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From DJ Khaled to Akon — Celebrities Who Went to Mecca to Perform Umrah


Umrah is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that can be performed at any time of the year except during Hajj, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is a mandatory pilgrimage for all able-bodied and financially capable Muslims to perform at least once in their lifetime. But unlike Hajj, Umrah does not have a specific time or duration and can be performed at any time of the year. A highly revered act of worship for Muslims, it is believed to bring numerous spiritual benefits to the pilgrim who performs it. Any Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey can perform Umrah, and it is not uncommon for people from all walks of life, including celebrities, to participate in the pilgrimage. In fact, in the last couple of years, many well-known Muslims from the worlds of sport and entertainment have visited Mecca to perform either Hajj or Umrah, sharing snippets of their spiritual journey with their fans on social media. In the spirit of the holy month, read on for some of the celebrities who recently went to Mecca to perform Umrah.

Sheck Wes


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The Mo Bamba hitmaker, who has been quite vocal about his Muslim faith, is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he just performed Umrah.

DJ Khaled and Mike Tyson


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Following the US-Palestinian record producer‘s performance at the 2022 edition of MDLBeast in Riyadh, DJ Khaled decided to make the trip to Mecca to perform Umrah. He was joined by legendary boxer Mike Tyson.

Daud Kim


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The K-Pop singer, formerly known as Jay Kim, reverted to Islam in 2019 and recently went to Mecca to perform the pilgrimage earlier this year in January. “I arrived at Makkah again 🕋 This place is like my hometown, so peaceful and so holy,” he wrote on Instagram.

Omar Sy,Chunkz, and Mustafa the Poet

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Lupin actor Omar Sy, YouTubers Chunkz, Harry Pinero, and Sharky, Canadian-Sudanese poet Mustafa Ahmed, and US rapper Sheck Wes recently performed Umrah together.

Paul Pogba


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In 2018, footballer Paul Pogba performed Umrah ahead of the World Cup.“Only the person who comes here, that can understand the feeling. So I hope the people that never been here yet, they all will one day. This a beautiful place. I cannot explain my feeling here. Inshallah you all will come here one day. Salam,” he said in a video he posted online.


Akon, the Senegalese-American singer and rapper, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, was filmed performing the Umrah pilgrimage shortly after his concert in Jeddah in 2020.

Devin Haney


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Last month, the professional boxer was spotted in Mecca. The WBC lightweight world champion reverted to Islam in 2021.

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