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IN Celebrities ON 01 Nov, 2016
Islam is the only religion that can be found everywhere on earth, and people; including celebrities have tremendous faith in Islam, and they believe only one God exists, Allah. Those who follow Islam, they call it a way of life, because Islam gives you an overview of how a typical man should lead his/her life to live happily.
In today's world, people do have some misconceptions regarding Islam because of the terrorists having Islamic name and background. But instead of all these controversies, Islam remains one of the most popular religion in the world. Talking of popular? Then how can we miss the celebrities who converted to Islam and shocked the world?
Yes! There are some of your favorite celebrities who chose Islam as their way of life. Explore the list.
Recently, 50-years old Janet Jackson captured with her Qatari-born, London-based billionaire Muslim husband, Wissam Al Mana. The younger sister of Michael Jackson, known for her bold avatars was full-covered in a veiled tunic.
Janet added, "I feel like I've found a new home, a new religion, and I've spent a good time in studying it."
In 2008, reports came out that Michael Jackson has converted to Islam, and changed his name to Mikael. Before the mystery could be solved, the legendary pop singer and performer died. The mystery remains unsolved.
While Mike Tyson was in jail for rape charges, he is known to have accepted Islam as the way of life. The most feared and fierce boxer of his time is now an Islam follower.
Olympic medalist and champion boxer, Muhammad Ali was born Christian. His birth name is Cassius Clay. At the age of 20, in 1962, Muhammad Ali met human right activist and an African-American Muslim Malcolm X, who was then fighting for the rights of the African American community. Inspired by him, Cassius soon converted to Islam under Malcolm X's mentorship and started following Sufism practices.
Hip Hop rapper is yet another name in this shocking list of Islam converts. He converted to Islam to spread peace and harmony. It is said that three years after switching his religion to Islam he became Christian again.
Indian music sensation, a star composer/singer/songwriter was born, in a Hindu household, as Dileep Kumar. His mother was inspired by Sufism and belonged to a Muslim family before her marriage. Rahman was born Hindu.
Born Hindu, actress Sharmila Tagore converted to Islam when she fell in love with Muslim cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. In 1969, she changed her beliefs to marry the same Muslim cricketer.
Dharmendra fell in love with Hema Malini while shooting for Sholay in the year 1975. Dharmendra, who was already married to Parkash Kaur, was not able to marry Hema because of Hindu religion and regulations. Both of them decided to get converted to Islam, and in the year 1979, they got married. Hema changed her name to Aisha Bi R. Chakravarty, and Dharmendra changed his name to Dilawar Khan Kewal Krishn.
Amrita Singh was born to a Sikh-Muslim family, and since birth, she had followed Sikhism as religion. Amrita's Bollywood career started in the year 1983 with the movie Betaab. Amrita then went on to marry the son of a famous cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan, who was also a Bollywood actor by profession, Saif Ali Khan.
Just before getting married to Saif, Amrita changed her religion to Islam. After 13-years of marriage, Saif divorced Amrita to marry Kareena Kapoor. Kareena reportedly didn't convert to Muslim for marrying Saif. Huh! Interesting?
Actress from 1990's working in Bollywood and paired with some of the big names of the industry. She even played role in some of the TV serials and in 2013 she married to Vicky Goswami and after marrying him she converted into Muslim.