9 Celebrities Who Converted to Islam

Chances are you already know these celebrities by name, but do you know what they have in common? They all converted to Islam. Mvslim made you a list of 9 famous people who are reverts!

Malcolm X
One of the most famous people to be identified to Islam is Malcolm X.
Malcolm X, later known as Malik el-Shabazz did not have an easy childhood. Because of this, he ended up in a criminal environment. At the age of 21 he was arrested for larceny among other things. In prison, Malcolm X came in contact with the Nation of Islam. This is where his interest in Islam began.The many conversations with Elijah Muhammed, leader of the Nation of Islam, ensured Malcolm X to convert.

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Muhammed Ali
Muhammed Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time was born as Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky.  In 1962, he became acquainted with Malcolm X who was a member of the Nation of Islam. Two years later, Ali was a recognized member of the Nation.

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Mos Def
Dante Terrell Smith, better known as Mos Def is an American rapper, actor and devout muslim. Mos Def’s father was a member of the Nation of Islam and later followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed.

At the age of 13 his father introduced Mos to the principles of Islam. It was only after 6 years, at 19 that Mos Def took his shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith.

“You’re not gonna get through life without being worshipful or devoted to something. You’re either devoted to your job, or to your desires. So the best way to spend your life is to try to be devoted to prayer, to Allah.”

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Brother Ali
Brother Ali, born as Jason Douglas Newman to Christian parents is a rapper who grew up in Wisconsin, United States of America.

Although he and his parents went to church every sunday, he feels like his parents never really taught him about Christianity. ‘We went to church because my mother thought that is what good people do’, he says. ‘We didn’t really learn religion in our house.’

Brother Ali says he was always more spiritual than his parents. He had a lot of questions that kept unanswered. Initially he wanted to learn all the different religions and make his own mixture. ‘I learned a little bit about Hindoeïsm, Jewdism, but when I got to Islam I really thought I knew what Islam was.’

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Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is not the first of the Jackson family to convert to Islam. She followed in Jermaine’s footsteps. The well known singer-songwriter decided to become a Muslim after marrying Wissam Al-Mana, a Qatari business magnate.

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Lauren booth
Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, Lauren Booth is a journalist from Great Britain and a revert to Islam. She embraced the faith in 2010. She decided to convert after her visit in Iran as a reporter.

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Cat stevens
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens converted in 1977 after a long spiritual search. Just like many other reverts he struggled with a lot of uncertanties, looking for support. He thought he could find answers in Buddhism. However, he wasn’t prepared to become a monk and isolate himself from society.

“I tried Zen and Ching, numerology, tarot cards and astrology. I tried to look back into the Bible and could not find anything”, he says.

After his brother gifted him a Qur’an, Yusuf Islam had the feeling that this was the true religion.

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Frank ribery
The world famous football player, Frank Ribery converted in 2002, at the age of 19. He says Wahiba Belhami, his wife, was the main reason behind his conversion.  

“Religion is my personal thing. I am a believer and since I converted to Islam, I think, I became stronger, I became mentally and physically stronger. Religion did not change my personality or my perception of the world.”

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Dave Chappelle
Not many of us (may) know about Dave Chappelle’s conversion and here is why:

“I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing.”

David Khari Webber Chappelle is a talented stand up comedian, screenwriter, producer and actor. He converted in 1998, after he saw his brother convert to the Nation of Islam.

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Written by Imane Boujdaini

Imane Boujdaini

Imane Boujdaini is a 20 year old student of Finances and Assurances who has a strong interest in the Middle Eastern and North African culture. She is always down for a good laugh (and a cup of tea).