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Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim

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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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  • Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim
    Photo: Tracy Sigler / Flickr

    In an interview on September 16, 2019, Sinead O'Connor explained that she has always been Muslim, but just only realized it. "In Islam, you don't call it conversion. You call it reversion. The idea is you were born Muslim in the first place, that any person with any logic would realize they were born Muslim all along."

    "That's actually what happened to me, by being a theologian all my life. I never thought that I would join any particular religion, but because I grew up in a theocracy, I was very interested in theology. So I studied all the different religions, and I actually left Islam until last, because I had such a huge amount of prejudice about it actually, you know? But as soon as I read chapter two, I was like, 'Oh my God. I've been a Muslim my whole life and didn't even realize it,'" she added. 

    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Glenageary, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Priest, Record producer, Clergy, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: Vanilla Sky, Little Nicky, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Stigmata

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  • Mahershala Ali

    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, for the 2016 film Moonlight

    • Age: 46
    • 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

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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.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
    • Credits: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Poetic Justice, How High, Why Did I Get Married Too?

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  • Akon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim
    Photo: U.S. Embassy Nairobi / via Flickr
    Akon has stated in the press that he is Muslim and that his full name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam.
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Television producer, Musician
    • Credits: The Karate Kid, Coach Carter, Jennifer's Body, Step Up 2: The Streets

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