Snoop Dogg says “salaam alaykum” to Nation of Islam

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It’s the end of an era: rap legend Snoop Dogg is stepping away from the pimp chalice and the bong in favor of Islam. Snoop announced his conversion yesterday while attending a Saviors’ Day celebration in Chicago. The hip-hop artist donated $1,000 to the Nation and then announced that he will be converting to the religion with the goal of “advocating peace.”

Rapper Snoop Dogg surprised fans and reporters alike this weekend by revealing he has joined the Nation of Islam. Speaking at the religious group’s Saviours’ Day convention in Chicago, the 37-year-old praised the group’s supreme minister and national representative Louis Farrakhan. It is reported by the Associated Press that he also made a donation to the group of $1,000.

Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, talked about his reasons for joining the religious group in relatively loose terms. “I’m an advocate for peace. I’ve been in the peace movement ever since I’ve been making music,” he told followers. “My whole thing is not about really trying to push my thing on you. It’s just about the way I live, and I live how I’m supposed to live as far as doing what’s right and representing what’s right. That’s why I was here today.”

The Nation of Islam was founded in 1930 with the aim of promoting the conditions of black Americans. The group’s most famous convert is activist Malcolm X.

Snoop Dogg’s career has spanned nearly two decades and has been as controversial as it has been successful. He has been arrested numerous times, mainly for possession of marijuana, and was charged as an accomplice to the murder of Phillip Woldermarian in 1993. The rapper was found not guilty.

He sought to reinvent himself as a family man with the recent reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, which portrays his domestic side along with his wife and three children. However, he was prevented from entering the UK in 2007 following a previous violent incident at Heathrow airport.

Discussing his religious beliefs at this weekend’s Nation of Islam event, the Doggystyle rapper referred to himself as the “leader of the hip-hop community” and hinted that his affiliation with the group is not new. “It’s about seeing yourself and what you can do to better the situation,” Broadus said. “We’re doing a lot of wrongs among ourselves that need correcting.”

[From The Guardian]

There was a time when you didn’t see Snoop without a blunt in his hand. And let’s not even get started on his “Girls Gone Wild” videos. Looks like Snoop is trying to turn over a new leaf as a family man these days. I do wonder how long his devotion to Islam will last – he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who responds well to strict rules. And how will the rest of the Nation of Islam feel about having the Doggfather representing their religion?

Here’s Snoop at the “We Rock Hip Hop Monday’s” event at Prive Las Vegas in January. No more nightclubs for him these days! Photo credits: Newscom.

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  1. Lesley says:

    $1000? LOL!

  2. Viper says:

    Oh God I can see it now

    Muslim: … take him back.
    Christian: Nope he’s your problem now. You have my sympathies.

    • umar bello bekaji says:

      i realy like snoop,known he knows the better religion so far islamic i the must peacefull,need full,symperthy,wishdom,hornor, e.t.c Allah said in his quran (3:16)both chapter 3 shar there is no acceptable religion than islam to him,
      and my snoop doog i wish you Al-jannatul firdousi ya-habibi

  3. for_realz says:

    I LOVE Snoop~~

    After watching his Fatherhood show, I really saw a side of him that is just so cute!

    Made me appreciate him as a performer AND a dad.

  4. Tony says:

    Poster child of idiocy.

  5. Lem says:

    Nation of Islam’s most famous convert was Muhammad Ali. The Nation of Islam had Malcolm X assassinated when he said No to Muhammad Elijah.

    Snoop’s always been for peace, tokers are rarely violent. lol

  6. Mandie says:

    The Nation of Islam is not the religion of Islam. The Nation is a black movment. It’s not even a sect in Islam. Please don’t get the two confused.

  7. chloe says:

    The religion will accept him, it’s the Arabic population that won’t.

  8. Codzilla says:

    Lesley: I was thinking the same thing. He probably found that much in change lodged between his sofa cushions.

  9. clare says:

    He’s got Kevin Federline eyes.

  10. Ashley says:

    Islam = Peace? Since when? Wasn’t Malcolm X killed by a rival Muslim group? Real peaceful.

  11. jose says:

    you know now what a $1000.00 can do for you this days lol, and to think that 5 years ago i waste it $5.00 for his porn tape,i guess ain’t nuthin’ but a g’thang baby.

  12. Sara says:

    viper-i’m already there! go on take him back!

  13. madam ex says:

    What a crock of shit, he will never stop smoking weed, he is a pimp by nature, and he’s just down with the Nation of Islam, Im sure he is NOT going to stop eating pork chops and ribs, and 1000.00 is a fucking joke, with all his money he should be ashamed at himself to even proudly say he donated that amount. Snoop, you’re losing me.

  14. cio says:

    He’s not muslim, he’s a member of the nation of islam. that is a completely different religion. The only similarity is the word Islam. get it right people.

  15. yasmin says:

    Ashley – Pay attention. Islam is for peace, it is just a stupid few people who take it to the extremes and bomb other people. They are like, the sarah palins (but worse, obviously). They take religion too far. But that doesn’t mean the whole of Islam is like that.
    Anyway…

  16. caribassett says:

    Oh… My…Word.

  17. michellle says:

    Supposedly the literal translation of Islam is peace, Ashley.

    As others have pointed out, the Nation and Islam are two different things.

  18. Mairead says:

    Weren’t there some really dodgy reports coming out about the Nation some years back – especially in the UK branch. I can’t remember what the charges were, but it was more then just wearing a nice suit and matching ties.

  19. tizzle says:

    Wow! There are an awful lot of dumb misstatements being made in these comments.

    I’m agnostic and even I know that yes, the Nation of Islam is a Black American MUSLIM group. They DO practice Islam, which is a major world religion, making them muslims. But they are a small group containing ONLY black americans, and their beliefs are quite racist.

    Malcolm X was murdered by the Nation of Islam shortly after leaving them because after making the pilgrimage to Mecca he realized their racist teachings were wrong. This is what mostly people don’t get about Malcolm, he did not hate whites, at least not at the time of his death.

    Some of you REALLY need to pick up a book, especially before you start commenting on things you clearly know little about. A good start might be The Autobiography of Malcolm X, an essential read for ANYONE, even if you aren’t black (I’m not).

  20. Baholicious says:

    The Nation of Islam is a Black Separatist organization.

    They are no different than any ‘Aryan’ separatist organizations to a large degree. They’re message is hate and racialism cloaked in ‘racial’ pride, manipulated statistics and revisionist history.

    The Nation of Islam assassinated Malcolm X because he found (real) Islam and spoke about his transformation and seeing the message of God/Allah, that included all people, particularly the respect for the People of the Book: Jews and Christians.

    Read the Malcolm’s account of his first Hajj. That’s when he signed his death warrant because that’s when he became a man of peace and inclusion.

    I’m inciting nothing when I say to Snoop Dogg, take that head covering off and stop talking Islam you drug-dealing, porn-peddling puppet.

  21. Baholicious says:

    **duh, “their”**

  22. Baholicious says:

    If I could add one thing, one of the most excellent depictions of the internal war within Isalm, nevermind in the political arena, was Showtime’s ‘Sleeper Cell.’ Check it out. Fantastic!

  23. michellle says:

    Tizzle:
    Consider your own, “dumb misstatements”. Despite calling themselves Muslims, the Nation of Islam is not an accepted by the greater Islamic world as their beliefs are in direct conflict with Islamic principles. Then again, the same could be said for many sects & fanatics. Still, the claim that the teachings of Elijah Muhammed are Muslim teachings is a notion considered to be both false and offensive in the Muslim world. What you’re suggesting is about equivalent to an active Klan member claiming to be a Christian doing God’s work. Although they may think themself a devout Christian, it’s unlikely the Christian community at large would agree. The difference being, the Klan is not a church unto itself representative of Christianity, whereas the Nation claims to be but in their case “Islam” is a misnomer. Above all else, the belief that E.M. was an actual prophet of God preceeding Muhammed is an extreme sacrilege and in absolute contradiction to Islamic doctrine. Bottom line, regardless of the good or bad the Nation may do or not do, they are not Muslim.

    You should take your own advice & research things before showing such ignorance. If not a book, at least the link provided above by Mandie, it’s a good example of how wrong you are.

  24. Verity says:

    Yasmin, your an idiot. Is Palin a suicide bomber? No.

    Islam literally translates into ‘Submission’. Salaam translates into ‘Peace’. Same root, different meaning.

    The Nation of Islam was founded by W.E. Farrahad, who believed, among other things, that white people were created by a mad scientists, Yacoob, and that they are literally the devil. It’s a patently racist organization on par with the KKK.

    Both the Farrad’s son and Muhammed Ali, both Nation of Islam converts, adopted tradional Sunni Islam later in life and have condemend the NOI.

    Either way, Islam sucks. Read a history book once in while you blathering talking heads.

  25. sweetzy says:

    Wow. lot’s of intepretation here. whatever it is, i would say Alhamdulillah if he truly converted to Islam. :D

  26. Bina says:

    Indeed, the Nation of Islam is not part of mainstream Islam. Their teachings are antithetical to what Islam (which means “submission”, not “peace” – that’s “salaam”) teaches. Islam does not teach that white people are the devil. On the contrary, we believe that anyone from any race, creed, or nation can be a Muslim, as God does not look at your faces and your clothing, but your deeds and what is in your hearts.

    Muhammed Ali, as far as I know, onverted to Islam proper. Malcolm X was Nation of Islam for a while before he, too, joined mainstream Islam.

  27. tizzle says:

    Um actually the KKK are Christians. Proud Christians, its like one of their main things. Just because most other Christians disagree with them, doesnt make them not Cbristians. Evangelicals and Catholics are not very friendly with each other, but they are both still Christians! There a millions of examples but if you believe Jesus was the son of god you are a Christian. If you believe Muhammed was the prophet of Allah you are a Muslim. It really is that simple.

  28. Sheigh says:

    what will be his next name ? I heard one day something about muslims don’t really appreciate dogs.

  29. michellle says:

    Verity & Bina: thanks for clarifying the actual translation.

    In Yasmin’s defense, I believe she attempted to make that point exactly by saying, “(but worse, obviously).”
    I took that to mean both are fanatical to drastically different degrees.

    Regardless, as someone who is interested in all religions but not a card carrying member of any, the comment, “Islam sucks” just indicates prejudice & small mindedness. Yeah, it may be your opinion Verity but it just shows you’re guilty yourself of not reading enough. Despite, the many pitfalls of organized religion, the countless political & humanitarian abuses by all religions. Islam has a great history, and supposedly serves many believers well to this day. While one should question the source of all historical accounts, it has been largely accepted the world over that the Renaissance began in the Dark Ages by Islamic scholars who embraced, science and world history & philosophy in all known forms. While Europeans were praying to the bones of their ancestors, Muslims were beginning to comprehend air born diseases and the need to quarantine the sick. They understood & attempted to treat psycological illness rather than simply locking up the mentally ill like animals. They were the first to use soap water to clean themselves regulary. They created a banking system where a check could be written in Spain and cashed in the Arabic peninsula. Hell, they are even credited with the first book of Algebra, (Al-jbr.)

    Islam doesn’t suck, those who abuse it do & so do small hateful people like yourself. Talk about blathering, take your own advice, read more books.

  30. Bina says:

    The anti-Islam sentiment doesn’t bother me. I’m pretty used to it by now.

  31. michellle says:

    No Tizzle, it is not that simple.

    To be a Muslim you must practice the 5 pillars of the faith. Recognizing Elijah Muhammed as God’s prophet is in direct contradiction to the very first pillar, (the Shahada.)

    Despite your zeal in defending the KKK as devout Christians, my question would be whether Jesus himself, a Semetic would want to be associated with such racists, never mind be held responsible for their actions? Ironically, relion is not black or white. Then again, one can call themselves whatever they like. Hec, you could even call yourself well informed, but that does not make it so.

  32. michellle says:

    Come on CB – as soon as things get interesting you freeze the threads – let it go, at least those that are not offensive.

  33. michellle says:

    Why is my 5:58 post still awaiting moderation?

  34. michellle says:

    No Tizzle, it is not that simple.

    To be a Muslim you must practice the 5 pillars of the faith. Recognizing Elijah Muhammed as God’s prophet is in direct contradiction to the very first pillar, (the Shahada.)

    Despite your zeal in defending the KKK as devout Christians, my question would be whether Jesus himself, a Semetic would want to be associated with such racists, never mind be held responsible for their actions? Ironically, relion is not black or white. Then again, one can call themselves whatever they like. Hec, you could even call yourself well informed, but that does not make it so.

  35. the original kate says:

    muslims do not recognize the nation of islam as a muslim religion. i will say this for the nation, though: they are very anti-drug,anti-alcohol and anti-gang activity and they literally stand behind those sentiments. years ago i lived in a very nasty section of DC, lots of gang violence, drugs etc. the nation of islam moved in and set up shop. i used to see them in their suits and ties, talking to people, walking women home at night, helping elderly folks with their bags, etc. & just generally patrolling and making their presence felt. they really helped clean up that area. i think they do alot of good in their communities, regardless of what one thinks of them from a religious viewpoint.

  36. michellle says:

    Sorry for the double posts & the spelling errors.

    No disrespect intended toward the Nation, just wanted to point out what I understand to be the facts.

    I live in the District too and am very framiliar. They make a hell of a bean pie too – no joke.

  37. ALISHER says:

    what do you know about Islam haa haaa

  38. ofyem says:

    Hellos
    when i heard this news, i became very happy even if i know his past. Most of you have wrong ideas about Islam but now i wont discuss this matter under the light of happiness of this good news.

    if snoop said ” the God is one, and Mohammed is his prophet” ,this sentence makes him Muslim , the important is this for us. after this sentence everything will follow this explanation. Islam and Muslims do not care about former life of people after they accepted Islam.

    Even if he does not accept Islam eventhough he joined Islam Nation, it must show some people who have negative ideas about Islam that ” If such a transverse person who seems thousands miles far from Islamic Ideas like snoop could join and support such a Islamic formation, that mean those have much to learn about What really Islam is.”

    Some people says Malcoml X killed by Muslims, still same story? i admit, it was a good managed trap about muslims in the usa by the goverment again. Anyway If you say so , keep reading your fairy tales made up by your governments, need example ? dig up 9/11 and Saddam`s nuclear booms fairy tales.

    finally, it was a good news for whole muslim world, if snoop could see the facts, then why not others ???

    ” you can not hide the sun by covering it with mud”

    Sun rising, rises!

    thanks for your patience to read such a long letter.

  39. SixxKitty says:

    I liked that his donation was just $1000. It shows he is being just ‘one of the members’, not flashing his thang arround, i see a maturity in that, plaese don’t throw shoes at me…

  40. SixxKitty says:

    and how do we know its his only donation?

  41. sweetie pie says:

    LOL. You guys are stupid. Starting your own little wars online. So dumb. Stupid. Tsk. Ashame of you all of you!

  42. Gary says:

    Tizzle i love ur words u have a good culture butu have 2 know that not the all christians r in the right way nd goin 2 heaven and the same exact thing go with islam it doesnot mean that snoop dogg will stop dealing with weed he will be a muslim just by a name millions even billions of people have a religion coz they found their parents with that religion …. So plz People Dunn Know About Malcolm X Dunn Talkin Bout Him coz u know nothin and dunn talk bout islam coz u dunn even know 1% about islam or prophet mohammed

  43. slave for 243 years of the christians says:

    Dudes, ask a slave from muslim Africa 243 years of slavery, and an American Indian, or an Auschwitz survivor, how awesome Christaian history is!

  44. slave for 243 years of the christians says:

    Talk about history! Christianity takes the cake on atrocities the cake. Muslims didn’t kill 6 million Jews, or start 2 world wars in 21 years killing over 100,000,000 people, displace aboriginees of Australia, Mexico, Peru, Guatamala, and America, enslave a people for 243 years( muslim Africans and animists) then force them to convert or die ! That was whom? Whom? Reality of history sucks, doesn’t it?

  45. free woman says:

    The Nation of Islam is a racist hate group. They believe that the white race was created by black scientists in an experiment gone wrong! They believe that whites are so un-evolved morally that they are not yet fully human! Do your research. Check it out. Wikipedia.
    With all the tv specials about Michael Jackson’s death, you’d think someone would mention the ludicrous tenets of the Nation of Islam (his bodyguards and the lessors of his house.) But no. You have to go back 10 years or so to find media figures who were willing to discuss it. Why is this?
    As for the pimp-praising dog, what a hypocrite! Slavery for women is just fine? Bitch-slapping is just fine, but his black male ego is oh-so-sensitive to the slightest nuance of possible disrespect? His name is an insult to my australian shepherd.

  46. Rich says:

    Another black alpha-male converts to another branch of a dominant religion. That’s all that really needs to be said.

  47. Converting of doggy into islam!

  48. Sukuyampam says:

    Welcome Snoop!!!

  49. Helen David says:

    I am Proud to Hear like this News !!! The One and Only One True Religion in the World ever for ever is ISLAM plz Enjoy us !!!! I also very Happy and Welcome Great Rupper Snoop Dogg To The ISLAM !!! yeah whts up……

  50. girl says:

    yeah.. nation of islam is way too different with ‘pure islam’ which i prefer to call. Islam doesn’t teach people killing people or hate each other.

  51. Sale says:

    A REPLY TO VERITY – IN DEFENSE OF YASMIN
    You wrote over 2 years ago, but I just read it now and here comes my reply.
    Verity, you are not the first, and will not be the last, to try to distort what Islam stand for. And as those who preceded you and your contemporaries failed, your warped depiction of Islam will not succeed. If you don’t understand what I mean, people are coming to Islam despite your malicious anti-Islamic propaganda. The more you say Islam sucks, the more the Bushes, the Blairs wage their wars on Islam (didn’t Bush called it crusade?), the more people try to read the Qur’an in a bid to understand what this Islam is. And they understand that Islam does not condone killing of innocent people, suicide bombing, but is a faith of peace and love.
    I will never say you are an idiot and you called Yasmin, but will also advice you to read history books (as you suggested that others do) – good, objective history books, not ones written by anti-Muslim propagandists.
    Salaam, peace, love.

  52. Asiatic says:

    All praises are due to Allah. Allahuakbar

  53. Musa M.D says:

    Asalam alikum. Michelle, Yasakallahu khair! May Allah bless U 2day and 4eva. No matter what anybody might say about Islam, it‘s still the fastest growing religion in the world today, especially in the USA. Wether they criticize Islam or not, prominent people are converting and there role models are converting to Islam too, so Alhamdulillah. Islam is from Allah and only Allah alone can fight for His eligion. Was Saul not a slayer of the Xtians, was he forgiven and shown the way? That same Saul, wrote the NEW TESTAMENT, I guess? Who criticized Xtianity and Saul or the New testamet from the Islamic world. Critics, watch ur word. Masalam

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  55. Hashim says:

    Assalamu aleikum to ol muslim iam happy that the 1s we thought r ideally far from islam r converting ALHAMDULILLAH

  56. umar yakubu tambuwal says:

    alhmdulah, who soever criticize ISLAM should carry on, but we the muslim can not criticize you people. And for u snoop may almighty ALLAH give you the power and ability to hold into ISLAM. You are welcome to ISLAM.

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  58. abbakar says:

    what i wll said, about diss, i really enjoyed people’s opinions and ideas, but the true ISLAM is not only 4 specific people in the world, but 4 all over the world, people convert b’cos they know the true, and they wanted the true, so every one is free to know the true, we all want 2 submite 2 our creator, i prayed 4 every one in the world,