Saturday, 20 April 2013

Is Janet Jackson a Muslim? (Wait for Actual Confirmation)

So rumours coming out of media sources are suggesting Janet Jackson has converted to Islam. For me it seems they are coming to this claim of her being a Muslim due to 3 factors:

1. Due to her marriage to Qatari billionaire, Wissam Al Mana:

Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities. [DailyMail]

2. Janet Jackson being pictured in hijab (head covering) and jilbab (long dress worn by Muslim women)

3. Reported 'insider' claims that she s now a Muslim:
 “She’s gone. She married a billionaire. They’ve got houses in three countries. She’s spending time in the Middle East. She’s become a Muslim.”

Some may assume she has converted to Islam based on her marriage to Wissam al Ana but this not evidence that she has. As for her wearing Muslim clothing, this is not evidence either as other female celebrities have worn the hijab (of some sort); Princess Kate Middleton, Laura Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Madonna, Hilary Clinton and Angelina Jolie. Moving on to the quote attributed to an 'insider'; we do not know who it's attributed to so it's not something we should take as reliable.

However we do know Janet's brother Jermain Jackson is a Muslim - he became a Muslim in 1989. We do hope his sister has converted to Islam and we pray for her.

Allah knows best if Janet Jackson is a Muslim or not. We as Muslims should wait for confirmation from her or other reliable sources before we make firm conclusions on Janet's religious affiliation.

Hollywood Actress Emilie Francois Convert to Islam

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