Tuesday November 13, 2018
Lo! religion with Allah (is) the Surrender (to His Will and Guidance). Those who (formerly) received the Scripture differed only after knowledge came unto them, through transgression among themselves. Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of Allah (will find that) lo! Allah is swift at reckoning. (Surah Imran:19)
The singer, earlier known as Sinéad O’Connor, has converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada’. The artist has been best known for her 1990 hit version of the song 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.
She made the announcement on Twitter, thanked fellow Muslims for their support and said her conversion was:
“The natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.”
On Thursday, 25th October 2018, the Irish Imam Shaykh Dr Umar al-Qadri posted a video of the singer saying the Islamic declaration of faith.
Davitt has since documented her new faith, writing that she was “very, very, very happy” after being given her first hijab, and expressing thanks to “all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah”, namely known as the Islamic community.
Her new name now is Shuhada’ Davitt, using the surname she gave herself when she changed her name to Magda Davitt, back in 2017. She said at the time that she wanted to be “free of the patriarchal slave names. Free of the parental curses.”
In recent years, Davitt has candidly documented her struggles with mental health; posting a Facebook video in August 2017 in which she admitted to suicidal thoughts.
“I am one of millions ... people who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth, we can’t take care of ourselves, you’ve got to take care of us.”
In the video, she also said:
“My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that’s not living.” In a previous update in November 2015, she said she had “taken an overdose.”
A police search was launched for her in May 2016 after she briefly went missing in Chicago, sparking fears for her well-being.
In 1999, she was ordained as a priest by the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic church – which is the group not officially affiliated with the Catholic church and do not allow the ordination of women as priests.
Overtime, Shuhada became disillusioned with Catholicism in the wake of child abuse scandals in the church, describing the Vatican as a “nest of devils” in a 2011 newspaper article. In an open letter published this year in August, she asked Pope Francis to excommunicate her, and stated to have made similar previous appeals to Pope Benedict and John Paul II.
In August, she had released her first new music in four years, a song called Milestones made with Northern Irish producer David Holmes, whom she met at a birthday party for Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan. She is now preparing a new album called 'No Mud No Lotus', which, she says, won’t be out any time before October 2019.
We pray that Allah(SWT) give Hidayah to more people across the world and connect them to the religion of Islam. We hope that new converts like Shuhada seek the righteous path with appropriate guidance of Islam as a whole. In the Quran (also view Quran online), Allah(SWT) says:
They say, "Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided." Say, "Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists." (Surah Baqarah:135)