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Famous People Who Converted To Islam 

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Updated March 27, 2020 107.9k views 18 items

Several famous rappers, actors, and athletes have converted to Islam. Some famous converts to the Muslim faith were previously Christian, while others weren't very religious. Most famous converts to Islam changed their names when they adopted their new faith.

Who is the most famous person who converted to Islam? Mike Tyson is near the top. The former heavy-weight champion converted to Islam in the mid-1990s when he was serving time in prison in conjunction with a rape conviction. Another boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, also converted to Islam in the mid-1960s.

After touring the Middle East in 1989, Jermaine Jackson converted to Islam. He said, "A great ripple had taken place in my thought. I made failing attempts to console myself that nothing had happened, but I could not conceal this fact any longer from myself that at heart I had converted to Islam." In 1995, A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip professed his shahada and converted to Islam. Other famous celebrities who converted to Islam include Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, and Malcolm X.

Are you surprised that so many famous people converted to the Muslim faith? Take a look at this list to see who else has converted.

Sinéad O'Connor ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Converted To Islam
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Sinéad O'Connor converted to Islam in 2018, taking on the name Shuhada' Davitt.

She took to Twitter to make her announcement and has made numerous posts since thanking her "Muslim brothers and sisters" and has even shared a video of herself singing the Azan.

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Converted To Islam
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Mike Tyson converted to Islam in the mid-1990s when he was serving time in prison in conjunction with a rape conviction.

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Omar Sharif is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Converted To Islam
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Omar Sharif converted to Islam so he could marry Faten Hamama in 1955.

At that time, he changed his name from his given name, Michel Chalhoub.

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