Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam and announces new name

The singer has renounced Catholicism

Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name.

The singer shared the news that she had renounced Catholicism in a post on her Twitter page last week (October 19).

“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim,” she wrote. “This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.

“I will be given (another) new name,” she added. “It will be Shuhada’.” The star changed her name on her Twitter page to Shuhada’ Davitt. Her handle, @MagdaDavitt77, contains the moniker she previously legally adopted last year.

She later posted a video of her singing the Islamic call to prayer known as the Adhan. “Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan,” she wrote. “I got some pronouncition wrong because emotions took me from my page… but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come…”

In a follow-up tweet, she added: “Sorry re all the mistakes in my Azan…. 1st attempt. When I’ve practiced it 30 times i’m Gonna make the world stop turning.”

The following day she shared with her followers that she had been given her first hijab by her best friend Elaine. “She got chills all over her body when I put it on,” she said. “Not gonna post a photo because is intensely personal. And I’m an ugly old hag. But I’m a very, very, very happy old hag.”

She later tweeted a photo of her wearing the clothing, stood in front of a print that read: “You have taken my body, you have taken my mind, you have taken my children but you will never take my voice.”

Earlier this year, the singer was due to make her live return after struggling with mental health problems. However, she postponed the dates “due to unforeseen circumstances.”