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Are famous Muslims converting to Christian faith?

Following famous Muslims converted to Christianity and became a follower of Jesus Christ [1]:

1. Amir Sjarifuddin (Prime minister of Indonesia)

Amir was born in Indonesia in 1907 and died in 1948. He has studied Eastern and Western philosophy in the Netherlands. Amir converted to Christianity in 1931. He was one of the first independent leaders in Indonesia and developed a political career. He has been Minister of Defense and later he became Prime Minister.

2. Carlos Menem (President of Argentina)

Menem was born in 1930 as a Muslim. He became a Christian and was president of Argentina from 1989 to 1999. As a president he has enjoyed popularity by advocating reforms.

3. Mathieu Kérékou (President of Benin)

He was born in 1933 and was president of Benin from 1972 to 1991. He converted from Islam to Christianity and became a born-again Christian. As a Christian, he became again president of Benin from 1996 to 2006 and brought the country to democracy [2].

4. Hormoz Shariat (Research scientist in artificial intelligence)

Shariat was born in Iran as a Muslim. He came to the United States in 1979. He realized that "Jesus didn’t look like the prophet in the Koran." Jesus seemed strong and confident and he liked the teachings of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount. He asked Christians and finally accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1980. He became an evangelist [3].

5. Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad (Sheikh)

He was born 1949 in Egypt and he was for more than twenty years member of a fundamentalist Islamic group. Bahaa led a mosque community in Al-Haram and was a former sheikh. He became frustrated with Islam and converted to faith in Jesus Christ in 2005. For becoming a Christian he was arrested, but finally released from prison in 2007.

6. Nonie Darwish (Writer and public speaker)

Nonie was born in 1949 as the daughter of an Egyptian general. She blames the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth. In 1978, she immigrated to the United States with her husband. Not long after that she became a Christian.

7. Magdi Allam (Journalist and political leader)

Magdi was born in 1952 in Egypt. He converted from Islam to Christianity in Italy. In 1972 he immigrated to Italy and studied at a university in Rome. He became a well-known journalist in Italy. He converted to Christianity. In 2009 he was baptized.

8. Gbaja-Biamila (Footballer, Nigeria)

He was born in 1977 in Nigeria and became a successful football player in the United States. He converted to Christian faith after a relation with a Christian woman [4]. He became the coordinator at the local Celebration Church Bayside for Crown Financial Ministries, which claims to teach people how to manage money God’s way using Biblical principles.

9. Dr Mustafa (Professor in Al Azhar Islamic University, Islamic school of theology)

He was born in Egypt and became professor of Islamic history and culture at the most prestigious Muslim university. He became confused between the teachings of Islam and the Muslim practice of Islam. Later a Christian doctor gave him a Bible, and he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His father tried to kill him and he had to escape to the United States. He is writing now a Christian book under the name Mark Gabriel [5].

10. Dr. Muhammed Rahoumy (Dean in Al Azhar Islamic University)

He was born in Egypt and became assistant professor of literary criticism. This doctor became an ex-Muslim in the year 2000. He is now a Christian writer under the name Dr. Samuel Paul in the United States. He wrote a book with the title "The Unknown God".

11. Tengku Amir Shah (Crown Prince Selangor, Malaysia)

The only son, born in 1993, and heir of Sultan became a Christian in 2014 and made the decision to change his ways and claims to be a new man. Tengku married a Spanish Christian woman and made their union legal before God to help him achieve righteousness in his life.

12. Djibril Cisse (Footballer, France)

Djibril was born on August 12, 1981 in France and educated as a Muslim. He played with Liverpool FC, won the championship and scored many goals. He married a Christian woman and accepted Jesus as his Savior.

13. Aslan Abashidze (President Ajarian Autonomous Republic, Georgia)

Aslan was born in 1938 in Georgia and grew up in an important Muslim family, a branch of the Abashidze princely house. When Georgia became an independent republic in 1991, Abashidze became the leader of the Autonomous Republic of Ajaria. He established his own political party in 1992 and became president of Arjan. Aslan Abashidze rejected Islam and became a Christian.[6]

14. George Weah (Footballer, Liberia)

George was born in 1966. He started a football career in Liberia. He immigrated to Europe and was a football player of Monaco, AC Milan and Chelsea and became the football player of the year in 1995 by FIFA. He converted from Islam to Christianity [7]. Today he is a protestant Christian.


1. Wikipedia: List of converts to Christianity from Islam
2. Wikipedia, Mathieu Kérékou; Samuel Decalo, "African Personal Dictatorships", in The Journal of Modern African Studies, volume 23, number 2 (June 1985), pages 209–237.
3. Hormoz Shariat: Bringing the Gospel to Iran
4. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
5. Dr Mustafa (Now Mark Gabriel)
6. George Sanikidze, Edward W. Walker, Islam and Islamic Practices in Georgia. Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, University of California, 2004, 12.
7. BBC SPORT | FORUM | You quizzed George Weah, (Retrieved May 10, 2016)

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