Entertainment

Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim 

Celebrity Lists
Updated August 5, 2020 851.8k views 31 items

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.

Do you think that being Muslim helped these famous people succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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: 52

Birthplace: Glenageary, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Priest, Record producer, Clergy, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Vanilla Sky, Little Nicky, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Stigmata

More Sinéad O'Connor 

An In-Depth Behind-The-Scenes Look At Sinead O'Connor's Controversial 'SNL' Appearance #181 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #260 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/CC-BY-SA

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: 45

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

More Mahershala Ali 

The Best Mahershala Ali Movies #193 of 276 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #725 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History

Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Celebrity You Didn't Know Is Muslim
Photo:  J0 anna/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0
Janet Jackson was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but she reportedly converted to Islam after marrying Wissam Al Mana in 2013.

Age: 52

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?

More Janet Jackson 

The Best Janet Jackson Songs #194 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #49 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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: 45

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

More Akon 

The Best Akon Albums, Ranked #906 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison