Michael Jackson Becomes a Muslim

Michael Jackson is now a Muslim.

UK paper The Sun is reporting the 50-year-old pop king has, in a Los Angeles-based ceremony, converted to the religion surrounded by friends and collaborators including Yousef Islam (formerly called Cat Stevens).

The paper claims music industry types, particularly an unnamed producer, “began talking to [Jackson] about their beliefs and how they thought they had become better people after they converted.”

Jackson allegedly took instantly to the faith, culminating in the recent conversion ceremony at a private mansion in L.A., where Jackson sat on the floor and wore a “tiny hat.”

“An Imam [Islamic leader] was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief,” the source said.

Moving forward, the spy says, Jacko will pray at the home of fellow Muslim Steve Porcaro, who served as lead composer on Jackson’s legendary record Thriller.

This change comes on the heels of another paradigm shift for Jackson, the sale of his iconic Neverland Ranch.