Last post on Jackson’s death, iA, & no Janazah prayer

This will be, G-d willing, the last of my posts regarding the death of the King of Pop Michael Jackson and the bizarre reactions that have accompanied it.

It is clear from Muhammad Abdul Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson’s recent comments on the Larry King Show that Michael did not accept Al-Islam and will not be buried as a Muslim despite the many myths that have circulated such as an Imam visited the staunchly Jehovah Witness Jackson parents to discuss funeral arrangements to the fable that Dawud Wharnsby and an unknown Imam witnessed him accepting Al-Islam.

What is also clear is that some prominent Imam(s) in California should reach out to Abdul Aziz during this time of grieving and in the long term, encourage him to further his studies of Al-Islam.  During the Larry King interview, Abdul Aziz said that Michael Jackson was “the most incredible human being there will ever be.” To state that a pop singer is the most incredible human being ever, more incredible than Moses (AS), Jesus Christ (AS) or Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) is an extremely peculiar if not blasphemous statement to be made by a Muslim.  To be honest, I’m not quite sure of the creed of Abdul Aziz though I’m aware that he is close with the Nation of Islam (NOI), who provided security for Michael in 2003 during the child molestation case.

Even more queer than this were the comments I heard on yesterday’s Rev. Jesse Jackson Talk Show in which he stated that there have been nine suicides linked to the death of Michael Jackson!  It seems that the perversion of referring to Michael as an “idol” was taken literally by these nine and certainly countless scores of others who have slipped into depression or forms of mania.  An idol is a false deity or false symbol of worship, their symbol of worship died, and it appears that these misguided souls died with their idol.  Perhaps they had histories of psychological problems that may have been exasperated by their pop star idolatry. 

Anyway, I’m sure that more weird stories will surface after the burial, the custody battles will continue, and fights will ensue over royalties and yet to be released material.  My disappointment resides more in irrational behavior and words that Muslims have expressed over Michael’s death, the strangest being a report that was passed on by a sister that a prominent mosque in Illinois holding a Janazah prayer for Michael. 

It raises some serious questions in my mind anyway.

Jermaine: ‘Michael is a gift from Allah’

Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson

Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson

As the world remembers Michael Jackson after his demise, Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson gave an interview with Matt Lauer of the Today Show (Video) this morning that will surely further speculation as to whether his brother accepted Al-Islam.

Abdul-Aziz said (see 3:20 minute mark on video) that “Michael is a gift from Allah, and He [Allah] has taken him back.”

It is still unclear, however, that Michael, who allegedly changed his name to “Mikaeel” ever became Muslim.  Myths have circulated that Dawud Wharnsby and Yusuf Islam discussed the Islamic religion with Michael and witnessed him becoming Muslim, claims that both have rejected on their blogs.  According to a British tabloid, Michael was given his shahadatayn (witnessing the oneness of G-d and Muhammad being His messenger) at a home by an Imam; no one knows who this mystery Imam is however.  This rumor was rebuked by Michael’s lawyer 3 days afterwards in the NY Daily News.  Unfortunately, media outlets throughout the Muslim world carried the tabloid story without verifying the information and never aired or printed a correction given by Michael’s lawyer.  Thus the story of his conversion mushroomed. 

Going back to Abdul-Aziz’s interview, he made a couple of bizarre statements, probably due to the amount of stress, which he is under.  He stated that he wished that he had died instead of Michael and that he spoke for Michael in times when Michael couldn’t speak for himself like Moses.  Obviously, it is never fitting for a Muslim to wish death for himself/herself or that he/she dies in the place of another.  Also, Aaron (Harun) was the prophet who Moses (Musa) prayed for as an assistant to aid him when he had a difficulty in speech. 

One thing is for sure that we are a week into Michael’s death, Abdul-Aziz has not declared that Michael was a Muslim, and there has been no Janazah (Islamic funeral prayer) for Michael.

The drama continues…

Did Michael ‘Jacko” Jackson Die As A Muslim?

The King of Pop Michael Jackson died today at the age of 50.

In November 2008, a story broke in a British paper that Michael Jackson accepted Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel.

During this time, Jacko was being sued by a Bahraini prince for not paying him back set amount of money owed.  After the suit was settled, Jacko’s lawyer proclaimed that Jacko was NOT A MUSLIM.