Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam, now called Shuhada’ Davitt

Best known for hit ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ the singer says her conversion is the ‘conclusion’ of her religious journey.

The singer has had a tumultuous relationship with organised religion [Ints Kalnins/Reuters]
The singer has had a tumultuous relationship with organised religion [Ints Kalnins/Reuters]

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and said she has changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.

The 51-year-old has been posting selfies of herself wearing hijabs on Twitter in recent days, as well as a video in which she sang the Azan, or call to prayer.

She tweeted on October 19: “This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian‘s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.”

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O’Connor, who now goes by Davitt, achieved widespread success in 1990 with her cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, a song written by the late Prince.

Controversy has followed her career. The singer ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992 as a protest against the Catholic Church.

In the late 1990s, she was ordained a priest by the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church, which is an independent Catholic group not in communion with the mainstream Catholic church.

She came out as a lesbian during an interview in 2000, which she later retracted.

Originally from Ireland, the singer has been a firm supporter of a united Ireland, under which the United Kingdom would relinquish control of Northern Ireland.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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