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Here is the list of top 15 celebrities that converted to Islam
15. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is making rounds on social media for allegedly converting to Islam! The Hollywood diva’s Instagram account is wiped clean with the Muslim greeting “Alaikum salaam” as her shoutout to her followers.
14. A.R. Rahman (Allah-Rakha Rahman)
Known for his remarkable music compositions, the legendary Indian music producer/singer/songwriter was born, in a Hindu household, as Dileep Kumar. While his mother, inspired by Sufism, belonged to an Islamic family before her marriage, Rahman grew up as a Hindu.
It was only after he met Qadiri Islam, when his younger sister fell severely ill, that he was drawn to the beautiful ideals and values of Islam. Inspired, he soon converted his faith.
13. Muhammad Ali
Ever heard of Cassius Clay?
He is none other than the famous boxing champion and Olympic medalist, Muhammad Ali. He was baptized as a Christian and named Cassius Clay on birth. However, in 1962, at the age of 20, the boxer met Malcolm X, who introduced him to the Nation of Islam, an ongoing religious movement to help improve the condition of African Americans.
12. Mike Tyson
The world’s undisputed heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, converted to Islam, while he was imprisoned, from 1992 to 1995, for committing rape. Very few people knew about his conversion until he tweeted a photo of himself, in front of the holy Kaaba in Mecca, in 2010, performing Umrah.
11. Sharmila Tagore Aka Begum Ayesha Sultana
Born as a Hindu Sharmila Tagore, the award-winning actress converted to Islam when she fell in love with Indian Muslim cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. She changed her faith in order to marry Khan in 1969.
10. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Born as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., the star NBA player, converted to Islam, when he found about his Muslim heritage. After tracing his family line back to the Muslim slaves who were brought to US, the pro-NBA player converted to his ancestor’s religion Islam in 1968 and later, changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
9. Janet Jackson
Sister of legendary singer, Michael Jackson, and renowned actress/singer, Janet Jackson converted to Islam in 2013 to be able to marry her Muslim fiancé, Wissam Al Mana.
8. Dave Chappelle
US’s comic genius and one of the world’s best stand-up comedians, David Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998. His conversion to Islam was a result of the inspiration from his brother, who had converted to Islam under the influence of Nation of Islam and his decade old Muslim family friend, Salim.
7. Ice Cube
Famous rapper and actor, Ice Cube, converted to Islam, in the mid-1990s, again by the inspiration of Nation of Islam. While the rapper associated himself with the Nation of Islam when he first converted, he now claims to have cut all ties with the influential group. He doesn’t practice Islamic rituals like going to the mosque but still claims to be a believer.
6. Snoop Dogg
The infamous hip hop rapper, Snoop Dogg, was yet another Islamic convert, with credits to the Nation of Islam. He claims to have joined the movement to spread peace and harmony; however, he changed religions again a short three years later.
5. Dharmendra And Hema Malini
The yesteryear’s Bollywood couple, Dharmendra and Hema Malini, converted to Islam in 1979 to be able to get married. Dharmendra was already married to Parkash Kaur when he fell in love with Malini during the shooting of Shohlay.
4. Omar Epps
Better known as Dr. Foreman from House, Omar Epps is reportedly also a Muslim. Since the actor has always kept his religious views private, there are no confirmed reports on his conversion but it is claimed that not only is he a Muslim by faith but his middle name is Hashim too.
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