Has Mr Bean converted to Islam?

Has Mr Bean converted to Islam?

UK - Has Mr Bean become a Muslim?

This was the poser in Kosmo! and Berita Harian following reports in social media that actor Rowan Atkinson, who plays the title character of the popular comedy programme, had embraced Islam.

His purported conversion on Oct 1 first surfaced in the Arabic-language site sadapladi.com and was repeated by Isreali weblog israellycool.

It has since emerged in portals and websites all over the Arab world as well as in South-East Asia, including Indonesia and Malaysia.

Islampos.com said the 58-year-old actor only held up his right forefinger when asked about the matter, which Muslim-based portals interpreted as his acceptance of the syahadah, an Islamic creed which declares belief in the oneness of Allah and acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet.

Britain's mainstream media has yet to report on the matter and neither has Mr Bean verbally mentioned his purported conversion.

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