Religion has always been a sensitive topic for everybody around the world. We are born with a religion, taught a set of beliefs and are asked to follow that. But some find solace and faith in other religions than the ones they are taught to believe in, for faith has no boundaries. Just like some of us, many celebrities feel the same. There have been many famous celebrities who converted to Islam for the love of the religion or for the love of their life. So, let’s have a look at such celebrities you probably weren’t aware of.
1. Mike Tyson
Michael Gerard Tyson, popularly known as Mike Tyson is a world-famous American Professional boxer. He has ruled the boxing ring from 1985 to 2005 and holds several world records. He was born a Christian but he willingly changed his religion to Islam. He was imprisoned for rape charges in 1992 and after he was bailed out, he decided to adopt Islam and took the name, Malik Abdul Aziz. He believed it would help him to become a better human being.
2. Muhammad Ali
Like Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali was also born in a Christian family and his parents named him Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. He was a philanthropist who decided to change his religion and hence, converted to Islam. Though he had to go through a difficult phase in his life because of the conversion, he stuck to it and continue to be an inspiration for many even today.
Every Bollywood fan knows who Dharmendra is, the charismatic Jatt of the industry. And everytime body knows that he is married to Hema Malini. But before getting married to her, he was already married to Prakash Kaur. Dharam Singh Deol did not want to divorce his first wife and loved Hema Malini dearly. Hindu religion doesn’t allow two marriages which is why he had to adopt Islam Where polygamy is allowed.
4. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg, the American rapper has a history of changing names. From Snoop Dogg, he became Snoop Lion only to realise that the former one was better so he changed it back to the original Snoop Dogg. And just like his name’s, he also has changed a few religions. The last one remains to be Islam to which he converted in 2009.
A.R. Rahman, the best music producer We have in the industry today who’ never fails in making heart touching and fulfilling music. We know him as Allah Rakha Rahman but he was born a Hindu and later changed his faith to Islam. He made this decision after his introduction to Qadiri Islam posts his sister’s ill health. He was deeply touched by the Islamic ideals and that’s what pushed him to convert.
6. Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore is a famous yesteryear Bollywood Actress who also happens to be the wife of the late Indian cricketer, Mansoor Ali Pataudi. They both fell in love and in order to marry her love, she changed her religion to Islam and also adopted the name, Ayesha Begum Sultana. That does sound like a royal name.
7. Hema Malini
Hema Malini and Dharmendra’s love story is no less than a Bollywood movie. Apparently, it was not only Dharmendra who’ changed his religion to Islam but also Hema Malini did the same. They both did not let their religions come in the way of their love. It is said that both haven’t turned away from Hinduism in any manner though.
8. Amrita Singh
Just like her mother in law, Sharmila Tagore, she also changed her religion for love. Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan were married for 13 years. Amrita Singh followed Sikhism but to marry Saif, she changed her religion to Islam. They both had to face hardships before their marriage but post her conversion, things got better for them.
9. Mahesh Bhatt
Similar to the story of Dharmendra, Mahesh Bhatt also changed his religion to Islam so he could marry the second time. Hinduism supports monogamy and disses polygamy, so he took to a religion which supports polygamy. He is a popular Bollywood director, producer and a screenwriter who got married to Soni Razdan without divorcing his first wife Kiran Bhatt. He has three daughters, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt and Shazeen Bhatt. It is believed that he did not only convert to Islam to get married to Soni Razdan but also he now practices it.
10. Divya Bharti
Divya Om Prakash Bharti was regarded as the most popular and the highest paid actress of her time. She started her career when she was just 14 and found love in a movie producer, Sajid Nadiadwala. She converted to Islam before marrying him. Sadly, she died after two years of their marriage.