Sinead O’Connor changed her name to Magda Davitt last year and requested the Pope Francis excommunicate her from the church. The was during the Holy See’s recent visit to Ireland. Now, it looks like the singer has definitely exited the Catholic church.
As part of the O Connor’s continuing spiritual journey, the singer has recently converted to Islam and changed her name. The singer’s new moniker, Shuhad, is reported to mean ‘martyrs’ or ‘witnesses’ in Arabic.
For O’Connor, this ‘is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. 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.’
O’Connor also revealed on social media that she’d received her first hijab from her friend Elaine, saying, “My best friend Elaine just gave me my 1st hijab and she got chills all over her body when I put it on.”
On Twitter, the star has been sharing her experiences with her new religious calling,
I should have said the Q’raan CONFIRMS previous scriptures Except where it points out illegal alterations in those scriptures. [sic]
Made by those who did not submit themselves as they ought have, to God. Who by the way never gets any royalties when people buy the Bible.
She later tweeted:
Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan. I got some pronouncition wrong because emotions took me from my page… but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come … [sic]
‘Sorry re all the mistakes in my Azan,’ she later wrote on the social media site. ‘1st attempt. When I’ve practised it 30 times I’m gonna make the world stop turning.’ [sic]
Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan. I got some pronouncition wrong because emotions took me from my page… but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come … https://t.co/vDFyheqOOc
— Shuhada’ Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) October 19, 2018
Even though O’Connor was ordained by an Irish Orthodox priest in the 1990s, it seems like those days are firmly behind her.
— Shuhada’ Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) October 23, 2018
O’Connor also recently revealed she’d be collaborating with the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Cillian Murphy, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Imelda May for a new EP release.
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