If you believe British tab The Sun, he did. Mostly I’m impressed by their title for this article: “The way you Mecca me feel.” No one can top the Brits on cheesy-pun headlines.
MICHAEL JACKSON has become a Muslim â€” and changed his name to MIKAEEL.
The skint superstar, 50, donned Islamic garb to pledge allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a palâ€™s mansion in Los Angeles, The Sun can reveal.
Jacko sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an Imam was summoned to officiate â€” days before the singer is due to appear at Londonâ€™s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab sheik. …
A source told last night how Jacko, brought up as a Jehovahâ€™s Witness, decided to convert as he used a studio at the home of his chum to record a new album.
The star â€” whose hits include The Way You Make Me Feel â€” was spotted looking â€œa bit downâ€ by a producer and a songwriter who had both embraced Islam.
The source said: â€œThey 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.
â€œAn Imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.â€ Mikaeel is the name of one of Allahâ€™s angels.
â€œJacko rejected an alternative name, Mustafa â€” meaning â€œthe chosen oneâ€.
Brit singer Yousef Islam, 60 â€” who was called Cat Stevens until he famously converted â€” turned up to help Jacko celebrate.
It was his pals David Wharnsby â€” a Canadian songwriter â€” and producer Phillip Bubal who counselled Jacko.
The pairâ€™s new names are Dawud Wharnsby Ali and Idris Phillips.
Whatever. I read all of this and honestly the first thing I think is “Michael Jackson’s recording a new album??? Seriously????” Please, God or Allah or whoever, let him release it under the name Mikaeel Jackson. Nothing would delight me more.