Celebrities you didn't know are Muslims

Mahershala Ali -
Mahershala Ali converted to Islam in 2000. In 2017, he became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award.

Irrfan Khan -
The late actor found success in both Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Khan was born in India and raised in a Muslim family.

Akon -
The R&B singer, whose full name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is also a Muslim. 

Busta Rhymes -
The rapper is a devout Muslim. "I try to really just understand every aspect about the most high. For me, the most high is Allah... And I live my life by Islam," he said.

Shaquille O'Neal - The former NBA star has said that he doesn't identify as being part of just one religion, but claimed in an interview that he'd like to make Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

French Montana -
The rapper, born Karim Kharbouch, has said that his religion plays a big role in his success. "It's just about doing positive ... You fear not doing the right the thing," he added.

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam -
The British singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens became a Muslim in 1977, after which he went on hiatus. Yusuf Islam returned to music in 2001.

Riz Ahmed -
The British actor has spoken out about the difficulties in being a Muslim in a Western country. "It's really scary to be a Muslim right now, super scary," said Ahmed.

Omar Sharif -
The late Egyptian actor was born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub. He converted to Islam in 1955 to marry Faten Hamama, and changed his name to Omar Sharif.

Hakeem Olajuwon -
The former NBA player, who is considered one of the greatest centers in the history of the sport, is also a Muslim.

Q-Tip -
The rapper and producer, best known as being a member of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, converted to Islam in 1990.

Shohreh Aghdashloo -
The Iranian-American actress was born into a Muslim household. According to Aghdashloo, her identity cost her a role in the 2011 movie 'The Adjustment Bureau.'

Faran Tahir -
The Pakistani-American actor is a Muslim. He is known for starring in movies such as 'Iron Man' (2008), but also for playing Muslim characters.

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