Saturday, June 27, 2009

The 'King of Pop' Returns to the King of All Kings

I send my condolences to the family of Michael Jackson. Inna lilAllah wa inna ilaihi raji'oon (To All we come and to Allah we return). I am reminded of death and how close and evident it is. As Allah says, "Every sould shall taste the death."
I can still remember being nor older than 6 or 7 and being home that night that the Thriller video premiered on MTV. The days of the 80s are still sketched in my mind. The red leather jacket that he wore set the trend for the day. Michael knew very well how to be a trend setter and how to manipulate popular American culture.
There has been much discussion on the net that Michael had converted to Islam. I do not know of anything, yet, that has been proven conclusively about this. It is a shame that there are some of our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters feel that they have to make up lies about famous people converting to Islam in order for help the cause of Islam. Neil Armstrong was another person that it was claimed that he accepted Islam. This was proved to be an urban myth as well. And no guys, he did here the adhan (call to prayer) while on the moon. It is true that there are many famous people who are Muslim like Jermaine Jackson (Michael brother and singer from the Jackson 5) and Dave Chappelle - to name a few.
In conclusion, let us remember death and take this time to reflect on the true purpose of life. We are only here to worship the One God. I hope that Michael was able to realize this and that his last words were La Ilaaha ill Allah (There is nothing worthy of worship except God). Nothing else can benefit him now.

Khalil Al-Puerto Rikani