The recording artist and record producer grew up in Senegal practicing Islam. As part of the Muslim culture and religion, Akon admitted to having multiple wives, stating that one woman could never satisfy any man.
Rapper-turned-singer and producer T-Pain is a devout Islamist. Despite Islam’s strict laws on marrying non-Muslims, the performer wedded a Christians woman, an act that is considered adultery in Islam and is punishable by death.
Emmy-winning actress Burstyn follows Sufi Islam, a looser form of the religion, which explains why she performs without a burqa to protect her modesty.
7. Muhammad Ali
Perhaps the most recognized boxer in history, Ali was one of the first American celebrities to publicly proclaim Islam as his religion, subsequently changing his name. To this day, few know that Ali practiced Sunni Islam.
8. Dr. Oz
Host of “The Dr Oz Show,” Dr. Mehmet Oz was born to Turkish parents. He adopted a form of Sufism from his father’s devout following.
9. Dave Chappelle
Chappelle told Time Magazine, “I’m a Muslim, I don’t necessarily practice the way a good Muslim is supposed to practice but I believe in these tenants.” The comedian allegedly left his controversial show because of his religious beliefs.
10. Janet Jackson
The former pop star made headlines when she converted to Islam to marry her Arab fiance. Jackson reportedly left the music industry because of these demanding beliefs, since Islam doesn’t take too kindly to music, dancing, or the female form on display.