20 Famous Celebrities That Are Muslims

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Janet is sad to have fully converted to Islam for the purposes of marrying her husband, Wissam Al Mana. But she's not the first Jackson to convert; brother Jermaine became a follower before she did.

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Funnyman Chappelle is said to have converted to Islam way back in 1998, however, you won't hear him talk too much about it as apparently he wishes to keep his own personal shortcomings from becoming a slight on the religion's name!

T-Pain

T-Pain

He was born and raised in Muslim family, however, has stated that he prefers not to use the term "religion" to describe his own personal beliefs. For the record, his wife is a devout Christian.

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

Burstyn was born and raised in a Catholic family, however, she eventually began to look at the virtues of other religions and decided Islam was for her.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Iron Mike has seen many ups and downs, but it was during his stint in prison for rape that he decided that converting to Islam might help him ensure that the rollercoaster evens out. He's even made the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes

It appears that Busta Rhymes isn't particularly strict when it comes to his faith. Although he claims to be a Muslim, he managed to get most followers of the faith offside when he released the ill-conceived track "Arab Money".

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

All though he has denied rumors he joined the Nation of Islam as many rumors during the 90s suggested, Cube is known to have converted to Islam around that time.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq's first name is an Arabic one meaning "little warrior" (I guess his parents weren't to know he would grow up to become a humongous warrior! Interestingly, he grew up in a home with both a Muslim and baptist influence and reckons the diversity has served him well. It's hard to disagree with that...

Mos Def

Mos Def

Mos Def declared his Islamic religious beliefs in his late teens and has gone on record to state that he believes his religion to be the "strongest advocate for human rights anywhere on Earth" based on "Islam's sole interest" being the "welfare of mankind".

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Okay, so we probably knew about this one, but we had to include him, didn't we? Cassius Clay was born and raised in a family with a Baptist mother and Methodist father, but converted to Islam and changed his name to that most famous of monikers. He used his faith to avoid conscription and was stripped of his title before it was reinstated a few years later.

Ali is one of the most famous Muslims ever.

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

A lot of Fiasco's lyrics deal with the ills of the world and his faith gets plenty of mention too. He is definitely not shy of making his religious beliefs known and is a strong advocate of Islam.

Dr Oz

Dr Oz

The controversial Doc was raised in a Muslim household and was named as one of the world's most influential people of that faith, in 2009.

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Epps is said to be a very close follower of Islam and yet, the man himself has never publicly mentioned his faith to either confirm nor deny those who tell of his strict adherence.

Akon

Akon

Famously, Akon is said to use his religious beliefs to justify his polygamous ways. Some say he has up to five different wives.

Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens

Back in 1977, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He then auctioned all of his guitars and gave the money to Muslim charities. He received criticism for comments he made about the fatwa on author Salman Rushdie in 1989.

In 2005, he said that he believes there is a great deal of ignorance in the world regarding Islam, especially following September 11.

In 2006, he returned to making music, releasing his first fresh material in 28 years.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem was, of course, born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr, changing his name when he converted to Islam. He has very much immersed himself in his faith, venturing to countries such as Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to learn about Islam - even going as far as learning to speak Arabic.

Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi

Rising to prominence on The Daily Show, Mandvi reckons that he probably knew more about Christianity than his own Muslim faith during his time as the show's Muslim correspondent, even telling in a 2014 interview that, when hired for that job, he was "a terrible example of a Muslim." He said whenever the producers of the show needed anything he would ask his mother!

Since that time, it appears he has taken steps to get further involved in his faith, starring in a 2015 web series called Halal In The Family which looks at the misconceptions involving Muslim family's in the West, and addresses issues involving Islam.

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

One of the greatest-ever music producers and a pretty handy MC to boot, Q-Tip converted to Muslim during the 90s, and is certainly among the most successful Muslims in the world today.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

It's very difficult to know how serious Hilton's supposed conversion to Islam is/was after she was said to have adopted the religion in while imprisoned in 2007. Having said that, she also told a TV interviewer that the Christian Bible helped her through tough times in jail too.

So it might seem that Hilton herself is a little on the fence about her exact religious beliefs. But we had to include her anyway....

 

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

A little like Hilton, it's hard to tell how seriously Lohan took/takes Islam, however, she has been seen a few times with the Holy Quran and has included a verse from the text on her Instagram account in the past.