While filming Taken 2, Liam Neeson reportedly became interested in Islam.
According to Neeson, who spent time filming in Istanbul:
“The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing”
He is also reported to have said:
“There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”
Neeson, who was raised Catholic and named after a local priest in Northern Ireland, has always delved deeply into matters of faith. Said Neeson:
“I was reared a Catholic, but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What’s it all about?” he has said. “I’m constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism.”
According to UK’s Daily Mail, Neeson had caused a stir by claiming in 2010 that the lion character, Aslan, of C.S. Lewis’ story Chronicles of Narnia, was based on all spiritual leaders – including Muhammad.
Liam Neeson has starred in many movies including Star Wars: Episode I – The Phanton Menace, Michael Collins, Schindler’s List, Batman Begins, and Taken. His latest film, The Grey, was released January 27, 2011 worldwide and has received a 4 out of 5 star rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com
If Mr. Neeson does accept Islam, he will be in the ranks of other famous celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Yusuf Islam, who was also intrigued by the sound of azhan while on vacation in Marrakech, Morocco. After being told the azhan was music for God, Islam said:
“I thought, music for God? I’d never heard that before – I’d heard of music for money, music for fame, music for personal power, but music for God!”
Since then, Yusuf Islam has contributed much in the way of religious music, charitable work and educational contributions to society. It appears as if Liam Neeson may be seeking out a similar path.