Nothing Compares to Insh’allah


An artist formerly known as Sinead O’Connor becomes a Peace* Symbol:

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has revealed she has renounced Catholicism and converted to Islam, taking the new name “Shuhada’ Davitt”.

O’Connor, who last year changed her legal name to Magda Davitt, said she had ditched the Catholic Church for good in a message to fans on Twitter.

The 51-year-old was previously ordained a priest by a breakaway Catholic sect, the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church, in the late 1990s.

But in a series of recent tweets, the Dubliner revealed she had swapped the clerical collar for the hijab and become a Muslim.

“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 study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.

New religion comes with new accessories:

“My best friend, Elaine just gave me my 1st Hijab and she got chills all over her body when I put it on,” she wrote.

“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.”

It gives me chills to, but for other reasons. That and the fact that Sinead’s new name is a plural of shaheed, or martyr.

Still. Sinead/Magda/Shuhada has been a deeply unhappy and ill individual for a very long time. If her new faith finally gives her some inner peace and happiness, then good on her. But Islam is not like a trendy diet or a fad de jour; once you’re in, you’re in forever, and apostasy is considered to be an offence deserving death. So let’s hope that Sinead does not treat it like a brief visit to a rehab.

Shuhada is currently working on a new EP with, among others, the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Personally, I’m looking forward to a duet with Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam.

* or “Submission”, depending on translation.