List of converts to Islam from Dharmic religions and orthers

From Buddhism

From Hinduism

From Sikhism


From Paganism






See also: List of Sahaba


From Zoroastrianism

From Atheism

  • A. R. Rahman (Initially raised Hindu, but was atheist as a teenager until conversion to Islam) - famous Indian music composer
  • Zhang Chengzhi - contemporary Hui Chinese author; raised as an atheist.
  • Charles le Gai Eaton - British diplomat and writer.
  • Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) - British musician and singer (had a nominally Christian upbringing, but never was a believer)
  • Jeffrey Lang - American, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas. (Raised Catholic, but atheist from age 18 to conversion)
  • Martin Lings - a widely acclaimed British scholar. He was raised as a Protestant, became an atheist, and later converted to Islam.
  • Mos Def - American rapper and actor.

Undetermined former religion

Disputed or forced conversions

  • Anusim of Meshhad, Jewish community in 1839. Most continued Jewish practices in secret and many of their descendents returned to Judaism in the early 20th century.[317]
  • Francis Bok - Sudanese-American activist, from Christianity; later returned to his Christian faith.[318]
  • Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig - while Ramattan TV showed footage of the two converting, both denied the conversion, explaining they had made statements on a gunpoint.[319] According to Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, professor of sociology and history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, also denies that any valid conversion took place.[320]
  • Joseph ben Judah ibn Aknin - 12th century Jewish philosopher, forcibly converted by Almohads, lived as crypto-Jew.[321]
  • Sabbatai Zevi - convert from Judaism, 17th century mystic, pseudo-Messiah and the self-proclaimed "King of Jews". Converted ostensibly of his own free will as "Aziz Mehmed Effendi", in September 15, 1666 while in prison. Although, some speculate that he may have been executed for treason had he not converted,[322] Muslim authorities were opposed to his death.[323] He lived his remaining ten years as a public Muslim favoured by the Sultan. Some of his Sabbatean followers became the Donmeh, who behave externally as Muslims.
  • Jacob Frank - publicly converted to Islam in 1757[322] and to Christianity in Poland but actually presented himself as the Messiah of a syncretic derivation of Shabbatai Zevi's Messianism.
  • Omar Sharif - Academy Award-nominated Egyptian actor who has starred in many Hollywood films. He converted formally to Islam in the 1960s to marry a Muslim woman, however at present he does not follow any religion.
  • Abdul Rahman al-Iryani, President of North Yemen from 1967 to 1974; converted to Islam as a child.


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