Battle of the Planets, What's New, Scooby-Doo? Scooby Doo, + more

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#13 on The All-Time Best Voice Actors

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