Rock Star Sinead O'Connor Becomes Muslim
The Irish rock star Sinead O’Connor announced last week becoming a Muslim and changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.
She announced the news on her Twitter account, describing her conversion as a “natural conclusion” of religious study:
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. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’
Last year, the 51-year-old legally changed her name to Magda Davitt and adopted the Twitter profile @MagdaDavitt77.
She later shared several images of herself wearing hijab and changed her witter avatar to one that has the words “Wear a hijab. Just do it.” above the Nike swerve logo.
In 1992, at the height of her career as Sinead O’Connor, the superstar appeared on Saturday Night Live, where she angrily sang a fiery cover of Bob Marley’s “War,” then tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Many viewers didn’t realize she intended the performance as commentary on the Catholic Church’s abuse of children, which was then not as well-known as it is today. Back then the moment made her the scourge of the world; today some have seen her action as vindicated.
In 1999, the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer was ordained a priest by Bishop Michael Cox of the Catholic Latin Tridentine Church in Lourdes. At the time, she was renamed Mother Bernadette Mary.
In many past interviews she said that her Christian faith has helped her overcome personal turmoil but in 2011 she labelled the Vatican a “nest of vipers” over alleged child sex abuse.
The singer has been passionate about social justice and political activism. In the last two years it was apparent that she was going through a struggle that made her entourage fear she was suicidal. Since her conversion, Davitt seems to be at peace and has better exposed a sense of humor for which she wasn’t exactly known.