I thought this story didn’t seem right.
According to YusufIslam.com’s new FAQ entry, Yusuf was not present at any alleged conversion ceremony for Michael Jackson, as he was busy shooting the music video for his new song “Boots & Sand”.
Contrary to persistent press rumours, I was not at any kind of conversion ceremony for Michael Jackson. Nor, I believe, was Dawud Wharnsby or any of the others mentioned in connection with the story. Granted, I was in Los Angeles at the time these rumours first appeared – but I was busy filming a video for a new song, Boots & Sand.
I have met Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother, who became a Muslim some years ago. As for Michael himself, I hope that he finds inner peace and can return to making the kind of music that has inspired generations.