All Madonna had to do was to let it be known that she is reading Koran, the Muslim Holy Book, to spark rumors that she is converting to Islam, even though the singer herself says, “I think it is important to study all the holy books”.
“As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn’t agree more,’clearly reflecting her interest in the theology and knowledge of the subject rather than a change of belief.
Celebrities converting to Islam are nothing new on the rumor mill. Even though there are several who have had a change of faith in reality, there are those who have been speculated about and rumored and even propagated as Muslims far and wide.
If the rumors are to be believed, everyone from Justin Bieber to Prince Charles has converted to Islam at one time or another!
Let’s start with the least likely.
It was over a decade ago, but all it took was a visit to a mosque to start rumors that Prince Charles had converted to Islam. But this was not the only time. News of the crown prince ditching the church for a mosque has circulated on more than one occasion. Earlier this year, when he visited Qatar with his wife Camilla, the same rumors started spreading about them, especially after he revealed that he had been learning Arabic to read and understand the Koran. One headline even read, ‘Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles Embrace Islam and The Koran? Kate Middleton Disgusted’
And while we are on the subject of the future King and his religious inclinations, one must take a look at his mother’s supposed Muslim lineage. According to Burke’s Peerage, Queen Elizabeth II descended from the Prophet Muhammad.
So, there’s a page on Facebook called Celebrities Convert to Islam that has a timeline full of celebrities who have apparently ‘converted to Islam.’ Of Justin Bieber, this is what they have to say:
“Justin Bieber converts to Islam, World fails to notice
Heard from a reliable source, Justin Bieber converted to Islam in Europe thats why he and Selena Gomez are having issues.
Sources though say Selena doesn’t mind converting! She just wants to keep it on the DL until after the Easter holidays, her parents and all.”
Of course, they are joking, but what probably inspired them was the claim that the young star had converted to Islam because he stopped twice during prayer calls in Turkey in the middle of a concert.
Michael Jackson has always been the hottest one on the Muslim-or-Not bandwagon. Though his brother Jermain Jackson openly converted to Islam, there is no proof that Michael ever did. That did not stop people from claiming that he did, though, especially when he spent some part of his life in the Gulf.
In 2008, The Telegraph reported that Michael had converted to Islam in a ceremony at a friend's house in Los Angeles and the claim was repeated a year later when the British tabloid, The Sun, published a piece claiming that Michael Jackson had changed his name to Mikael.
Recently, however, Jermaine Jackson said that he believes his brother Michael was in the process of converting to Islam before his death in 2009.
Even the details of his decision to convert were circulating widely. Apparently, Mr Bean explained that a movie about Prophet Muhammad called the “Innocent of Muslims” was the main reason he turned to a new faith.
Oh yes, even the great playboy Clooney has been one of the celebrities who embraced the religion of Islam. The believers of the claim say that the star has been fascinated with the Islamic world for a while now – his movies Three Kings and Syriana come to mind. But conversion talk really began with his rumored relationship with Fatima Bhutto, the niece of Pakistan’s assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Tada! Need we say more?
Brittany’s assumed leap of faith had more to do with her erstwhile paparrazo boyfriend Adnan Ghalib for whom she waswilling to convert and even tie the knot. The press even contemplated that she might be moving to Pakistan.