London, UK Actor
Pray hard (2009)
The Transition (2010)
Ashley Belal Chin (also known as Muslim Belal) was born 21 August 1982 in Gypsy Hill, London, UK. He is an English actor, screenwriter, spoken word performance poet and former rapper.
His parents are from Jamaica, he was named after his paternal grandfather who was Chinese. He grew up with his mother and elder sister in a South London council estate. He was raised as a Christian, however spent his youth mixed up in gang culture.
In 2002, at the age of 19, he converted to Islam. In 2004, he travelled to Egypt and lived there for a year to study Islam. Since his conversion to Islam he has adopted the name Muslim Belal.
In December 2005 he performed at the first Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. In July 2008, he performed at the Islam Expo in Olympia. In February and March 2009, he toured with other Nasheed artists including Mecca2Medina and Poetic Pilgrimage on the ‘I am Malcolm X Tour.’
He has released “From The Streets To Islam,” a CD in which he is being interviewed and responds to the questions by rapping. This was a preview to launching his first album, “Pray Hard,” released August 2009. In October and November 2009, he supported Shaam on their UK tour. In October 2010, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event, where he also released his second album, “The Transition.” He is currently working on his third album, “Black Slave.” His poetry combines spiritualism with social issues and his own personal history.
He also works as a life coach and delivers workshops and talks at youth clubs, universities and events.