Wednesday 13 November 2019

Convert: I'm proud to be a Muslim, says Sinéad

Hijab: One of the pictures posted by Sinéad O’Connor, now Shuhada Davitt, on Twitter
Hijab: One of the pictures posted by Sinéad O’Connor, now Shuhada Davitt, on Twitter

Allison Bray

Singer Sinéad O'Connor has revealed she has converted to Islam.

The 51-year-old mother-of-four has tweeted pictures of herself wearing a hijab and says she has changed her name to Shuhada Davitt - after changing it legally to Magda Davitt last year.

"This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim," she wrote in a tweet.

"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 revelation came 26 years after the 'Nothing Compares 2U' singer made headlines around the world when she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II during an appearance on the Saturday Night Live show in the US.

In an interview with 'Time' magazine after the incident, which caused an outcry, she said she had been motivated to do so by the Catholic Church's appalling record on child abuse.

She went on to be ordained as a priest by Bishop Michael Cox of the Catholic Latin Tridentine Church in Lourdes, France, in April 1999. She was renamed Mother Bernadette Mary.

Irish Independent

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