Irish rock star Sinead O’Connor has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada Davitt, with shuhada meaning ‘witnesses’ or ‘martyrs’ in Arabic.
Her decision comes after she changed her name last year to Magda Davitt and took up the Catholic faith. In a message to her followers on Twitter, she wrote: ‘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.’
The 51-year-old also changed her profile picture to ‘Wear A Hijab: JUST DO IT,’ followed by a Nike tick, a play on the sports company’s tagline. She had previously also been ordained a priest by the Irish Orthodox and Apostolic Church back in the 1990s, but she appears to have closed the door on Christianity for good.
In a follow up tweet, she posted a video of herself singing the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. ‘Here is my attempt at singing the Asan [sic]. I got some pronouncition [sic] wrong because emotions took me from my page…but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come.’
In one tweet she writes: ‘I should have said the Q’raan [sic] CONFIRMS previous scriptures Except where it points out illegal alterations in those scriptures. Made by those who did not submit themselves as they ought have, to God. Who by the way never gets any royalties when people buy the Bible.’
In a separate tweet she 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 revealed that she received her first hijab as a gift from her friend, Elaine.
‘My best friend Elaine just gave me my 1st Hijab and she got chills all over her body when I put it on.’
In a pinned post on her Shuhada Davitt Twitter account, she wrote: ‘Thank you 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.’