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Sinéad O'Connor Announces Conversion To Islam, Assuming New Name

The iconic Irish singer, now known as Shuhada' Davitt, proclaimed herself a Muslim on Thursday.
The Irish singer now known as Shuhada' Davitt —€” formerly Sinéad O'Connor. Source: Twitter

The singer formerly known as Sinéad O'Connor, and most recently named Magda Davitt, has converted to Islam. She is now using the name Shuhada' Davitt.

She has written on Twitter that she is "very, very, very happy" and is giving thanks to "all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah," referring to the Muslim community worldwide.

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, the head imam and theologian of [IMPIC], posted on Twitter that Davitt had said the — the Muslim profession of faith ("There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his messenger") — with him. Proclaiming the shahada is the act of converting to Islam.

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