Singer Sinéad O'Connor Becomes A Muslim: 'All Scripture Study Leads To Islam'

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Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has announced her conversion to Islam, calling it the "natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey."

"This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey," she wrote via Twitter last Friday.

O'Connor, best known for her '90s version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and ripping up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live (SNL), added that "all scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant."

The 51-year-old also announced a name change with the conversion: Shuhada'.

According to the BBC, this is at least the second time O'Connor has changed her name. Last year, she legally opted for Magda Davitt as her new name.

A video of O'Connor singing the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, was also posted on her Twitter account.

"Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan. I got some pronouncition [sic] wrong because emotions took me from my page... but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come," she wrote.

The day before the announcement, the singer posted a video of herself alongside Irish Imam Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri saying the Islamic declaration of faith.

"Her coming to Islam has been a careful and informed decision and follows a lifetime of searching and study," said Qadri in a statement.

O'Connor "has faced many challenges in her life. Where there is light, darkness has tried to envelope it, the greater the light, the greater the struggle with darkness," added the imam.

O'Connor chose the name Shuhada' because "it refers to one who bears witness, as she hopes her life and her voice will always remain a witness to truth, justice and mercy," he explained.

In a controversial move, O'Connor's Twitter avatar is a verse from the Koran with a Nike logo and the phrase, "Wear a hijab. Just do it."

The hijab is seen by many women in strict Muslim countries as a symbol of female oppression, as it is culturally or legally mandated.

O'Connor made massive waves in 1992, when she performed on SNL and shocked the world by ripping up a photograph of the Pope live on air and saying "fight the real enemy."

SNL creator Lorne Michaels told Netflix host and former cast member Norm Macdonald earlier this year that he thought O'Connor was having a breakdown when she ripped up the photo of the Pope.

As noted by the BBC, O'Connor became "ordained" by a breakaway church in Lourdes some seven years after the SNL stunt. The ceremony was not recognized by the Catholic Church.

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