The way you Mecca me feel
He was feeling “a bit down.” So he decided to convert to the “funnest” religion in the world — you know, the one that bans — and whips people for — dancing. “Michael Jackson ‘becomes a Muslim and changes name to Mikaeel,'” from the Daily Mail, November 21:
Beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel, it has been claimed today.
The 50-year-old singer, who has previously been photographed wearing a traditional Arab women’s veil, reportedly became a Muslim in a ceremony at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.
The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, is said to have sat on the floor and worn a small hat while an imam officiated at the home of Steve Porcaro, who composed music on his Thriller album.
He is said to have been encouraged by Canadian songwriter David Wharnsby and Phillip Bubal, a producer, who both approached him after he appeared ‘a bit down’.
A source told The Sun: ‘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.
‘An imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.'[…]
Meanwhile, Jackson is scheduled to give evidence in person at London’s High Court to defend allegations that he owes an Arab sheikh Â£4.7 million.