Converts to Islam
United Kingdom and France, up to 100,000 people converted in the last decade in each country [1 ] Germany (up to 4000 a year) and many other places around the world. [2 ]
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 ]
Abd al Malik – birth name Régis Fayette-Mikano — French rapper of Congolese descent [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.
Abdul Alim Musa – Muslim activist; director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C.
Abdullah ibn Buhaina – American musician, also known as Arthur "Art" Blakey, American jazz drummer and bandleader. He stopped being a practicing Muslim in the 1950s and continued to perform under the name "Art Blakey" throughout his career. [7 ]
Abdullah Ibrahim – South African jazz musician [8 ]
Abdur Raheem Green (born Anthony Greene); Islamic preacher and founder of iERA [9 ]
Abu Ali ibn Muhammad – King of the Ghurid dynasty
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. [10 ]
Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki – added in November 2012 by the FBI to its Most Wanted Terrorist list. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued in 2007. [11 ]
Ahmad Jamal – American jazz pianist [12 ]
Ahmed Abdullah – American jazz trumpeter. [13 ]
Ajdin Muzaka – Military commander in the Battle of Torvioll.
Akhenaton – French rapper and producer; born Philippe Fragione. [14 ]
Allah-Rakha Rahman – Indian composer, musician, singer-songwriter, producer and philanthropist; he converted to Islam (his mother's religion) with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from R.S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman. [15 ] [16 ]
Ali Shaheed Muhammad – member of A Tribe Called Quest. [17 ]
Ali Mirza – Georgian prince
Aghsartan I of Kakheti – King of Georgia
Alys Faiz – human rights and peace activist; converted at the time of her marriage to Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. [18 ]
Aminah Assilmi –[United States] Aminah Assilmi (born Janice Huff, 1945 – 5 March 2010) was a broadcast journalist, national Muslim community activist and director of the International Union of Muslim Women. Formerly a Southern Baptist preacher, she converted to Islam in 1977 in college while trying to convert some Muslims to Christianity.
Amina Wadud –[United States] was born as Mary Teasley to an Afro-American Family in Bethesda, Maryland. Her father was a Methodist minister. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, between 1970 and 1975. In 1972 she pronounced the shahadah. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies and her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan in 1988.
Amir Butler – UK/Australian author, engineer and Islamic activist [19 ]
Andrew Ibrahim – convicted of preparing terrorist acts in the UK. [20 ]
Anthony Mundine – Australian boxer; former two-time Super Middleweight champion. [21 ]
Antoni Aleksander Iliński – Polish- Ottoman military officer and general.
Apisai Tora – Fijian politician [22 ]
Anne Frances Beaumont – AustraliaSilma Ihram (born Anne Frances Beaumont c. 1954) is an Australian pioneer of Muslim education in the West, founder and former school Principal of the 'Noor Al Houda Islamic College' in Sydney, and a campaigner for racial tolerancen
Aribert Heim – Austrian SS doctor, also known as Dr. Death. [23 ]
Dave Chappelle – American comedian, screenwriter, television/film producer, actor, and artist. [37 ]
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. [38 ] [39 ]
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. [40 ]
Deso Dogg, former rapper who went to fight in Syria. [41 ]
Diam's – French female rapper, born Mélanie Georgiades, converted 2010. [42 ]
Divine Styler – American hip-hop musician. [43 ]
Louis du Couret – French explorer, writer and military officer. [44 ]
Dwight Muhammad Qawi – Former boxing world Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion.
Jack Roche – convicted of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra. [65 ]
James Achilles Kirkpatrick – was the British Resident in Hyderabad. [66 ]
James Ujaama, a convicted felon who was found guilty of supporting al-Qaeda. [67 ]
Jan Janszoon – Dutch pirate. [68 ]
Jason Walters – Dutch member of the Hofstad Network, convicted on charges of terrorism. [69 ]
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. [70 ] [71 ]
Jeffrey Mark Deskovic – served 15-year wrongful imprisonment sentence. [72 ]
Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of the billionaire Sir James Goldsmith; former wife of Imran Khan
Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson and former member of Jackson 5.
Jesse Curtis Morton, co-founder of Revolution Muslim, jailed for threats against the creators of South Park. [73 ]
Jesse of Kakheti – a ruler of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 1614–15.
John Allen Muhammad – convicted murderer who carried out the Beltway sniper attacks of October 2002 with 17-year-old partner, Lee Boyd Malvo; John Allen Muhammad was later executed. [74 ]
John Ward (changed name to Yusuf Reis) –British corsair and pirate.
Jonathan A.C. Brown – American Islamic scholar and Assistant professor at Georgetown University [75 ]
Johann von Leers – advisor to Muhammad Naguib known for his anti-Semitic polemics. [76 ] [77 ]
Jorvan Vieira – Luso- Brazilian football coach. [78 ] [79 ] [80 ]
José Padilla – the respondent in Rumsfeld v. Padilla currently on trial as an alleged al-Qaida operative, converted while in prison for aggravated assault. [81 ]
Juan Carlos Gomez – Former Cruiserweight Boxing Champion. [82 ]
Julia Volkova – Russian singer and actress best known as a member of the Russian pop duo, t.A.T.u. [83 ]
Kabir Suman (born Suman Chattopadhyay) – Indian singer, songwriter, musician, music director, poet, journalist, political activist, TV presenter, and occasional actor. A convert, he stated that "I wanted to keep the name my parents gave me, so I kept Suman. I took the name Kabir after Sheikh Kabir, a Bengali Muslim poet who wrote Baishnab Padabali." [84 ]
Kérim Chatty – Swedish bodybuilding stuntman who was once suspected of attempted hijacking; the preliminary inquiry was dropped. [85 ]
Khaled Edward Blair – British barrister, later married Princess Badiya bint Al Hassan of Jordan.
Khalid Gonçalves – Portuguese American actor and musician (born Paul Pires Gonçalves), convert to Islam from Catholicism. [86 ]
Khalid Kelly, former leader of Al-Muhajiroun in Ireland. [87 ]
Khalid Sheldrake – an English pickle manufacturer who established a branch of the Western Islamic Association in South Shields in 1930.
Kristiane Backer – former presenter, MTV Europe
Kumba Iala – Former President of Guinea Bissau, changed his name to Mohamed Ialá Embaló.
Malik ul Salih – established the first Muslim state of Samudera Pasai. [98 ]
Maryam Jameelah – formerly Margret Marcus; author of many books covering several subjects, including Modernism, Sociology, History, Jihad, Theology and Technology. [99 ]
Maurice Béjart – French choreographer [100 ]
MC Ren – American rapper and hip-hop producer. [101 ]
Michael Finton – converted to Islam while in prison, who attempted to bomb the Paul Findley Federal Building and the adjacent offices of Congressman Aaron Schock in downtown Springfield, Illinois, on September 24, 2009. [102 ] [103 ]
Michael Wolfe – American poet, author, and the President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation. [104 ]
Malcolm X – black revolutionary and civil rights activist (1925–1965) read 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' for more information.
Mike Tyson – boxer, performer; convert to Sufism [105 ]
Mohammed Knut Bernström – Swedish ambassador. [106 ]
Mohammad Yousuf – Former Pakistani cricketer [107 ]
Muhammad Ali – Former world heavy weight champion [108 ]
Muhammad Asad – formerly Leopold Weiss, a Jewish-born Austro-Hungarian born journalist, traveler, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist, diplomat and Islamic scholar.
Mutah Beale, better known as Napoleon, former member of Tupac Shakur's rap group, the Outlawz. [109 ]
Monica (actress) , former Indian film actress, who starred predominantly in Tamil language films reverted to Islam in 2014. [110 ]
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