List of converts to Islam
The following is an incomplete list of notable people who converted to Islam from a different religion or no religion. This article addresses only past professions of faith by the individuals listed, and is not intended to address ethnic, cultural, or other considerations. Such cases are noted in their list entries. The list is categorized alphabetically by their former religious affiliation.
Lists of converts to Islam from various major religionsEdit
Undetermined former religionEdit
- Abd al Malik – Frenc rapper and spoken word artist of Congolese origin
- Ahmad Jamal – American jazz pianist
- Ahmed Abdullah – American jazz trumpeter
- Aghsartan I of Kakheti – King of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 1054 until his death in 1084.
- Maria Chin Abdullah – Malaysian activist, Chairwoman of Bersih 2.0
- Nicolas Anelka – French football manager and former player
- Thomas J. Abercrombie – photographer and writer for National Geographic
- Hasan Akbar (born Mark Fidel Kools) – American sentenced to death for the murder of two fellow soldiers during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
- Shaheed Akbar (a.k.a. The Jacka) – American rapper
- Akhenaton – French rapper and producer; born Philippe Fragione
- Baba Ali – Iranian-born American film developer, games developer and businessman
- Muhammad Ali – former world heavy weight champion
- Lewis Arquette – actor; father of actors David, Rosanna, Patricia, Alexis and Richmond Arquette; son of Cliff Arquette
- B.G. Knocc Out – American rapper
- Yasin Abu Bakr – leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, a Muslim group in Trinidad and Tobago
- Mutah Beale – better known as Napoleon, former member of Tupac Shakur's rap group, the Outlawz
- Maurice Béjart – French choreographer
- Robert "Kool" Bell – musician
- Mohammed Knut Bernström – Swedish ambassador
- Wojciech Bobowski – Polish musician; Bible translator
- Lauren Booth – British broadcaster, journalist and human rights activist
- Charles Brooks, Jr. – convicted murderer, first person in the United States to be executed using lethal injection
- H. Rap Brown – civil rights activist
- Jonathan A.C. Brown – American Islamic scholar and assistant professor at Georgetown University
- Abdullah ibn Buhaina – American musician, also known as Arthur "Art" Blakey, American jazz drummer and bandleader; stopped being a practicing Muslim in the 1950s and continued to perform under the name "Art Blakey" throughout his career
- Titus Burckhardt – Swiss writer and scholar
- Amir Butler – UK/Australian author, engineer and Islamic activist
- Celestino Caballero – boxer and former Super Bantamweight Champion
- Dave Chappelle – American comedian, screenwriter, television/film producer, actor, and artist
- Kérim Chatty – Swedish bodybuilding stuntman who was once suspected of attempted hijacking; the preliminary inquiry was dropped
- Zachary Adam Chesser – American Muslim convert to Sunni Islam; sentenced to 25 years in a federal prison on February 24, 2011
- Lady Evelyn Cobbold – Scottish noblewoman
- Louis du Couret – French explorer, writer and military officer
- Uri Davis – Middle East academic and activist who works on civil rights in Israel, Palestinian National Authority and the Middle East
- Shuhada' Davitt – Popular Irish singer who converted to Islam in 2018; formerly known as Sinead O'Connor
- Bob Denard – French mercenary
- Jeffrey Mark Deskovic – served 15-year wrongful imprisonment sentence
- Diam's – French rapper, born Mélanie Georgiades, converted in 2010
- Deso Dogg – former rapper who went to fight in Syria
- Isabelle Eberhardt – explorer and writer
- Baron Omar Rolf von Ehrenfels – Austrian anthropologist and orientalist
- Keith Ellison – U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district; converted to Islam at age 19
- Everlast – American rapper and singer-songwriter
- Emeka Ezeugo - Nigerian coach and former football player.
- Alys Faiz – human rights and peace activist; converted at the time of her marriage to Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz
- Michael Finton – converted to Islam while in prison; attempted to bomb the Paul Findley Federal Building and the adjacent offices of Congressman Aaron Schock in downtown Springfield, Illinois in 2009
- Patrice Lumumba Ford (of the Portland Seven) – part of a group based in the U.S. charged with aiding the Taliban and al-Qaeda
- Jeff Fort – former Chicago gang leader, co-founder of the Black P. Stones gang, and founder of its El Rukn faction; convicted in 1987 of conspiring with Libya to perform acts of domestic terrorism
- Philippe Fragione – French rapper and producer of French hip hop
- Sultaana Freeman – attempted to sue the state of Florida in order to wear a face veil for her driver's license picture
- Christian Ganczarski – German citizen convicted by a French court sentenced to 18 years in prison for the bombing of a synagogue
- Juan Carlos Gomez – former Cruiserweight Boxing Champion
- Khalid Gonçalves – Portuguese American actor and musician (born Paul Pires Gonçalves), convert to Islam from Catholicism
- Abdur Raheem Green (born Anthony Greene) – Islamic preacher and founder of iERA
- Philippe Grenier – French doctor; first Muslim MP in France
- Gigi Gryce – American saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator
- Walt Hazzard – former NBA player
- Yusuf Hazziez – American musician, born Joseph Arrington, Jr.; formerly known professionally as Joe Tex
- Aribert Heim – Austrian SS doctor, also known as Dr. Death
- David Hicks – convicted by the United States Guantanamo military commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, on charges of providing material support for terrorism
- Tony Hussein Hinde – Australian-born Maldivian surfer and surfing pioneer who converted to Islam
- Lim Yew Hock – Singapore’s second Chief Minister from 1956 to 1959
- Ibrahim Hooper (Douglas Hooper) – Islamic activist, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Abdullah Ibrahim – South African jazz musician
- Andrew Ibrahim – convicted of preparing terrorist acts in the UK
- Muhammad Hussain Inoki, born Kanji Inoki, later known as Antonio Inoki, Little Tokyo, Tokyo Tom, and other names – Japanese professional wrestling and mixed martial arts promoter, politician, and retired professional wrestler and martial artist. He converted to Islam in 1990, something he publicly revealed in 2012.
- Umar Islam – one of the suspects arrested in the UK in connection to the 2006 transatlantic aircraft terrorist plot in the United Kingdom
- Yusuf Islam – English singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and activist; born Steven Demetre Georgiou; known professionally as Cat Stevens
- Abu Izzadeen – spokesman for Al Ghurabaa, a Muslim organization banned under the Terrorism Act 2006 for the glorification of terrorism, that operated in the United Kingdom
- Tiara Jacquelina – Malaysian actress
- Ahmad Jamal – American jazz pianist
- Maryam Jameelah – formerly Margret Marcus; author of many books covering several subjects, including todernism, sociology, history, jihad, theology and technology
- Jan Janszoon – Dutch pirate
- Nur al-Anwar al-Jerrahi (born Lex Hixon) – syncretist, Sufi convert, and co-founder of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in the United States
- Larry Johnson – retired American professional basketball player
- Gustave-Henri Jossot – French caricaturist, illustrator and Orientalist painter
- Jemima Goldsmith – British socialite and ex-wife of Imran Khan 
- Frédéric Kanouté – French Malian former football player
- Peter Kassig – American aid worker, taken hostage and ultimately beheaded by The Islamic State; while in captivity, Kassig, formerly a Methodist, converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig sometime between October and December 2013
- Khalid Kelly – former leader of Al-Muhajiroun in Ireland
- Saida Miller Khalifa – British author, originally named Sonya Miller
- Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (born Yvette Blanche Labrousse) – Miss France 1930, wife of Aga Khan III
- Vladimir Khodov – leader of the Beslan school hostage crisis; converted in prison
- Abd al Haqq Kielan – Swedish cleric
- James Achilles Kirkpatrick – was the British Resident in Hyderabad
- Pavel Kosolapov – Chechen rebel wanted by the Federal Security Service of Russia for suspected terrorist attacks
- Colleen LaRose – alleged intended assassin of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks
- Yusef Lateef – American jazz musician
- Johann von Leers – advisor to Muhammad Naguib known for his antisemitic polemics
- Gary Legenhausen – American philosopher and writer
- Omar Ong Yoke Lin (1917–2010) – Malaysian politician, former government minister and founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association
- Abd al Malik (born Régis Fayette-Mikano) – French rapper of Congolese descent
- Khalid Masood - Perpetrator of 2017 Westminster Attack
- Brandon Mayfield – American lawyer who was erroneously linked to the 2004 Madrid train bombings
- Monica – former Indian film actress, starred predominantly in Tamil language films; converted to Islam in 2014
- Jesse Curtis Morton – co-founder of Revolution Muslim, jailed for threats against the creators of South Park
- Ali Shaheed Muhammad – member of A Tribe Called Quest
- Idris Muhammad – American jazz musician
- John Allen Muhammad – convicted murderer who carried out the Beltway sniper attacks of October 2002 with 17-year-old partner, Lee Boyd Malvo; John Allen Muhammad was later executed
- Anthony Mundine – Australian boxer; former two-time Super Middleweight champion
- Li Nu – Chinese scholar in the Ming dynasty who visited Persia, converted to Islam, married a Persian or an Arab girl and brought her back to Quanzhou in Fujian
- Sinéad O'Connor (Shuhada' Davitt) – an Irish singer-songwriter; a former excommunicated Roman Catholic before becoming as Nondenominational Trinitarian Christian for several years and later [Sunni] Islam over theological reasons
- Susanne Osthoff – German archaeologist who had worked in Iraq since 1991 and had been taken captive there for three weeks
- José Padilla – respondent in Rumsfeld v. Padilla currently on trial as an alleged al-Qaida operative, converted while in prison for aggravated assault
- Wayne Parnell – South African cricketer
- Cory Paterson – Australian professional rugby league player
- Christopher Paul – member of al Qaeda, who has pleaded guilty to acts of terrorism
- Bilal Philips – contemporary Muslim teacher, speaker, and author
- Neil Prakash, Australian Islamic State group recruiter
- Charles John Pelham (Abdul Mateen) – 8th Earl of Yarborough
- Raekwon – American rapper, born as Corey Woods
- A. R. Rahman – Indian composer, musician, singer-songwriter, producer and philanthropist; he converted to Islam along with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from A. S. Dileep Kumar Mudhaliar to Allah Rakka Rahman
- Yuvan Shankar Raja – Indian musician; music director from Tamil Nadu
- Richard Reid - "shoe bomber" sentenced to three life terms and 110 years for terrorism, attempt to blow up American Airlines Flight thwarted by intervention of passengers and stewardesses
- Nicky Reilly – convicted of the 2008 Exeter attempted bombing
- MC Ren – American rapper and hip-hop producer
- Franck Ribéry – French national football team player
- Hamza Robertson (born Tom Robertson) – English singer
- Jack Roche – convicted of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra
- Malik ul Salih – established the first Muslim state of Samudera Pasai
- Ilich Ramírez Sánchez – aka "Carlos the Jackal", convicted murderer and terrorist, currently in prison in France
- Ibrahim Savant – one of the suspects arrested in the UK in connection to the 2006 transatlantic aircraft terrorist plot in the United Kingdom
- Frithjof Schuon – Swiss metaphysician and scholar of religions
- Stephen Schwartz – American journalist, columnist, and author
- Derrick Shareef – charged in a plot to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale Mall in Rockford, Illinois during the Christmas rush
- Sahib Shihab – American jazz saxophonist and flautist
- Felix Siauw − Chinese-Indonesian Islamic cleric and author affiliated with Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia
- Roger Stockham – responsible for the 2011 Dearborn mosque bombing plot
- Divine Styler – American hip hop musician
- Nahshid Sulaiman – alternative hip hop artist
- Kabir Suman (born Suman Chattopadhyay) – Indian singer, songwriter, musician, music director, poet, journalist, political activist, TV presenter, and occasional actor; he stated, "I wanted to keep the name my parents gave me, so I kept Suman. I took the name Kabir after Sheikh Kabir, a Bengali Muslim poet who wrote Baishnab Padabali."
- William Thorson – former Swedish poker player
- Apisai Tora – Fijian politician
- Rodrigo de Triana – sailor and the first European since the Vikings known to have seen America who converted to Islam from Judaism or Christianity
- Mike Tyson – boxer, performer
- James Ujaama – convicted felon who was found guilty of supporting al-Qaeda
- Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi – was a well known political, religious and revolutionary scholar
- Jorvan Vieira – Luso-Brazilian football coach
- Bryant Neal Vinas – Hispanic American convicted of participating in and supporting Al-Qaeda plots in Afghanistan and the U.S.
- Pierre Vogel – German former boxer, now an Islamic preacher
- Jason Walters – Dutch member of the Hofstad Network, convicted on charges of terrorism
- Sonny Bill Williams – New Zealand rugby player and heavyweight boxer
- Michael Wolfe – American poet, author, and the President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation
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