Did Janet Jackson Convert To Islam?

A number of blogs are claiming that Janet Jackson converted to Islam, based on the following report:

Janet Jackson and her fiancé Wissam Al Mana are reportedly planning to get married in Doha, Qatar in 2013.

The couple hope to tie the knot in Doha where the billionaire was born and are making arrangements for the ceremony to take place in 2013.

Janet and Wissam will be wedded in a Muslim ceremony. A renown Turkish author, Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), is also making the claim that the 46-year-old Janet Jackson has converted to Islam — as did her brother, Michael Jackson — and is choosing to keep her new religion a secret from her fans.

According to an insider the wedding will be “one of the biggest, most memorable extravaganzas in recent history”.

The source added to National Enquirer magazine: “They have tentatively set a late 2013 wedding date. But they are still working out the details and the exact day.”

They will reportedly spend $3 million to fly in their 500 wedding guests from all over the world, while Wissam wants to give all attendees a $10,000 Rolex watch each as a thank you for attending.

The insider added: “Wissam is going to splash big when he marries Janet. It’s going to be the wedding of the century.”

Janet and Wissam allegedly got engaged last year after Wissam, a billionaire whose family has extensive reaches in the real estate and media spheres, proposed to her with a stunning 15 carat diamond ring. The couple met in December of 2009 after Janet gave a special performance in the Middle East and the rest, so it seems, is history. The couple was supposedly shooting for a 2011 wedding, but they ultimately tempered their excitement and chose to hold off for a couple of years so they could have time to plan the festivities.

Janet has been dating Wissam – who is almost a decade younger than her – since summer 2010.

Interestingly enough, one of the bloggers – notorious shrill-blogger Debbie Schlussel (who accuses all and sundry of plagiarism, including yours truly) – copied out the above without any link or attribution to the source!

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/55026/janet-jackson-converts-to-islam-to-marry-qatari-billionaire-halal-abda-cha-ching/

But more to the point of this post: the source of the story is The National Enquirer! Since when is this notoriously inaccurate tabloid a definitive source? Sure, there are photos of Jackson wearing a hijab, but this is not proof, considering how many well known women wear these in Muslim countries purely out of respect.

For the record, the man quoted in the report, Adnan Oktar, also claimed Michael Jackson was a Muslim. Something that was never confirmed, and probably not even true.

Granted, it might turn out that Janet Jackson did convert to Islam, but I object to bloggers claiming so definitively based on a tabloid report. It gives all bloggers, including those of us who value vetting of sources and careful analysis of facts, a bad name.

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  • nanaloshen

    Remember back in the 1980s when the TV show Dallas was around? They got the “bring Bobby back” season opener right. Don’t see the mag at the checkout stand anymore. Glad to know it’s still around.

  • Norman B.

    As Joan Rivers said many times, “The National Enquirer never lies.”

  • Michael

    Why shouldn’t national Enquirer be credible? They nailed the scoop about that creep John Edwards when the rest of the Media wouldn’t be bothered.

  • Hundra the Warrior Woman

    Strange that a young muslim man would want to marry a post-menopausal woman. I thought they all want to breed big families not much chance there with Janet.

    • Samih

      I am a Muslim with 3 other siblings…

    • jaarso

      I think jewish families are the only families that care about having massive families now.

  • MOHAMMAD AZAHARUDDIN

    MASHA ALLAH

  • MOHAMMAD AZAHARUDDIN

    AYE HAMARE ALLAH PAAK TU HUM SABHI KO HIDAYAT ATA FARMA AUR HUME APNE AZABON SE BACHA ..AMEEN

    • Jim from Iowa

      Durka, Durka, Mohammad. America, F— Yeah!

      • Chris

        You are a internet troll.

        • Jim from Iowa

          Took you long enough.

  • http://www.gmail.com Abdullahi Abubakar

    Am so very happy dat janet jackson she convert the true religiou i mean islam,am so vry hppy 4 dat,ALLAH IS GREAT, NO ONE LIKE ALLAH,THEN ISLAM IS A TRUE RELIGOUS.

    • Norman B.

      As long as she is happy with being treated like dirt …

      • kamillah

        peace,

        She actually will be treated like a Queen, most muslim men treat their wife very nice. And unless you are a Muslimah you have no right to make any comments on how the muslim women is treated. Only the muslim women can talk about how we are treated.

        Kamillah

        • Norman B.

          The hundreds of victims of \”honor\” murders are unavailable to comment.

        • http://non zubairu Abana

          Nice write up. They think that our religion is like theirs

  • Travis

    There is something seriously wrong with Schlussel. She desperately needs a man.

  • http://Facebook Mahmoud idris fagge

    We re so hppy abt ur converting to the true religous, the must gr8full nd unimpeacheable religion(ISLAM)

  • Yousuph Caring

    congratulations. Welcome 2 de world of peace Janet. May Allah be with u

  • http://IntyBR IntyBR

    Welcome to Islam. Alhamdullilah.
    Some people only know to say stupid things.Is very annoyed for some people that she has converted to Islam? She’s find the true way, and people can do what they want with their lives. If people want to be muslim they can, if they want to be christians they can and if they want to be jews they can, people are free!!!
    (Sorry for my english, if you don’t understand something, because I am spanish and i don’t speak english very well).

    • me

      she has not stated she converted..so we will need to wait and see, evne if she does, not likely she will stay married very long (as its about money)…and what a waste of money for the wedding 20 million?? while folks are starving aroudn the world, children and widows..if muslims are like that, YUCK, who wants to be…shame on them!

    • me

      oh, in many countries if you don’t convert to ISLAM, u will be killed, or ankles cut, or men killed, women stole and raped and treated as slaves…ISLAM is EVIL, period..based on a false prophet, who deflowerd a 9 yr old girl, how sick is that!! i would spit on him…

  • shamsudeen Aliyu

    Hi dear fanz. I’m very appie a sister and famous musician like janet jackson 2 convert t into islam……as 4 oll muslim in a celebrity like janet 2 be muslim is some thing 2 been proud…. And I hope janect 2. Be a good muslim islam is peaace of life

  • MOHAMMAD SANI ABUBAKAR

    ALHAMDULILLAH, ALLL PRAISE BE TO ALMIGHTY ALLAH THAT MAKE JANET JACKSON TO ACCEPT THE TRUE RELIGION THAT’S ISLAM. I THEREFORE WANT TO USE THIS MEDIUM TO CALL ALL THE REMAINING CHRISTIANS AND OTHERS TO EMBRANCE THE TRUE RELIGION ISLAM, COS THAT’S THE ONLY RELIGION FROM ALMIGHTY ALLAH. MAY ALLAH GUIDE AND PROTECT HER FROM EVIL ONES NOW AND FOR EVER. AMIN

    MOHAMMAD SANI ABUBAKAR

    • fatima muhammad

      alhamdullilal masha Allah janet jackson is chosen she is very lucky to be a muslima am happy for her cos islam is a true religion we thank Allah

      • me

        Islam has killed more innocents than any other man made religion..970,000…not exactly peaceful, sorry, we are not blind and stupid to the ISLAM lies…

  • CommonMoral

    Until she hasn’t stated so herself, people shouldn’t jump to hasty conclusions.

    But this website has a lot of disgustingly discriminate content, which Muslims shouldn’t be reading anything from. Some barbarians just don’t have anything better to do with their time than to blatantly display their intolerance and hatred.

  • http://Www.facebook.com TrueMuslim

    Its so cool how people keep posting bad stuff about islam and no muslim
    Gives a damn about what they say or think … I love islam …. I wish everyone whose not muslim would join islam and learn the truth….
    i have nothing to say to u bt this.. Allah guide u to the straight path… Ameen!! …….### FOREVER MUSLIM:)

  • Nadia

    I myself converted to islam, but not everybody knows this. I’m a so called ”closeted” muslim lol. I love islam, but sadly people are very ignorant about my religion. Sadly islam gets confused with terrorism which imo opinion is a POLITICAL thing. I also wanted to add nobody knows if Janet or Michael are/were muslim only they themsleves know. I know muslims get excited when a celebrity turns to islam, let it go lol.

  • i love islam

    Islam kill people? I see US kill more innocents and jews kill muslim. And more terrorism inside US itself.

    • Norman B.

      60,000 in Syria alone during the last two years, nearly all Muslim on Muslim violence.

  • ayah

    I’m a lot late on the matter.I’m muslim and don’t follow the media much. But a few things
    Are in question here why would he marry a women who every man has seen naked?
    And she is passed the age of childbaring damn near. Why would he shame his family
    Like this? He is a muslim. He is not thinking properly at all. And not only this is his first
    Wife a 46 year old menapausal women? Strange very strange? I wonder if he is a virgin?
    Most muslim men his age stay vigins until about 40.yrs old to establish financial stability
    But he is a billiionare I don’t know may be he is a fornicater and Allah tru ely. Knows best
    He walking with her while she is uncovered like its all good. Where is his Taqwa and Hayat and honor? She dumb to divorce at 46 she might die married it can’t be for money
    She got her own it can’t be for kids she is too old. Strange a lot is left to be desired we shall see the outcome Insha Allah. If they both are sincere or not. It maybe just business

    • a friend

      Im a muslim and im ashamed to know a brother like u sir.u criticise her too much and it becomes ur sins and wonder too much about destiny that Allah given to her.islam is about peace just like muhammad (pbuh) wants islam to be.why are you provoking her intentions here?have some faith and pray for her well being.ppl like u will bring islam a bad name!!sorry if i offended u..lastly,happy ramadhan al mubarak to my fellow muslims and ppl around the world..may peace & prosperity be granted to all of us..Aamiin..

  • http://paradise-hellfire.com/ Mona.W

    Mashallah.. great if she does

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