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Celebrities Who Became Muslims

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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 certainly one of the famous converts to Islam. The former heavy-weight champion converted to Islam in the mid-1990s when he was serving time in prison. 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. In 1995, A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip professed his shahada and converted to Islam. Another celebrity who converted to Islam is Ice Cube. However, he is certainly not the only artist or even musician who has converted.

Are you surprised that so many famous people converted to the Muslim faith? Scroll on below to read more about which celebrities converted to Islam. 

  • 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.

    • Born: 1966-12-08
    • Birthplace: Glenageary, Republic of Ireland

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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.

    • Born: 1966-06-30
    • Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Photo: Ira Rosenberg / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    In the mid-1960s, Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.

    • Born: 1942-01-17
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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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.

    • Born: 1932-04-10
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

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