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Michael Jackson becomes a Muslim: report
Michael Jackson becomes a Muslim: report

Pop star Michael Jackson has changed his name to Mikaeel and become a Muslim, according to a UK newspaper report.

Jackson, 50, wore a special Islamic hat to pledge allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a friend's mansion in Los Angeles, The Sun said.

British singer Yousef Islam - formerly Cat Stevens - was reportedly in attendance as Jackson recited the shahada, the Muslim declaration of belief.

Jackson had rejected an initial name choice of Mustafa in favour of Mikaeel, the name of an angel in Islam, the Sun reported.

It said the ceremony was held at the home of Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro.

The reclusive Jackson is due to testify in court next week in a lawsuit brought by a Bahraini prince, who claims the singer agreed to record songs and failed to deliver.

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