Michael Jackson converts to Islam - report

Changes names to Mikaeel after ceremony in Los Angeles, says British tabloid.

US pop singer Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel, British tabloid The Sun has reported.

The news comes days before the financially troubled Jackson, 50, is due in a London court to give evidence in a case brought against him by the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.

The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, converted to Islam in a ceremony at a friend's house in Los Angeles, the paper reported.

He is said to have sat on the floor and worn a small hat while an imam officiated, it said, he was recording an album at the home of Steve Porcaro, a keyboard player who composed music on his Thriller album.

The former Jackson 5 star was counselled by David Wharnsby, a Canadian songwriter, and Phillip Bubal, a producer, who have both converted to Islam, it added.

A source said Jackson had appeared a "bit down" and added: "They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea."

His brother Jermaine, now known as Jermaine Friday, became a Muslim in 1989 and is reported to have last year that his brother would convert having taken an interest in Islam since his conversion.

Youssef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stephens, was also involved in Jackson's post-conversion celebrations, the Sun added.


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Posted by: hedayat

i love micheal jackson always he is a king and i love Islam its the best

Posted by: Zen

AJ please read today's CNN wherein it states that the prince and MJ have settled out of court. So I guess Arabian Business was not just publishing some 'speculative garbage'!!

Posted by: Zen

very very convenient. now he will plead that he is a muslim and so usd.7 mn. should be forgiven.

Posted by: The Sicilian

If he takes this step seriously, his life will improve greatly and what is most important of all, he will feel peace and tranquility.

Posted by: Rob

Hope the prince now writes off the credit he owes! Allah hu Akbar!!!

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