Muslim is a religion that appeals to a wide range of people. It does not only include those who live or are from specific areas — the tenets of God and charity can appeal to anyone. These celebs were either born Muslim or converted to Islam.
SourceOz comes from a Turkish family, in which his father was a follower and his mother was a secular Turk.
SourceO’Neal has never really been outspoken about his beliefs, but in a 2010 interview he mentioned that he wants to visit Turkey and embark on a muslim pilgrimage, called Hajj.
SourceThe model was obligated to convert to Islam before marrying her husband. The marriage dissolved but she is still a devout Muslim.
SourceCassius Clay converted to islam at a very young age. After the attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, Ali spoke against the Islamic Jihadists claiming that they are not “true Muslims.” In addition, he called Muslim leaders to take a stand against terrorism so that people would change their negative views on Islam.
SourceThe youngest Jackson made a name for herself in the 80’s and 90’s, selling over 160 million records and winning 5 Grammys during those years. In 2015, she decided to convert to Islam.
8. Ellen Burstyn
Source Burstyn always plays difficult roles, like in the Exorcist and Requiem for a Dream. However, when it comes to religion she is very practicing. After growing up Catholic, she assures that she practices a combination of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi Islam. These religions might share a resemblance.
Source In 2013, Tyson stated that he is very grateful to be Muslim and that Allah doesn’t need him, he is the one that needs Allah. In remark about Islamic extremists, he mentioned “religion is not bad. It’s people that make religion bad.” You might be shocked to find out that he is supporting Trump. It turns out that they have been friends for a long time.
SourceStevens changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He quit music due to his beliefs. It is said that after September 11 he decided he had a responsibility to represent Islam in a positive way.
SourceIman Mohamed Abdulmajid is a fashion model, actress and entrepreneur and actress professionally known as “Iman”. She is also known as David Bowie’s widow. In her 2001 memoir “I Am Iman” she is open about the difficulties of being a Muslim in the fashion industry.
Source One of the funniest comedians of the 21st century, Chapelle converted to Islam at the age of 25. Due to his religious beliefs he decided to leave his TV show.
Source After leaving N.W.A., the rap star converted to Islam. Back in 2000, in an interview with The Guardian, he calls himself a natural Muslim but going to the mosque, the ritual and the tradition is not in him to do it.
Source This Pakistani schoolgirl miraculously survived a shot in the head from Taliban forces. She became an icon for her advocacy in educational rights for girls in the Middle East. Her advocacy granted her a Nobel Prize and also a spot on Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 3 years straight. Her reply to Donald Trump’s comments wasn’t exactly in his favor. She stated that his comments will ultimately create more terrorists.
Lupe has always had very strong Muslim beliefs. He did not like hip hop whatsoever due to it’s vulgar language among other things, but in the end he decided to pursue a career in it. He states in a 2014 interview that the religion helped him in his favor.
Source Lew Alcindor’s conversion to Islam also led to a name change. Abdul-Jabbar converted when he was at the tender age of 24. In a 2015 interview, he assured to not have any doubts about his beliefs. He stated, “I’m very concerned about the people who claim to be Muslims that are murdering people and creating all this mayhem in the world. That is not what Islam is about.”
Source The artist expresses his beliefs through music. He believes that religion should be about devoting your time to something and being worshipful.
Source Even though Akon was born in St. Louis, he grew up in Senegal where his beliefs were developed. He believes there shouldn’t be a clash between music and Islam due to the similarities in melody.
Source You may have seen Aasif in a lot of shows and movies, such as Spiderman 2 and in The Daily Show as the “Senior Muslim Correspondant.” He is a follower in the Islamic religion.
Source Busta Rhymes is a proud Muslim and not afraid to share his beliefs. His beliefs in Allah is what keeps him grounded and he believes that most people should be that way.
Source Formerly known as Calvin Broadus, Snoop has had many beliefs. Regardless of converting to Islam in 2009, he had a change of heart and chosen the Rastafarian life.
Source You might recognize Tahir from Star Trek, 24 and Grey’s Anatomy. In Grey’s Anatomy, Tahir played a Muslim patient with a tumor, the part probably struck him due to the fact that he is a Muslim follower.
Source Zayn is open about his religious beliefs, but it has caused quite a rouse from a lot of people. The fact that he has tattoos, smokes and drinks doesn’t follow the traditional Islamic religion. Boys will be boys.