Reading the post regarding favorite christian saxophone players (btw my favorites would be Justo Almario - I've seen him twice in concert -and Kirk Whalum), I came to think about who our favorite muslim saxophone players are. My favorite is Hadi Shafi (born Curtis Porter), who played with Hank Mobley and with Mingus. He has so much soul in his tone and phrasing. A wonderful player, it is a pity he did not record more than he did. I also think Yussuf Lateef is a great player. Other great muslim saxophonists are Omar Hamed Abdul Karim (Jackie MacLean), Sahib Shihab (Edmund Gregory), Gigi Gryce, Frank Morgan, Musa Karim (Orlando Wright). I understand that most of the american muslim players converted to Islam to escape discrimination. John Coltrane was married to a muslim, and apparently studied Islam, as well as other religions, but, as far as I know, he was not himself a muslim. From other continents, the South African saxophonist Zim Ngqawana should be mentioned. I have heard some great saxophone playing in Moroccan music, but haven't yet identified any players by name. Does anybody have info on good sax players in Moroccan or other North African music?