10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Muslim
We are celebrity obsessed! As a culture, we need to know every detail there is to know. We know celebrity birthdates, birthplaces, who they’ve married, who they’ve divorced, and we want to see all those embarrassing childhood photos! We also want to know celebrity’s political affiliations, race, and religion, all those hard-to-talk-about topics! All the personal details are important to us. Here are 20 celebrities that you didn’t know were Muslim.
Dave Chappelle is a comedic genius that took America by storm back in 2003 with his Comedy Central hit “Chappelle’s Show.” Although originally an atheist, in 1998, Chappelle converted to Islam and even tried to go on the ceremonial pilgrimage called Hajj, but was held up in Turkey because the KSA denied him a Visa. He has been quoted saying, “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. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.”
Shaq O’neil, the big guy! Known for being a basketball superstar and as close to a giant as it gets. Did you know that he’s actually Muslim? It’s true. His middle name is “Rashaun” which means “little warrior” in Arabic. Shaq spoke publically about his faith in 2010 while discussing going on Hajj.
Janet Jackson is known for being sexy, subversive, and comes from an immensely talented and successful family. In 2012, Jackson married her third husband, Wissam al Mana, and converted to Islam. While she is still actively pursuing her career, she spends most of her time being a devoted wife at home in the country of Qatar.
Mike Tyson is most prominently known for being a championship boxer who is an aggressive ear biter! More recently he has made appearances in popular movies like “The Hangover” and “Entourage.” Tyson is also fairy well known for being convicted of rape, and sporting a crazy face tattoo. In 1992, the famous boxer converted to Islam, and is arguably least known for his faith.
In 2009, rapper Snoop Dogg expressed his allegiance to the Islam Nation. He even made an appearance at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day holiday celebration. In 2012, he became a Rastafarian and explored their music too. And now he claims to be a born-again Christian. He never did explain when and why he converted to Islam all those years ago.
Ice Cube, originally known as O’Shea Jackson, converted to Islam in the early 90s while cultivating his rap career. When it comes to his faith, he is very serious and has been quoted saying, “I mean, what I call myself is a natural Muslim, because it’s just me and God.”
Born Faheem Rasheed Najm, Grammy Award-winning rapper T-Pain was raised in the Muslim faith. He has expressed his broad beliefs when it comes to religion, and has said that he does not like that religion separates people. He says, “I try not to put a label on my beliefs. I believe in God, I believe in Jesus. I was raised Muslim. I believe in everything. I believe in Buddha. I believe in whatever it is… I like free will.”
Rapper Busta Rhymes is known for being open about his Muslim faith. He has been quoted exclaiming that his faith helps to keep him “grounded” in life. However, in 2008 he found himself in the midst of controversy because of his hit single “Arab Money” which talks about the limitless hordes of wealth in the Middle East and pays homage to Yasser Arafat and Prince Alwaleed.
American rapper, producer, and entrepreneur, Lupe Fiasco was born in Chicago, Illinois. Fiasco was born into the Islamic faith as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco. Islam plays a huge role in Fiasco’s life, and has always been incredibly important to him. He doesn’t drink; smoke, or do drugs, but says that he doesn’t judge people who choose that lifestyle.
Khaled was born on November 26, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. His brother Alec Ledd (Alla Khaled) is an actor. He has described himself as a devout Muslim.
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