UPDATE: Was Michael Muslim as the Internet rumor mill claims? Michael Jackson allegedly become a Muslim in November 2008 and changed his name to Mikaeel. If that is so, will it affect his funeral?
It does appear Michael converted to Islam in November of 2008. The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, converted to Islam in a ceremony at a friend's house in Los Angeles. He is said to have sat on the floor and worn a small hat while an imam officiated.
According to The Sun, the ceremony took place while Jackson, 50, 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.