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There is already a lot of debate in France about the hijab worn by Muslim women. But fans of a famous rapper have been left amazed after finding out she became a hijab-wearing Muslim.
Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam's, went through a transformation over the course of several years. And since 2009, she had been unusually absent from the mainstream rap scene, prompting more than three years of controversy over where she was.
Diam's was finally interviewed with French TV station TF1. She talked about her past experience with drugs and even being in an asylum, until she discovered the "serenity of Islam."
It all started when she wanted to pray with her Muslim friend. She recounted, "it was the first time that I touched the floor with head, and I had a strong feeling that I have never experienced before, and I believe now that kneeling in prayer, shouldn't be done to anyone but Allah."
She then began to learn more about Islam and read the Islamic holy book, the Quran. After becoming more interested in the faith and realising it was the path she wanted to choose, she became a Muslim, leaving her fame and previous lifestyle behind.
In her interview, she said her conversion to Islam was "the result of a personal conviction, after understanding the religion and reading the Holy Quran."
She put her fame aside and conquered various hardships in her life. She is now living a happy life, focussing on her spiritual path.