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Irish Singer Sinead O’Connor Joins Islam

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Sinead O’Connor has officially joined Islam. The singer behind the hit Nothing Compares 2 U, a cover of a Prince Song, has been a controversial figure throughout her life. On Twitter, she posted a picture of her in hijab and wrote:

“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’”


The Irish singer’s first album, The Lion and the Cobra was a success and earned her a Grammy nomination. Her second album earned, even more, rave reviews and it was in this record that she decided to cover Nothing Compares 2 U by Prince. Her take on the classic Prince Song garnered her worldwide recognition.

After this, O’Connor’s career is marked by a string of controversies ranging from her decision to not perform anywhere the US anthem was played (which made Frank Sinatra say he wanted to kick her ass) to ripping a picture of the Pope during her live performance on SNL.

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During the 2000’s her music didn’t thrive like before, instead, her outlandish antics continued to stir up controversy. Nonetheless, her music continued to feature themes of religion, sometimes even verses from the Bible. She stated in an interview with Cross Rhythms:

“Whatever I may say about religion I actually love religion,” she said in an interview with the website Cross Rhythms. “I’m very inspired by love in the different religions and so if I critique it, it’s not from the point of not liking it – you know what I mean? But I think that sometimes the nature of the God character can be portrayed perhaps inaccurately, in a way which can be off-putting to a lot of people.”


Up till 2007, O’Connor was a staunch Christian but now O’ Connor has officially become a Muslim. A video of her saying the shahada – the Islamic declaration of faith – was also posted on twitter by the Irish Imam Shaykh Dr. Umar al-Qadri. On her Twitter account, she has also retweeted an Islamic video of the famous scholar Dr. Zakir Naike. She has also changed her name to Shuhada Davitt.