The religion of Islam is the world’s most misunderstood, criticized and misinterpreted yet fastest growing religion .It has inspired many from all works of life including the rich, famous and even the non-believers to study as well as accept it. The truth, beauty and simplicity of Islam can never be overemphasized. Below are some popular celebrities who embraced Islam.
World’s greatest as he is been called was a famous professional boxing champion formerly named Cassius Marcellus Clay. He was raised by his Christian parents until he met Malcom X in 1962 who introduced him to Islam and in 2005, he began following the Sufism practice of Islam. Ali was also an Olympic medalist and remained the only three time Lineal World heavyweight Champion and before his death in June 3, 2016 was married to 4 wives and left nine children.
Famous for her music career and sister to legendary pop star Micheal Jackson, Janet is the youngest of the Jackson family (popular American family of singers). Although she still maintain her name, Janet accepted Islam in 2013 before marrying her third husband Wissam al Mana and retired from her music career. Before then, she was also an actress, songwriter, producer, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist and author which really gained her so much success and fame.
This brother is a rapper, actor, filmmaker, and songwriter who chose to keep his religions views a bit private. He is popularly known by his stage name Ice Cube. Raised by his Christian parents, Ice Cube accepted Islam in the mid 1990’s inspired by the then nation of Islam. Cube is rated as one the the greatest MC’s and one of world’s top lyrics of all time.
Renowned for his career as a professional American basketball player and raised as a Roman Catholic. He was formerly called Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. He accepted Islam in 1968 and changed his name. Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA all time leading scorer, lead record six MVP awards winner and one of 50 greatest players in NBA.
David Khari Webber
This brother is one of many Muslims out there fighting for the true teaching of Islam. He once left his controversial show in the middle of production because its content contraindicated his Islamic beliefs. Inspired by his elder brother who had converted before him, Dave Chappelle as he is popularly called accepted Islam in 1998.Dave is a renowned stand-up comedian, screen writer, producer and actor and ranked one of 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.
An American professional boxer nick named Kid Dynamite. Popularly known as mike Tyson, accepted Islam while in prison between 1992 and 1995 for rape charges. His true inspiration still remains unknown. In 2010, he was spotted at Mecca performing Umrah. Mike was well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style and as such, gained him the title of Undisputed World heavyweight Champion and the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IFB heavyweight titles.
Shaquille o Neal
He is one of NBA giants who scored one for the Islamic faith when he accepted Islam in 2010. Although maintained his name which is originally Shaquille Rashaun, he intends to embark on pilgrimage soon. Shaq is currently an analyst on the TV programme Inside the NBA and was one of the heaviest player. He used his weight to his advantage, winning many awards,, some of which include NBA champion, Final MVP and All Star Award.
Another member of the popular music family the Jacksons family, is Jermaine la Jaune Jackson, the fourth member of the family. Popular for singing, songwriting and music production, he gained even more fame when he accepted Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain.
Darkness can never compare to light. It doesn’t matter long it takes, whoever is destined to find the light of Islam will, by the grace of the Almighty God. May Allah (swt) make us firm on deen. amin.