Meet Mikaeel: Jacko Converts to Islam

British tabloid says King of Pop assumes new name in ceremony
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2008 11:40 AM CST
Michael Jackson chose the name Mikaeel, after one of Allah's angels in converting to Islam, a source tells the Sun, preferring it over Mustafa, which means "the chose one."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson has followed the path of fellow entertainer Cat Stevens in converting to Islam, a source tells the British tabloid the Sun. Jackson—now called Mikaeel—recently went through a ceremony at a friend’s Hollywood Hills home, after being swayed by pals who said the faith had made them better people. Stevens, now Yousef Islam, stopped by to offer his congratulations.