November 27, 2008

‘Mikaeel’ Jackson converts to Islam

by David Masters

American pop star Michael Jackson has become a Muslim and changed his name, according to reports in the Sun newspaper.

The fifty year old singer pledged allegiance to the Qur’an at a friend’s house in Los Angeles, and changed his name to Mikaeel, after one of God’s angels.

An Imam from the local Mosque was called in to carry out the conversion, in which Jackson declared his belief in Allah and Mohammed’s prophecy.

Jackson, who was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, started showing an interest in Islam after discussing the religion with the music producer and songwriter on his latest album.

His older brother, Jermaine Jackson, converted to Islam in 1989.

Last week Jackson sold off his Neverland Ranch estate to pay off his debts.

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