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TDN World Desk: Sinead O’Connor, the singer of Nothing Compares 2 U, a song that hit almost 90 million like, announced her conversion to Islam on 19th October saying she is “proud to have become a Muslim”.

Now she took her name as Suhada Davitt. Suhada is an Arabic word means to one who bears witness. Her name reflects her hopes that her life and her voice will always remain a witness to truth, justice and mercy.

Renouncing her faith in Roman Catholicism, on December 19, she made public announcement of her conversion to Islam. In a tweet she wrote clarifying her reason to accept Islam: “This is natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant”. She also posted a YouTube video of her making adhan (Islamic call for prayer).

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council and Islamic Theologian of the Islamic Centre of Ireland facilitated Sinead O’Conner, from now on Shuhada, to the adoption of a new faith.

“Shahada has a truthful soul and has always had a strong connection with the scriptures. After reading the Holy Qur’an, she came to realize that Islam is the natural conclusion of her search for the truth”, Dr Umar Al-Qadri said through a press release.

He added, “Shuhada has faced many challenges in her life”. He welcomed her to the Muslims Ummah ” We warmly welcome Shuhada to the Ummah, the global family of Muslims around the world and in Ireland”. He also assures het to extend support, “we will support her through her newly revived spiritual journey”.

Shuhada’s adoption to the new faith is not a result of any impulsive, fanciful action influenced by certain circumstances rather it was deliberate, prolonged, well-researched and spontaneous submission.

“Her coming to Islam has been a careful and informed decision and follows a lifetime searching and study, states IMPIC (Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council).

Sinead O’Connor, now known as Shuhada after embracing Islam said she is extremely happy. Thanking her new-found Islamic community, she tweeted, “Thank you so much to all Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah today on this page. You can’t begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me”.

Born on 8 December 1966, Sinead O’Connor, now Shuhada Davitt showed often before that she is different from other and her search for spirituality had started long before. In the late 1990s, she was ordained a priestess by the Irish Orthodox Catholic. She also questioned the traditional value-system. Throughout her life she undergoes several ideological changes. On Sep.2017 the Irish star changed her name to Magda Davitt inspired by African Americans who didn’t want the slave names.

In her childhood she came across many hardships. The Dublin songbird’s career as musician began with her taking part in a Dublin band called Ton Ton Macoute. She was lauded by Critics for her power of expression and complexity of her song. With the 1990 release of O’Conner’s second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got she rose to fame and became an International star.