LONDON – Irish singer Sinéad O & # 39; Connor announced that she converted to Islam and changed her name to "Shuhada", saying that her decision was "the natural conclusion of any journey of intelligent theologian".
O'Connor he uploaded a video of her singing the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer. She apologizes for mispronouncing some of the classic Arabic words. The Koran is written in Arabic, and its prayers are recited in Arabic, even if the believer does not speak the language fluently.
"Once I have practiced the Azan hundreds of times, I promise that I will sing it much better than the one I have published." she tweeted.
The theologian of the Islamic Center of Ireland in Dublin, Umar al-Qadri, released a short video clip of the Irish singer reciting the "Shahadah", the profession of Islamic faith that begins: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. "
"She is so happy," the cleric wrote.
"His arrival in Islam has been a careful and informed decision and follows a lifetime of research and study," the imam said in a statement.
Qadri added that O'Connor "has faced many challenges in his life, where there is light, darkness has tried to surround it, the greater the light, the greater the fight against darkness."
O & # 39; Connor told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that she had attempted suicide at 33 and was bipolar. She later said that she had been misdiagnosed, but that she has been opened in support of lifting the stigma of mental illness.
Qadri said that O & # 39; Connor took the name of "Shuhada" because "it refers to someone who bears witness, since he expects that his life and voice will always be witnesses of truth, justice and mercy."
O'Connor has a new twitter account under his name Shuhada & # 39; Davitt, which started in June. There is a verse from the Qur'an and a Nike swoosh with the words: "Wear a hijab, just do it."
She lists her house as "Direland".
The singer and songwriter is best known for the successful cover of Prince's song, "Nothing Compares 2 U". He had a 30-year musical career and won a series of MTV and Billboard awards. He won a Grammy in 1991 for Best Alternative Musical Performance. She has continued to act and record. She has a new release, "No Mud No Lotus", scheduled for next year.
O'Connor was born into a middle-class Irish Catholic family in Dublin. After being arrested for robbing in a store at age 15, she spent 18 months in a laundry in Magdalena, the reform schools plagued by scandals led by The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. In an open letter, O & # 39; Connor wrote that the institution "saved my life", but condemned his treatment of single mothers.
In 1992, he starred in "Saturday Night Live" and broke a photograph of the Pope in half. In the late 1990s, she was ordained a priest in a dissident Catholic church. In an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2010, O & # 39; Connor condemned the Vatican for church sexual scandals.
"Irish Catholics are in a dysfunctional relationship with an abusive organization," he wrote.
In a review of an O & # 39; Connor performance in 2005, the Washington Post rock critic wrote about his embrace of Rastafarian reggae, music that O'Connor said: "He raised God from the dead in the soul of a little Irish Catholic. "