Akon, the R&B singer known for hits like “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You,” is a Muslim, whose full name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Acclaimed rapper and hip hop producer, Q-Tip converted to Islam and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed.
I read the QURAN and it appealed to me,” Q-Tip told The Guardian of his conversion to Islam in the ‘90s. “At the time I was agnostic and it really breathed spiritually back into me… For me it’s really a cushion. It’s cool. I’m cool with it.
- MIKE TYSON:
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson has held all three major championship belts that boxing has to offer.
n 2013, Tyson told Fox 411, “I’m very grateful to be a Muslim. Allah doesn’t need me, I need Allah.”
- DAVE CHAPPELLE:
In the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Dave Chappelle was considered one of the funniest men in America.
Raised by a Unitarian Universalist minister, Chappelle converted to Islam in 1998. Seven years later, he told Time magazine, “I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.”
- JANET JACKSON:
The youngest member of the Jackson family, Janet Jackson has been a pop culture icon and sex symbol for decades.
Jackson converted to Islam in 2015, just a few years after marrying Muslim billionaire Wissam Al Mana, and toned down the sexuality of her costumes and lyrics accordingly.
- ZAYN MALIK:
Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik is easily one of the most famous Muslims in pop culture today. And unfortunately, his religious identity has been a seemingly constant source of criticism and conflict for the star.