Islam is the most beautiful religion. Everyday a great number of people from around the world convert to Islam. The list is very long but I can mention a few prominent Notable People Who Converted To Islam.
Walter Raphael “Walt” Hazzard Jr, later Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (April 15, 1942 – November 18, 2011) was an American professional b player basketball and college basketball coach. He was an NBA player and later converted to Islam.
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The singer, who is Sikh by birth, has belted out some popular chartbusters like ‘Aaja nachle,’ ‘Dil tote tote‘ and ‘Duma dum mast…’. It has been reported that the singer is proud to have converted to Islam and has also expressed a desire to visit Medina. He was allegedly studying Islamic literature for the past few days and has developed faith in the values of Islam as a religion.
Dharmendra (born as Dharam Singh Deol) is one of the most charismatic actors that Indian cinema has ever had. The dashing actor had reportedly converted to Islam in 1979. The actor was married to Prakash Kaur when he fell in love with actress Hema Malini. He didn’t want to divorce his wife but could not marry again as per the Hindu Marriage Act. So he converted to Islam and married Hema.
Music composer, singer-songwriter and music producer, AR Rahman was born a Hindu and named AS Dileep Kumar. However, he converted to Islam later. The musician was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was severely ill. He was enchanted by the ideals and values of the religion. His mother, who belonged to an Islamic family before her marriage, was influenced by Sufism.
Mike is an American former professional boxer. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison followed by four years on probation for rape chargers. He was assigned to the Indiana Youth Center in April 1992 and he was released in March 1995 after serving three years. Hakeem Olajuwon claims that during his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam.
Actress Amrita Singh was born in a Sikh-Muslim family. She made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab and delivered several hits like Sunny, Mard and Saaheb. Amrita, who followed the Sikh religion since birth, converted to Islam just before her marriage to actor Saif Ali Khan, who was Muslim by birth. After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004.
Late pop-singer Michael Jackson, had also reportedly converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel. He had reportedly pledged his allegiance to the Quran in a ceremony at his friend’s house in Los Angeles. The singer was apparently convinced by his producer and songwriter friends David Wharnsby and Phillip Bubal to convert to Islam as they thought that the conversion will make him a better man. He was also told about the fundamental beliefs of the religion. It is reported that an Imam was called from the mosque to administer as the singer went through the shahadat.
She is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Hindi cinema. Mother of famous actor Saif Ali Khan. She married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team, in a Nikkah ceremony held on 27 December 1969. She converted to Islam and took on the name Ayesha Sultana.
B. G. Knocc Out
Al Hassan Naqiyy ,better known by his stage name B.G. Knocc Out, is an American rapper known for collaborating with Eazy-E on the 1993 single “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”. He is also the younger brother of rapper Dresta, who also collaborated in the song. Hinton was sentenced to ten to twelve years in prison for gang-related attempted murder in 1998. He converted to Islam in prison and was released in August 2006.
The Arabs Got Talent contestant Jennifer Grout has reportedly converted to Islam.The 23-year-old American singer, famed for her pitch-perfect rendition of Arab classics despite not knowing the language, seems to have accepted the faith in a YouTube video. The video states that she is declaring the shahadat in front of two men where she said: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet”.