Remember Sinéad O’Connor, Irish songstress of “Nothing Compares 2U” fame and ripper-up of Pope photo on SNL?  She’s announced that she’s converted to Islam and taken the name Shuhada’ Davitt.  She released a video of herself singing the Muslim call to prayer.

The Washington Post reports:

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor announced that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to “Shuhada,” saying her decision was “the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.”

O’Connor uploaded a video of herself singing the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer. She apologizes for mispronouncing some of the classical Arabic words. The Koran is written in Arabic, and its prayers are recited in Arabic, even if the believer is not fluent in the language.

Here’s the tweet and video in question:

WaPo continues:

The theologian at Islamic Centre Ireland in Dublin, Umar al-Qadri, released a short video clip of the Irish singer reciting the “Shahadah,” the profession of Islamic faith that begins, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

“She’s so happy,” the cleric wrote.

“Her coming to Islam has been a careful and informed decision and follows a lifetime of searching and study,” the imam said in a statement.

Qadri added that O’Connor “has faced many challenges in her life. Where there is light, darkness has tried to envelope it, the greater the light, the greater the struggle with darkness.”

O’Connor told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that she had tried to commit suicide at age 33 and was bipolar. She later said she had been misdiagnosed, but she has been outspoken in support of lifting the stigma over mental illness.

Qadri said O’Connor took the name “Shuhada” because “it refers to one who bears witness, as she hopes her life and her voice will always remain a witness to truth, justice and mercy.”

Shuhada’ Davitt tweets:

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