Sinead O'Connor Converts to Islam

Thanks to 'all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah,' tweets the Irish singer

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has converted to Islam, adopting the Muslim name Shuhada' Davitt.

O'Connor, 51, tweeted her thanks to "all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah [the Muslim community]."

The singer, now a grandmother, is best known for her 1990 hit with the song "Nothing Compares 2 U." She has been sharply critical of the Catholic Church in the past, once tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live.

Umar al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland, posted a video on Thursday of her making an Islamic profession of faith to him at the centre in Dublin.

"Shuhada' has a truthful soul and has always been connected with God," al-Qadri tweeted on Friday. "I pray she finds peace in Islam."

The singer tweeted earlier that her progression to Islam was "the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey."

She posted a video of herself practising the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer.

"I got some pronunciation wrong because emotions took me from my page... but there'll be hundreds of others [performances] on stage to come," she tweeted.

The music video of "Nothing Compares 2U."