Activism and politics

Malcolm X (also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) – civil rights activist, public speaker and Black Muslim minister Joined the Nation of Islam in 1952, before converting to Sunni Islam in 1964.
Zainab Salbi – co-founder and president for Women for Women International
Arsalan Iftikhar – American human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms

Dave Chappelle – standup comedian (converted in 1998


Rapper Ice Cube performing in 2006
Akon – R&B and hip-hop artist
Casey Kasem – Druze radio personality known for his top forty DJ format
Ice Cube – rapper and producer
Snoop Dogg – rapper; ex member of the Nation Of Islam
T-Pain – singer, rapper


Dr. Mehmet Oz at the 2010 Time 100 Gala
medical doctor, talk show host

Modeling and pageants

Supermodel Iman
Iman – supermodel and wife of David Bowie


Boxer Muhammad Ali in 1978
Muhammad Ali – became a member of the Nation of Islam in 1964,[132] converted to Sunni Islam in 1975
Mike Tyson – Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in 1987; converted in 1994 (influenced by preacher in prison)


NBA player Shaquille O’Neal
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – converted to Islam from Catholicism in 1968, initially joining the Nation of Islam before retaking the Shahada and converting to Sunni Islam that very summer
Shaquille O’Neal – player for the Boston Celtics; rapper and actor