Khutba Message:

" Islam wipes that which came before it. "

Al-Nawawi

Famous Converts


 Ahmad Rashād – Emmy award-winning sports caster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver
 Akhenaton – French rapper and producer of French hip hop.
 Alexander Litvinenko – former Russian spy converted to Islam on his deathbed.
 Art Blakey – American Jazz musician
 Anthony Mundine – former Australian rugby league player for the St George Illawarra Dragons and now a boxer
 Bernard Hopkins – American boxer
 Betty Shabazz – wife of Malcolm X; former Methodist.
 Chris Eubank – British boxer
 Danny Williams – British boxer
 Dave Chappelle – comedian and television star
 Éric Abidal (changed his name to Bilal) – French football player, currently playing for FC Barcelona, converted to Islam after marriage.
 Everlast – Rapper from the Irish-American hip-hop group House of Pain, converted From Catholicism
 Franck Ribéry- a French football player. His name after he converted to Islam is Bilal
 Gabriele Torsello – Italian freelance photojournalist based in London who was abducted in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
 Jermaine Jackson (Muhammad Abdul Aziz) – former member of The Jackson 5.
 Jimmy Cliff – Jamaican reggae musician.
 Joe Tex – soul singer and recording artist.
 John Whitehead – an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
 Dolores “LaLa” Brooks – American musician.
 Loon – American hip hop and rap artist
 Lee Hughes – professional association football player, currently playing for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson) – retired basketball player
 Malcolm X – American, from Christianity to Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam, African-American civil rights leader.
 Matthew Saad Muhammad (formerly Matthew Franklin) – former boxer, converted From Catholicism.
 Mike Tyson – Is an American boxer to Sunni
 Mohammad Yousuf – Pakistani cricketer. Known for holding the world record for the most Test runs in a single calendar year.
 Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay), from Baptist to The Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam. famous boxer.
 Nicolas Anelka – French football player
 Pierre Vogel – German Islamic preacher and former professional Boxer.
 Richard Thompson – British musician, best known for his guitar playing and songwriting.
 Robert D. Crane is the former adviser to the late President Richard Nixon, and is former Deputy Director (for Planning) of the U.S. National Security Council.
 Rustie Lee – British television chef and celebrity.
 Ryan Harris- football player for the Denver Broncos
 RZA – Is an American rapper to Nation of Gods and Earths
 Brad Terrence Jordan (“Scarface”) – American rapper
 Sheikh Sharifuddin Khalifa, Born to a catholic family, a young Sheikh who at the Age of 5, converted 1000 people to Islam and met the leader of Libya
 T. B. Irving – An American scholar, author and translator
 Tariq Abdul-Wahad (Olivier Saint-Jean) – originally from France, former basketball player for the Mavericks and Kings
 Tawana Brawley (changed her name to Maryam Muhammad) – African American woman noted for claiming to have been raped by several white men, a claim determined to be a fabrication by a grand jury. Later in life she converted to Islam.
 Tekuder – Mongol leader of the Ilkhan empire who was formerly a Nestorian Christian.
 Thomas J. Abercrombie – photographer
 Timothy Winter – prominent British Islamic thinker and scholar, and a lecturer in Islamic studies in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge
 Top Topham – rock guitarist from England.
 Torquato Cardilli – Italian ambassador, converted From Catholicism.
 T-pain – American R’N'B artist
 Vincenzo Luvineri – American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks, converted From
 Wadih el-Hage born to a Maronite Christian family in Sidon, Lebanon, a former al-Qaeda member
 William Abdullah Quilliam – 19th century British poet, ambassador and journalist.
 Willie Brigitte – French convert to Islam who associated with al-Qaeda in Pakistan and was possibly involved in a plot to conduct a terrorist operation in Australia
 Yusuf Estes – Former preacher and federal prison chaplain, converted from Protestantism.
 Yvonne Ridley – British journalist, from Anglicanism. She converted after being kidnapped and released by the Taliban.
 Abdullah ibn Salam – 7th century sahabi said to have been a rabbi of aristocratic stock.
 Hibat Allah Abu’l-Barakat al-Baghdaadi – influential physicist, philosopher, and scientist who wrote a critique of Aristotelian philosophy and Aristotelian physics.
 Ibn Yahyā al-MaghribÄ« al-Samaw’al was an Arab Muslim mathematician and astronomer of Jewish descent.His father was a Jewish Rabbi from Morocco, but al-Samawʾal converted to Islam.
 Jacob Querido – 17th century successor of the self-proclaimed Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Zevi.
 Jemima Goldsmith daughter of the billionaire Sir James, who was married to Imran Khan
 Leila Mourad – Egyptian singer and actress who rose to fame in the 1940s and 1950s.
 Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss) – Viennese journalist who visited the Hijaz in the 1930s. Later, after WWII, he became Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations. Also translated the Qur’an into English and wrote several books on Islam. His son Talal Asad is an anthropologist at the City University of New York
 Rashid al-Din – 13th century Persian physician
 Suleyman Ahmad an American journalist and author
 Sultan Rafi Sharif Bey (Yale Singer) – a pioneer in the development of Islamic culture in the United States
 Yaqub ibn Killis – 10th century Egyptian vizier under the Fatimids.
 The Barmakid family – originally the guardians of the great Buddhist shrine near Balkh, upon conversion they became “the greatest family” in the early Abbasid caliphate.
 Mahmud Ghazan – seventh ruler of the Ilkhanate.
 Muhammad Khodabandeh – eighth Ilkhaid dynasty ruler in Iran from 1304 to 1316.
 Mubarak Shah – head of the ulus of the Chagatai Khanate (1252–1260, March-September 1266)
 Tarmashirin – Khan of the Chagatai Khanate following Duwa Timur
 Hussein Ye – An Islamic scholar of Chinese descent whose lectures are frequently aired on Peace TV.
 Parameswara – Malay prince of Palembang Hindu descent from Srivijaya that founded the Sultanate of Malacca around 1402.
 Harilal Gandhi – Oldest son of Mohandas K. Gandhi, later reverted back to Hinduism.
 Sumita Devi – Bengali actress and filmmaker.
 Vilayil Fazila – popular Mappila songs singer from Kerala.[citation needed]
 Murshid Quli Khan – the Mughal governor of Bengal.
 Malik Kafur – Indian military general.
 Abdul Wahid Pedersen – Danish cleric
 Cheraman Perumal – The first Indian king to accept Islam
 Sahaj Ram Sapru – the grandfather of the British-Indian Muslim Philosopher, Sir Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, who was an official in Kashmir during the administration of the Afghan Governor Azim Khan.
 Kamala Suraiyya (formerly Kamala Das) – Anglo-Malayalam writer
 Sharmila Tagore (Begum Ayesha Sultana) – Bollywood film actress
 Kabir Suman- Modern Bengali singer & songwriter officially converted to Islam from Hinduism in 2000.
 Tansen – Notable musician and poet
 A.R. Rahman (stands for Allah Rakha Rahman) – Modern South Indian singer ,songwriter & Oscar winner officially converted to Islam from Hinduism.
 Steven Vikash Chand – Arrested in the 2006 Toronto terrorism arrests
 Abdullah Ibn al-Muqaffa – author and translator of KalÄ«la wa Dimna from Middle Persian.
 Naubakht – Pahlavi translator of the Abassid court.
 Fadl ibn Sahl – Persian vizier of the Abassid era.
 Rattanbai Petit – second wife of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan
 Saman Khuda – founder of the Samanid dynasty, one of the first native Persian dynasties in the Middle East and Central Asia after the collapse of the Sassanids.
 A. R. Rahman (Initially raised Hindu, but was atheist as a teenager until conversion to Islam) – famous Indian music composer
 Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) – British musician and singer (had a nominally Christian upbringing, but never was a believer)
 Mos Def – American rapper and actor.
 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
 Thomas J. Abercrombie -Famous photographer and writer for National Geographic Magazine http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/06/AR2006040602187.html
 Edoardo Agnelli – eldest son of Gianni Agnelli, the industrialist patriarch of Fiat.
 Abd al Malik – birth name Régis Fayette-Mikano – French rapper of Congolese origins.
 Mumia Abu-Jamal – journalist, Black Panther, political activist, and although widely disputed, a convicted murderer.
 B.G. Knocc Out – American west coast rapper
 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.
 Maurice Béjart – French choreographer.
 Robert “Kool” Bell – musician.
 Ronald Bell – musician.
 Mohammed Knut Bernström – Swedish ambassador.
 Khaled Edward Blair – British barrister, later married Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan.
 Charles Brooks, Jr. – converted while serving a sentence for murder; first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
 H. Rap Brown – civil rights activisit.
 Titus Burckhardt – Swiss writer and scholar.
 Amir Butler- author, engineer and Islamic activist.
 Walt Hazzard – former NBA player.
 Craig Hodges – former NBA player.
 Abdullah Ibrahim – South African Jazz musician.
 Tiara Jacquelina – Malaysian actress.
 Ahmad Jamal – Jazz pianist.
 Larry Johnson – retired American professional basketball player.
 Ghostface Killah – member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
 Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan – born Yvette Blanche Labrousse, Miss France 1930, wife of Aga Khan III.
 Yusef Lateef – American Jazz musician.
 Johann von Leers – advisor to Muhammad Naguib known for his anti-Semitic polemics.
 MC Ren – American rapper and hip-hop producer.
 Ali Shaheed Muhammad – member of A Tribe Called Quest.
 Idris Muhammad – American jazz musician.
 John Allen Muhammad – convicted serial killer, known as the Beltway Sniper.
 Anthony Mundine – Australian Boxer.
 Charles John Pelham (Abdul Mateen), 8th Earl of Yarborough.
 Q-Tip – North American hip-hop emcee, actor, and hip hop producer who was the leader of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest.
 Dwight Muhammad Qawi – former boxing world heavyweight champion.
 Jack Roche – convicted of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra.
 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 – metaphysician, poet, painter, philosopher (in the original and Platonic sense of this term), and a leading figure of the perennialist school.
 Stephen Schwartz – American journalist, columnist, and author.
 Derrick Shareef- charged in a plot to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans 22 December at the CherryVale Mall in Rockford, Illinois during the Christmas rush.
 Sahib Shihab – jazz saxophonist and flautist.
 Divine Styler – American hip-hop musician.
 Nahshid Sulaiman – alternative hip hop artist.
 Apisai Tora – Fijian politician.
 Mike Tyson (Malik Abdul Aziz) – former heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Converted while in prison after being convicted of rape.
 Abdul Waheed (Don Stewart-Whyte) – accused of participating in the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot. Jason Walters – of the Netherlands, member of the Hofstad Network,convicted on charges of terrorism.
 John Ward – (changed name to Yusuf Reis) British corsair and pirate.
 Rakan Ben Williams – suspected member of Al-Qaeda terrorist.
 Michael Wolfe – American poet, author, and the President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation.
 Michael X – civil rights activist in the United Kingdom
 Yusuf Chambers – U.K. based Da’ee of international fame. Yusuf Chambers is a young preacher from London, has greatly involved himself in many organizations in U.K. and outside like Peace TV, Islam Channel, Al-Jumuah magazine, Unity TV etc