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A [edit ] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) – retired basketball player & the NBA's all-time leading scorer. He initially converted from Christianity to [1 ] The Nation of Islam to mainstream Sunni Islam. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson) – retired basketball player [2 ] Tariq Abdul-Wahad (Olivier Saint-Jean) – originally from France, former basketball player for the Mavericks and Kings [3 ] Thomas J. Abercrombie – photographer [4 ] Éric Abidal (changed his name to Bilal) – French football player, converted to Islam after marriage. [5 ] Ivan Aguéli (Johan Agelii) – Swedish painter. [6 ] [7 ] Akhenaton – French rapper and producer of French hip hop. [8 ] Muhammed al-Ahari born 6 January 1965 as Ray Allen Rudder is an American essayist, scholar and writer on the topics of American Islam, Black Nationalist groups, heterodox Islamic groups and modern occultism. Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar (Sharmon Shah) – former NFL player [9 ] Sana al-Sayegh, dean of the Science and Technology Faculty at Palestine International University, converted to Islam in August 2007. Fatah has accused its political rival Hamas of forcing the professor to convert from Christianity, a charge Hamas denies. [10 ] Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; 17 January 1942), from Baptist [11 ] to [12 ] The Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam. Famous American professional boxer (3 time world heavyweight champion), philanthropist and social activist. [13 ] Rowland Allanson-Winn, 5th Baron Headley – British soldier and peer. [14 ] Ryan G. Anderson – former Lutheran, convicted of charges of espionage for Al Qaeda [15 ] [16 ] Farqad as-Sabakhi – an Armenian Islamic preacher who was formerly a Christian known for his knowledge of [17 ] Judeo-Christian scriptures. [18 ] B [edit ] Kristiane Backer – a German television presenter, television journalist and author residing in London. [19 ] Yasin Abu Bakr (Lennox Philip) – of Trinidad and Tobago, Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker (Philip Barker) – professor of Urdu, former chair of the University of Minnesota's Department of South Asian studies and creator of the Tékumel fantasy world. [20 ] Abdullah Beg of Kartli – Georgian convert to Islam who was a claimant to the kingship of [21 ] Kartli. David Belfield – American, fled to Iran after assassinating Ali Akbar Tabatabai, an Iranian dissident. [22 ] Ronald Bell or Khalis Bayyan (born 1 November 1951, Youngstown, Ohio) is an American singer, composer and saxophonist Józef Bem – Polish and Hungarian general Mohammed Knut Bernström – Swedish ambassador to Venezuela (1963–1969), Spain (1973–1976) and Morocco (1976–1983) [23 ] Ibrahim Bey – an Egyptian Mamluk of Georgian Christian origins. Art Blakey – American Jazz musician [24 ] Wojciech Bobowski – raised Protestant, he was a Polish musician and translator of the Bible into Ottoman Turkish. [25 ] Omar Bongo – Gabonese, President of Gabon. [26 ] Claude Alexandre de Bonneval or Humbaracı Ahmet Paşa was an 18th-century French nobleman. [27 ] Tawana Brawley (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. [28 ] [29 ] [30 ] 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. [31 ] Dolores "LaLa" Brooks – American musician. [32 ] C [edit ] Torquato Cardilli – Italian ambassador, converted from Catholicism. [33 ] André Carson – former Baptist, second [34 ] Muslim to serve the United States Congress. [35 ] Count Cassius- Visigothic aristocrat who founded the Banu Qasi dynasty of Muladi rulers. [36 ] Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, education philanthropist, and prominent convert to Islam. [37 ] Dave Chappelle – comedian and television star [38 ] Benjamin Chavis – controversial former head of the NAACP; joined the Nation of Islam. Chrisye – Indonesian singer. He changed his birth name to Chrismansyah Rahadi from Christian Rahadi Hedley Churchward – English painter [39 ] Aukai Collins – fought in Chechnya, paid FBI informant, author of an autobiographical book [40 ] Jerôme Courtailler – one of two French brothers convicted by French authorities in 2004 for abetting terrorists [41 ] [42 ] [43 ] Robert D. Crane is the former adviser to President Richard Nixon, and is former Deputy Director (for Planning) of the U.S. National Security Council. [44 ] D [edit ] Ian Dallas – Abdalqadir as-Sufi — Sufi shaykh of Scottish origins. [45 ] Daniel Streich-is a Swiss military instructor, community council member and a former member of Swiss People's Party. E [edit ] Isabelle Eberhardt – from Lutheran Christianity, 19th-century explorer and writer [46 ] Abdullah el-Faisal – a Muslim cleric who preached in the United Kingdom until he was convicted of stirring up racial hatred and urging his followers to murder Jews, Hindus, Christians, and Americans. [47 ] [48 ] Wadih el-Hage, former Al-Qaeda member who was convicted for his part in the 1998 United States embassy bombings. [49 ] Nathan Ellington – English football player [50 ] C. Jack Ellis – Mayor of Macon, Georgia [51 ] Keith Ellison – American, Representative from Minnesota's 5th congressional district, first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress, converted from Catholicism [52 ] Yahiya Emerick – American Muslim scholar, President of the Islamic Foundation of North America, converted from Protestantism. [53 ] Erekle I of Kakheti – Georgian convert to Islam who ruled the kingdoms of [54 ] Kakheti and Kartli. Yusuf Estes – Former preacher and federal prison chaplain, converted from Protestantism. [55 ] Chris Eubank – British boxer [56 ] Emeka Ezeugo – is a former Nigerian football defender and midfielder played in 1994 World Cup. [57 ] F [edit ] G [edit ] H [edit ] I [edit ] J [edit ] K [edit ] L [edit ] M [edit ] N [edit ] P [edit ] Q [edit ] R [edit ] S [edit ] Salman the Persian - convert from Christianity who was previously Zoroastrian. [135 ] Ahmed Santos – Filipino, fugitive, founder of the Rajah Solaiman Movement converted from Catholicism [136 ] [137 ] [138 ] Ratna Sarumpaet, Indonesian stagewright, director, and actress [139 ] Brad Terrence Jordan ("Scarface") – American rapper Mario Scialoja – Italian ambassador and President of the World Muslim League. [140 ] Betty Shabazz – wife of Malcolm X; former Methodist. [141 ] Zaid Shakir – American Muslim convert former Baptist to Sunni Islam, speaker, intellectual, author, Islamic scholar, and co-founder of Zaytuna College in the United States. [142 ] [143 ] Omar Sharif – Egyptian actor who converted from Catholicism. [144 ] [145 ] Ahmad Faris Shidyaq – Lebanese scholar, writer and journalist who was a Maronite convert to Islam. [146 ] Anthony Small – professional boxer [147 ] Sean Stone – Son of Oliver Stone and documentary producer. [148 ] Daniel Streich – Swiss military instructor, community council member and a former member of Swiss People's Party who led the campaign for the national ban on the construction of new minarets. [149 ] T [edit ] U [edit ] V [edit ] W [edit ] X [edit ] Malcolm X – American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. He converted from Christianity to The Nation of Islam and later to mainstream Sunni Islam. 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