Top 10 Reverts to Islam

The term "revert" stems from the Muslim belief that all people are born with a natural faith in God.

According to Islam, children are born with an innate sense of submission to God, which is called the fitrah. Their parents may then raise them in a particular faith community, and they grow up to be Christians, Buddhists, etc.

The Prophet Muhammad once said: "No child is born except upon fitrah (i.e. as a Muslim). It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a polytheist" (Sahih Muslim).

The Top Ten

1 Yusuf Estes

Yusuf Estes is an American preacher from Texas who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He claims to have been a Muslim Chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons through the 1990s, and to have served a Muslim delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the U.N. in September 2000.
Active in Islamic missionary work in the United States, Estes has served as a guest presenter and a keynote speaker at various Islamic events and on Islamic satellite T.V. channels. Estes was named as the Islamic Personality of the Year at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award ceremony on 8 August 2012. - uxmankabir

2 Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is a British public speaker and researcher on Islam. A British Muslim convert of Greek heritage.
Tzortzis has been invited as a guest speaker at several universities and Muslim conferences. He has spoken in the United Kingdom and Australia. Tzortzis was involved in publishing a survey study in 2010 to gauge non-Muslims' views of Islam in the United Kingdom. In 2015 he was a finalist for Religious Advocate of the Year at the British Muslim Awards. Tzortzis has contributed to the BBC news programs: The Big Questions and Newsnight. - uxmankabir

3 Hussein Yee

Born into a Buddhist family, Hussain Yee converted to Islam at the age of 18. - uxmankabir

4 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

Very true person - soma12

He was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century.
At age 22 in 1964, he won the WBA, WBC, and lineal heavyweight titles from Sonny Liston in a big upset. Clay then converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his " slave name ", to Muhammad Ali. He set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement - uxmankabir

5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

In the summer of 1968, while attending UCLA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.) took the Shahada twice and converted to Islam, only later making his name change official. Alcindor boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics by deciding not to join the United States Men's Olympic Basketball team that year, protesting the unequal treatment of African-Americans in the United States. - uxmankabir

6 Mohammad Yousuf

Pakistani cricketer; known for holding the world record for the most Test runs in a single calendar year; converted from Catholicism. - uxmankabir

7 Ali Ufki (Wojciech Bobowski)

He was a Polish musician and dragoman in the Ottoman Empire. He translated the Bible into Ottoman Turkish. He wrote an explanation of Islam in Latin, in an attempt to increase the mutual understandings of both cultures. - uxmankabir

8 Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

While on holiday in Marrakesh, Morocco, Stevens was intrigued by the sound of the Aḏhān, the Islamic ritual call to prayer, which was explained to him as "music for God". Stevens said, "I thought, music for God? I'd never heard that before " I'd heard of music for money, music for fame, music for personal power, but music for God! "
In 1976 Stevens nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu, California, United States, and said he shouted: "Oh, God! If you save me I will work for you." He related that right afterward a wave appeared and carried him back to shore. This brush with death intensified his long-held quest for spiritual truth. He had looked into " Buddhism, Zen, I Ching, numerology, tarot cards, and astrology ". Stevens' brother David Gordon, a convert to Judaism, brought him a copy of the Qur'an as a birthday gift from a trip to Jerusalem. Stevens took to it right away, and began his transition to Islam.
Stevens formally converted to the Islamic religion on 23 ...more - uxmankabir

9 Khalid Masood
10 Kristiane Backer

Backer is a T.V. presenter, journalist and voice-over artist based in London with a pan-European career.
In 1992 Backer met former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan in London. He gave her books on Islam and invited her to travel with him through Pakistan. Those trips created an awareness of spirituality and she converted to Islam in 1995. - uxmankabir

The Contenders

11 A. R. Rahman Allah-Rakha Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.

World known musician, singer and composer of songs. - soma12

Studying in Madras, Rahman graduated with a diploma in Western classical music from the school. Rahman was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. His mother was a practicing Hindu. He converted to Islam with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from R. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman (A. R. Rahman). - uxmankabir

12 Abdur Raheem Green

Green was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His father was a colonial administrator in the British Empire and his mother is Polish. His father was agnostic and his mother a devout Roman Catholic. Green was raised in the Roman Catholic faith from a young age.
At a young age, Green began to question his Roman Catholic upbringing. However, at the age of 19, he stated that he would "vigorously defend" the faith, even though he did not actually believe in it. He also practiced Buddhism for nearly three years, though never formally embraced it. In 1987, Green first became interested in Islam, picking up his first copy of the Qur'an. Green embraced Islam in 1988, and has been a Dawah practitioner ever since. - uxmankabir

13 Malcolm X Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him more.
14 Richard Reid
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