Singer Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam, will now be called Shuhada Davitt
The rockstar took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news of her conversion to Islam and also shared a picture of her wearing a hijab
Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor has converted to Islam and changed her named to Shuhada', which means 'martyrs' in Arabic, according to reports. The rockstar took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news and also shared a picture of her wearing a hijab, with the caption: "This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim."
The mother-of-four, who was ordained a priest by a fringe Catholic group in the 1990s, added: "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."
The singer spelled her name with an apostrophe at the end and said that her full name now is Shuhada' Davitt. She also changed her profile picture on Twitter to the Nike tick, with the caption "wear a hijab. Just do it."
The singer, who has struggled with her mental health, also said that she was first given a hijab by her friend Elaine and when she put it on she "got chills all over" her body. The rockstar also posted a video of herself last Friday, of her singing the Islamic call to prayer called the Adhan.
"Here is my attempt at singing the Azan [sic]. 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 as she shared the video.
She later added: "Sorry re all the mistakes in my Azan…1st attempt. When I've practised it 30 times I'm Gonna make the world stop turning."
The singer, on Thursday, tweeted that ever since she announced her decision to change her religion, she has been inundated with welcome messages from her "Muslim brothers and sisters."
"Thank you so much to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah today on this page. You can't begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me," O'Connor wrote.
The singer had last changed her name to Magda Davitt in 2017, and had said in an interview that she had done so because she wished to be "free of parental curses."
O'Conner had sparked concerns about her health in August 2017 after she posted a video from New Jersey, in which she said he was battling suicidal thoughts.
Thank you so much to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah today on this page. You can’t begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Shuhada’ Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) October 25, 2018
"I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the a**e end of New Jersey. I'm all by myself. And there's absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist - the sweetest man on earth, who says I'm his hero - and that's about the only f***ing thing keeping me alive at the moment... and that's kind of pathetic," she said in the video last year.
"I want everyone to know what it's like, that's why I'm making this video. Mental illness, it's like drugs, it doesn't give a s*** who you are, and equally what's worse, it's the stigma, it doesn't give a s*** who you are. Suddenly all the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s***. It's like a witch hunt," she had said in the video.