Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan, the month of fasting in the Muslim religion, officially started on June 5 and will last until July 5. The month of prayer, charity work and going without meals throughout the day (between sunrise and sunset) commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. The holiday is observed by millions of practicing Muslims around the world. With so many people taking part in the observance of these sacred beliefs, XXL couldn’t help but wonder how many famous hip-hop acts will be participating in Ramadan.
Though rappers like Craig Mack and Ma$e have left the rap life behind for religion over the years, many other rhymers have incorporated their Muslim beliefs into their craft without ditching the game. DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip and Ali have been vocal about practicing the Muslim religion since the beginning of their careers. Louisiana native Kevin Gates, a former XXL Freshman, has been noticeably showcasing his Muslim faith more often on social media and making his practices public. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks last fall, Bronx rapper French Montana, a practicing Muslim, sent his condolences to the victims’ families and urged people not to stereotype Muslims as terrorists.
Check out how many hip-hop acts have ties to the Muslim faith. From Big Daddy Kane and Beanie Sigel to Kevin Gates, Dave East and AR-Ab, we bet you didn’t know many of your favorite rapers are part of Islam. As-salāmu ʿalaykum.