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17 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Muslims

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In these last years, Islam has been related to several important events, for instance, 9/11, the rise of ISIS, the anti-refugee sentiments in Europe, and certain anti-Muslim postures in the US produced by some presidential measures taken in the last decade. In this spiral of confrontations and polemics, people have forgotten that some famous people, from Muhammad Ali to Aziz Ansari are actually Muslims. You won’t believe there are many other Muslims in the showbiz world.

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Dave Chappelle

Who would ever imagine that this comedic genius is a Muslim? However, Chappelle is not a strict practitioner. He actually smokes, drinks, and eats pork; these things are forbidden in Islam. He converted to this religion in 1998 but he hasn’t too evident about his adopted faith except calling it “a beautiful thing”. Nevertheless, nobody can deny his talent and cool attitude.

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Cat Stevens

The British singer-songwriter was born in a largely Christian family, but he began questioning this religion and decided to explore other faiths. Then, he adopted Islam and feels no regrets about it. Cat, or Yusuf Islam after his conversion, is a devout Muslim who has shares his Islamist political views and believes that his new adopted religion is the “true religion.”

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Aasif Mandvi

Before his role as a contributing correspondent on The Daily Show, Aasif acted, wrote and produced in the HBO show The Brink (which is now canceled). He is also the author of “No Land’s Man,” which reflects several aspects his life as a Muslim-British-American actor. Plus, he has recognized to have a complicated relationship with Islam, but that it always will be a part of his life.

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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson converted to Islam during his 3-year sentence in prison for rape. The former heavyweight champion has claimed that his new faith has helped him a lot and now is an essential part of his life. Although he is not considered himself as a strictly devout of Islam, Mike has visited the Mecca and got married to the daughter of a Muslim priest. It seems that this faith has made him be a calmer and less aggressive person.

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Shaquille O’Neal

The basketball icon is actually a devout follower of Muslim. In fact, Shaq has revealed his intention to travel to Mecca. However, the basketball star lives a quiet life as a practitioner of Islam. In fact, he considered himself as a “people person” who always respect and welcome other religions such as Judaism and Buddhism.

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Ellen Burstyn

Perhaps this one may give you a big surprise: the Emmy-award winner and Academy-award nominated actress Ellen Burstyn is actually a practitioner of a moderate form of Islam (to be more specific, a Sufi Islam); that’s why we don’t see her wearing a traditional burqa. However, the famous actress has said that she also follows some tenets of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity.

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T-Pain

The rapper-producer T-Pain (or also known as Rashad Najm) was raised is Muslim family, however, he has claimed that he believes in “everything” and actually religion restraints free will, that’s why he will never associate with a single faith. Therefore, T-Pain cannot be considered as a strict follower of Islam taking into consideration his lifestyle and song lyrics. Besides, he got married to a Christian woman with whom he shares an open relationship.

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Q-Tip

Q-Tip was a member of the critically-acclaimed hip-hop trio “A Tribe Called Quest.” In the 1990s, he decided to adopt Islam after reading the Qu’ran and has stated that it helped him to be a more spiritual man after his unpleasant experience with agnosticism.

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Craig Hodges

Craig Hodges is a retired basketball player who won two NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He went into the spotlight after wearing a dakishi and saying some declarations against the Gulf War during his visit to the White House after achieving the championship. In fact, Craig has been an active advocate for the rights of minorities in the U.S.A.

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Akon

Akon is one of the richest hip-hop artists in the industry. He is an active Muslim who has mention Allah in his songs. However, he considers himself to be more spiritual than religious. But is also believed that Akon is the father of 6 children with 3 different women.

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Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco, or also known as Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is a rapper and entrepreneur who was raised in a Muslim family in New York. Even though he is devout, Lupe has criticized the extreme postures in Islam. Besides, he doesn’t like to use his faith as a badge and has expressed his worries about the militant Islamic terrorism and also has questioned some atrocious practices such as female genocide using the Islam as an excuse.

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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is married to the Qatar business magnate Wissam Al Mana and she has converted to Islam as a requisite to get married to him. In fact, Janet has followed the steps of her brother Jermaine Jackson who was converted into Islam in 1989 after a music tour in the Middle East.

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Dr. Oz

Mehmet Oz had admitted that he has struggled with his Muslim identity many times due to his mother was secular but his father was a strict believer. According to Dr. Oz, he has only followed the spiritual aspect of his religion and has claimed he also has been influenced by the mystical points of view of his wife’s religion: Swedenborgian Christianity.

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Busta Rhymes

In 2007, the rapper-producer Busta Rhymes made the announcement that he is a Muslim. Plus, it’s rumored he is a member of the “Nation of Gods and Earths,” a branch of the Nation of Islam. Busta has admitted his life is ruled “by Islam,” in fact, the rapper has written the word “Qu’ran” in some of his lyrics.

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Mos Def

Mos Def, and now known as Yasiin Bey, is a hip-hop artist, activist, and comedian who was converted into Islam by the influence of his father, Abdul Rahman. The rapper has mentioned his concern about the discrimination of Muslims in the U.S.A and believes that the 9/11 terror attacks were not committed by Islam followers.

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Omar Epps

Omar is a producer and songwriter who is best known for his role of Dr. Foreman on the TV show “House.” He converted to Islam in the 1990s. He didn’t mention his faith too much but he has criticized President Donald Trump for his openly racist statements and lack of comprehension on the real problems.

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Ice Cube

Ice Cube, or also known as O’Shea Jackson, is a rapper, actor, producer, and filmmaker who was converted to Islam in the 1990s. Although he has been related to the Nation of Islam, Ice has not publicly recognized it yet. Plus, he has claimed that he actually believes in the spiritual aspects of Islam and not the rituals and traditions associated with that faith.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges

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Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;

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This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.

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The Invention of Pinball

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Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?

Origins Date to 1871

In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.

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Mass Production 1930s

It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.

The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.

In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.

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Origins of the Name

The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.

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One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem.  The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.

In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.

In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.

Ever Changing Pinball

Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.  

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