Source: Morocco World News:
RABAT- A lot of people follow news about celebrities converting to Islam, especially in the Arab world. But mostly, we find out that they were rumors. In such cases, deceptive news negatively affects the image of Islam, since Islamophobes exploit the opportunity to vilify Muslims.
Most news sites and Islamic pages publish these false news stories on the social networking sites, without verifying their authenticity. As a result, hoaxes spread like wildfire. Unfortunately, very few readers check the authenticity of news and demand of the editors to prove the veracity of their information. In turn, the majority acclaim these news stories as true.
Rowan Atkinson, the British actor known for his silent acting through the character of “Mr. Bean,” converted to Islam, according to several news clippings that have sprung up in many Arab sites. The latter confirmed his conversion to Islam, and showed how he converted after watching an offensive American movie of the Prophet Mohamed.
The news of the comedian’s conversion to Islam, was reported on some news sites, with a video that does not show in any form, that “Mr. Bean” became a Muslim, but show only the actor lifting the finger of his right hand like Muslim people do. This evidence is not reliable in confirming the truth of the story, not to mention also the absence of any reference to the news of his conversion to Islam in international media, or even his personal website.