Dave East has found peace in his life thanks to Islam. The Harlem rapper spoke about his conversion in a new video from the “I Am Def Jam” series.
“I was incarcerated for a little while in Baltimore, and my celly was Muslim,” he said to XXLMag.
“I was watching him pray every day, and his outlook on getting out of that situation was a lot more positive than the other dudes that were Muslim in the jail.”
That example motivated East to seek out the teachings of Islam. He said the religion helped him develop a better attitude. He explained:
“Islam really brought a discipline to my life that I didn’t really have before.”
“My old mindset was if they ain’t helping me, I ain’t helping them, but you can’t live life that way. It’s about whatchu can do, not how people witchu.”
Like many Muslims, East is frustrated by the misguided perceptions of Islam. He wishes more people had a better understanding of his religion.
“Islam has a negative outlook on it around the world based on what the media tries to show,” East said.
“They not showing the peace. Deep down in my heart and what I’ve seen and what I’ve been around, there is nothing better than Islam.”
In a video to VIBE, he explained that when the cameras stop flashing and it’s time to wind down at home, the History channel and Islam are what helps ease his mind, body and soul from the industry chaos.
Dave’s strong Muslim faith has guided him through life’s hurdles when there was no one to call on but Allah. Click here to know about Islam and here to read the Qur’ān to really know what brings peace to the heart, mind and soul.