List of converts to Islam

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The following is a list of people who converted to Islam from a different 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.

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  • Hamza Tzortis – British public speaker and researcher on Islam. He is known for his book: The Divine Reality: God, Islam and the Mirage of Atheism.[83]

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  • José Padilla – born-American citizen, known for controversial Rumsfeld v. Padilla case. Padilla was arrested on allegations of intended terrorism, but was refused a trial in civilian courts, as well as a defense counsel and civilian court review; he was later convicted for 21 years in prison. Economist Paul Craig Roberts criticized the sentence as having "overthrown" the Constitution[132][133]

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  • Raekwon – American rapper, born as Corey Woods[143]
  • A. R. Rahman – Indian composer, musician, singer-songwriter, producer and philanthropist; he converted to Islam along with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from A. S. Dileep Kumar Mudhaliar to Allah Rakka Rahman[144][145]
  • Yuvan Shankar Raja – Indian musician; music director from Tamil Nadu[146]
  • Richard Reid – British citizen, who adopted militant ideologies. Popularly known as the "Shoe Bomber" after unsuccessfully attempting to blow up an American Airlines flight[147]
  • Nicky Reilly – resident of Plymouth, England, known for the 2008 Exeter attempted bombing; his psychologist says his mental disabilities (which included Asperger syndrome) made him vulnerable to radicalisation[148][149]
  • MC Ren – American rapper and hip-hop producer[150]
  • Franck Ribéry – French national football team player[151]
  • Hamza Robertson (born Tom Robertson) – English singer[152]
  • Jack Roche – British-born migrant in Sydney. Former member of the Jemaah Islamiyah sect, involved in its militant schemes, Roche later chose to divulge his information (of plots such as the September 11 attacks, the 2002 Bali bombings, etc) to ASIO officers, but his calls were dismissed. Later convicted for 4-years, Roche has left the lifestyle behind but remains critical of the ASIO's failure to prevent the attacks[153][154]

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  • James Ujaama – social activist/entrepreneur from Seattle, known for helping black youth; established the Bly training camp; alleged of militant intentions, but allegations were negated; later convicted for violating IEEPA, by installing software for a friend, to use on a computer owned by the Taliban[177]

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  • Joram van Klaveren – former Dutch MP, a politician who attempted to ban mosques and all Islamic practices from Holland; after working on a book to conclusively 'disprove' Islam, Joram's research (and discussions with Timothy Winter) drastically changed his views, he later converted to Islam[178]
  • Jorvan VieiraLuso-Brazilian football coach[179]
  • Bryant Neal Vinas – Hispanic American, once joined al Qaeda training camps, later turning on them to help the US, in attempt to turn his life around; his prosecutors called him the "single most valuable cooperating witness" about Qaeda activities; his judge was angered when, after a 3-month sentence, the FBI refused to provide him witness-protection[180][181]
  • Pierre Vogel – German former boxer, now an Islamic preacher[182]

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Malcolm X

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See also[edit]

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