Some Muslims are upset that Sinead O’Connor’s Islamic identity is not being acknowledged in tributes as musicians, politicians, and fans mourn the Irish singer and lifetime activist.
The 56-year-old was discovered unconscious in her London home on Wednesday, according to UK police, who stated her death is not being investigated.
Muslim admirers of the diva have lamented that some media accounts forgot to acknowledge her religious views in obituaries despite the fact that her conversion to Islam was a core component of her personality.
O’Connor, whose number-one song “Nothing Compares 2 U” propelled her to international fame, embraced Islam in 2018.
“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian‘s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant,” the songstress tweeted on October 19, 2018.
At that time, O’Connor tweeted pictures of herself wearing the Muslim hijab and posted a video of herself performing the azan, the Muslim call to prayer.
She adopted the Muslim name Shuhada’ Davitt, which she later changed to Shuhada Sadaqat, but kept Sinead O’Connor as her professional name.
Images of the singer without a hijab, according to one social media user, highlight the obvious dearth of Muslim reporters in newsrooms.
Others, like the US-based author Khaled Beydoun, lamented what he called an outright “erasure” of her identity.
Others claimed that O’Connor served as an example for queer Muslims all around the world.
She came out as a lesbian in an interview in the year 2000. The singer, who had multiple husbands throughout her life, later said that she did not believe in labels and that her sexuality was flexible.
Some found joy in O’Connor’s conversion growing up, seeing themselves represented, while others, just learning about her Muslim identity after her death, also took inspiration.