[Ed. – The artist formerly known as Sinéad O’Connor]
Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor announced that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to “Shuhada,” saying her decision was “the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.”
O’Connor uploaded a video of herself singing the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer. She apologizes for mispronouncing some of the classical Arabic words. The Koran is written in Arabic, and its prayers are recited in Arabic, even if the believer is not fluent in the language.
“Once I’ve practiced the Azan a hundred times I promise I’ll sing it much better than the one I’ve Posted,” she tweeted.
The theologian at Islamic Centre Ireland in Dublin, Umar al-Qadri, released a short video clip of the Irish singer reciting the “Shahadah,” the profession of Islamic faith that begins, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
“She’s so happy,” the cleric wrote.
“Her coming to Islam has been a careful and informed decision and follows a lifetime of searching and study,” the imam said in a statement.