The following is an
incomplete list of notable people who from a different converted to Islam religion or no religion. This article addresses only past professions of faith by the individuals listed, and is not intended to address ethnic, cultural, or other considerations. Such cases are noted in their list entries. The list is categorized alphabetically by their former religious affiliation.
List of converts to Islam from Major Religions [ edit ]
Undetermined former religion [ edit ]
A. R. Rahman - (born A. S. Dileep Kumar, 6 January 1966)) is an Indian musician, from Hindu family
Abd al Malik - birth name Régis Fayette-Mikano — French rapper of Congolese origins. [5 ]
Abd al Haqq Kielan - Swedish cleric. [6 ]
Abdallah Schleifer - prominent Middle East expert, former NBC Cairo Bureau chief, and a professor of TV journalism at the American University in Cairo who converted to Sufi Islam. [7 ] [8 ]
Abdul Alim Musa - Muslim activist and director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C. [9 ]
Abdullah Ibrahim - South African Jazz musician. [10 ]
Abdur Raheem Green - Born Anthony Greene, Islamic preacher and founder of iERA [11 ]
Abu Izzadeen - spokesman for Al Ghurabaa, a Muslim organization banned under the Terrorism Act 2006 for the glorification of terrorism, that operated in the United Kingdom. [12 ]
Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki - In November 2012, the FBI added Hammami to its Most Wanted Terrorist list. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued in 2007. [13 ]
Ahmad Jamal - Jazz pianist. [14 ]
Ajdin Muzaka - was the commander in the Battle of Torvioll.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad - member of A Tribe Called Quest. [15 ]
Ali Mirza - was a prince of the Georgian.
Alys Faiz - human rights and peace activist; converted at the time of her marriage to Urdu poet [16 ] Faiz Ahmed Faiz. [17 ]
Amir Butler- author, engineer and Islamic activist. [18 ]
Andrew Ibrahim- convicted of Preparing terrorist acts in the United Kingdom. [19 ]
Anthony Mundine - Australian Boxer, Former 2 time Super Middleweight Champion. [20 ]
Antoni Aleksander Iliński - a Polish- Ottoman military officer and general.
Apisai Tora - Fijian politician. [21 ]
Abdul Mirza, first Yusupov Prince.
Aribert Heim, an Austrian SS doctor, also known as Dr. Death. [22 ]
Dave Chappelle - American comedian, screenwriter, television/film producer, actor, and artist. [36 ]
David Hicks - was convicted by the United States Guantanamo military commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, on charges of providing material support for terrorism. [37 ] [38 ]
Derrick Shareef- charged in a plot to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans 22 December at the CherryVale Mall in Rockford, Illinois during the Christmas rush. [39 ]
Deso Dogg, former rapper who went to fight in Syria. [40 ]
Diam's - French female rapper, born Mélanie Georgiades, converted 2010. [41 ]
Divine Styler - American hip-hop musician. [42 ]
Louis du Couret - French explorer, writer and military officer. [43 ]
Dwight Muhammad Qawi - Former boxing world Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion. [44 ]
Frank Ribery - A French national football team player and Bayern Munich German football team adopted the name of Belal.
Frédéric Kanouté - A French Malian football player who currently playes for the Chinese super league team Beijin Guoan.
Jack Roche - convicted of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra. [59 ]
James Achilles Kirkpatrick - was the British Resident in Hyderabad. [60 ]
James Ujaama, a convicted felon who was found guilty of supporting al-Qaeda. [61 ]
Jan Janszoon - Dutch pirate. [62 ]
Jason Walters - Dutch member of the Hofstad Network, convicted on charges of terrorism. [63 ]
Jeff Fort - former Chicago gang leader, co-founder of the Black P. Stones gang, and founder of its El Rukn faction. He was convicted in 1987 of conspiring with Libya to perform acts of domestic terrorism. [64 ] [65 ]
Jeffrey Mark Deskovic - served 15-year wrongful imprisonment sentence. [66 ]
Jemima Goldsmith daughter of the billionaire Sir James, who was married to Imran Khan
Jermaine Jackson brother of Michael Jackson and former member of Jackson 5 group
Jesse Curtis Morton, co-founder of Revolution Muslim, jailed for threats against the creators of South Park. [67 ]
Jesse of Kakheti - a ruler of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 1614 to 1615.
John Allen Muhammad - convicted murderer who carried out the Beltway sniper attacks of October 2002 with seventeen-year-old partner, Lee Boyd Malvo [68 ]
John Ward - (changed name to Yusuf Reis) British corsair and pirate. [69 ]
Jonathan A.C. Brown - American Islamic scholar and Assistant professor at Georgetown University [70 ]
Johann von Leers - advisor to Muhammad Naguib known for his anti-Semitic polemics. [71 ] [72 ]
Jorvan Vieira - Luso- Brazilian football coach. [73 ] [74 ] [75 ]
José Padilla - the respondent in Rumsfeld v. Padilla currently on trial as an alleged al-Qaida operative, converted while in prison for aggravated assault. [76 ]
Juan Carlos Gomez - Former Cruiserweight Boxing Champion. [77 ]
Julia Volkova - Russian singer and actress best known as a member of the Russian pop duo, t.A.T.u., along with Lena Katina. [78 ]
MC Ren - American rapper and hip-hop producer. [91 ]
Malik ul Salih - established the first Muslim state of Samudera Pasai. [92 ]
Maryam Jameelah - formerly Margret Marcus. Author of many books covering several subjects, including Modernism, Sociology, History, Jihad, Theology and Technology. [93 ]
Maurice Béjart - French choreographer. [94 ]
Michael Finton - converted to Islam whilst in prison, who attempted to bomb the Paul Findley Federal Building and the adjacent offices of Congressman Aaron Schock in downtown Springfield, Illinois, on 24 September 2009. [95 ] [96 ]
Michael Wolfe - American poet, author, and the President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation. [97 ] [98 ]
Michael X - black revolutionary and civil rights activist in 1960s London. Convicted for murder and executed by hanging. [99 ]
Mohammed Knut Bernström - Swedish ambassador. [100 ]
Mutah Beale better known as 'Napoleon,' former member of Tupac Shakur's rap group, the Outlawz. [101 ]
Myriam Francois-Cerrah, British Journalist. [102 ]
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