The Passing of Michael Jackson


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The Passing of Michael Jackson

I have received many emails and phone calls from various people and organizations asking for a comment on the passing of Michael Jackson (”Al-hamdu Lillaah, innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon“ (‘Praise be to Allaah, Verily To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return’) and whether or not he was a Muslim. 

For some of you, you know that Michael was close to Islam, many of his advisors were/are Muslims and have been for years. He was always a guest of the various royal families, and has Muslims in his family. It was stated that he had taken his Shahada as recently as 6 months ago during a recording session.

I have refrained from saying anything definitive for the following reasons and it gives me an opportunity to address some other issues that have disturbed me for many years about Muslims and the state of our collective iman and practice of this deen.

First, the family has requested that everyone respect their grieving and privacy at this time and who are we to demand answers of/to such a personal and private nature at ANY time! Next, was he Muslim? Allahu Alim!!! Whether he was or not, did he live in such a way that you would know it?

Whether his lifestyle exhibited it or not, if he chose to live in such a way that you would not know, or felt that he wasn’t, wasn’t that his choice? Does he owe anyone any open display of his beliefs?

How many ”Muslims“ do you know that you can tell they are a Muslim by their lifestyle? Does anyone really know by what you observe outwardly? Would that outward appearance allow you to know for certain and swear that person is or is not a ”Muslim“? Can you ”see and know“ that persons practice of their Deen from observing their outward appearance?

I suggest that no one can factually! Again, Allahu Alim!!! Which brings me to the issue that I have had with the state of our collective practice of this Deen.

Having been involved in this business of representing, managing, promoting, and advising many of the worlds most recognized Superstar professional athletes, celebrities and entertainers, I am intimately engaged in the reality of ”hero worship“ and the effects that it has on the public.

Friends and Clients: Hammer and MJ

I have expierenced many times over where someone has stated that even my own clients and friends were Muslims and I had to chastise some very well respected and known Islamic leaders because tht fact was NOT TRUE! I have had several Superstars that has worked with me for years and participated in various Islamic events and even professional performances for Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a Saudi Arabian businessman, investor, philanthropist as well as other wealthy members of the Saudi Royal Family. Hammer even Co-Hosted and Co-Mc’d a National Islamic Convention with me on stage and participated in a three day International Islamic Conference! BUT, he is not Muslim and they both were dogged with this!

To a great extent, I created much of ”how it is done“ and originated the field over 35 years ago including the founding of Nike’s ”Pro Club“ which was the first group of professional athletes signed to exclusive contracts to endorse the brand.

This was the precursor and beginnings of the Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James branding divisions of today. But I digress. It never ceases to amaze and perturb me whenever I encounter someone that wants to find ”something“ to ”look up to/worship“ in a ”celebrity personality“ being ”Muslim“ just because they are a recognized celebrity.

They approach this phenomena as if it somehow is going to make them ”better“ in someway. We have witnessed the fervor that took hold of the Muslim communities when it was rumored that Denzel Washington had reverted/converted to Islam while prepping for ”Malcolm X“ and the same for Will Smith with ”Ali“, Princess Di in her relationship with Dodi al-Fayed, Samuel L. Jackson, O. J. Simpson, Mike Tyson, Ice Cube and M.C. Hammer many times because of his relationship with me and supporting Islamic events, and on and on.

I know some Shaykhs and Imams that have performed the alleged shahadah’s and I could not state with any certainty that the celebrity was ”Muslim“. What is this fascination with and what do we get out of these ”celebrities“ being Muslim, even if  they are/were?

Is it the potential advantages for dawah that might be extracted from it’s proper use in marketing that fact? Does it somehow give you more ”pride“ in being ”Muslim“ because the ”celebrity is “Muslim”? Does it make you and/or the Deen of al-Islam more acceptable to some segment of society that you want to appease and be accepted by? Does this “celebrity” somehow make you a “better Muslim” in some way? Does this celebrity make your prayer, and/or service of sacrifice for Allah(swt) possible, easier or fulfilled in some way? Are you going to receive some additional blessings because they might be “Muslim”?

Do you gain any blessings because they are a “good” Muslim and/or do you also share/suffer the punishment if they are not “good” Muslims?

You see, ALL this is useless when it comes to you and Allah(swt) just as it is useless to them when it comes to them and Allah(swt). If at some point Michael’s family chooses to state that he was Muslim, and it has been rumored for years while there are other members of his family that openly proclaim they are, how can it help anyone then?

There are many “celebrity Muslims” that are alive and well here today that I don’t see how that fact is going to get anyone into Jannah. This brings me to the point.

IT’S NOT!!! It will, at best, only have a microscopic marginal effect on your existence and only Allah(swt) will know that. But if it makes someone feel good about being “Muslim” then that is a positive that we all will take.

But there is something patently wrong with the “hero worship” associated with celebrities in any form, of any stature, and this is from someone that helped create the business. There is a slogan from President Barack Obama’s campaign that when modified is so apropos for this concern. “You are the Muslim You that have been Waiting For ALL THIS TIME!!!”

What one needs, this will not come from anyone else, not your Shaykhs, Imams, nor parents! We need to stop looking for something in someone, something, anyone, anything else, that we can and must ALL inevitably find in ourselves thru Allah(swt), Quran, the Sunnah of prophet Mohammad(saas), Hadith and our practice of this Deen of al-Islam.

I pray Allah(swt) that I have answered those questions asked of me, insha’Allah. Here’s a link to a newscast regarding Michael’s reversion/conversion:

Muslims Doing Great Dawah In SF/Oakland Bay Area

The Free Food give-aways with KPFA Radio Station in Berkeley has been INCREDIBLE SUCCESSES masha’Allah.

You can listen to or download the broadcast of the PSA’s for the Free Food Donations by clicking the links below. Everyone came from miles around was treated with as much food and flowers as they could pack, including the staff at Pacifica Radio Corporate and KPFA al’hamdu’lillah. They now want to do this donation on a weekly basis after the overwhelming back-to-back-to back successes of the previous public food give-aways that had people calling and coming from as far away as Santa Barbara and north/east to Oregon and Nevada.

There are no words to express the sincere gratitude and “Thanks” conveyed on the part of the public and the employees and staff at Pacifica Radio and KPFA. JOB WELL DONE!!! These events was sponsored by Masjid al-Islam, Masjidul Waritheen, Oakland Islamic Center, Masjid Tasbeeh, The Muslim Community Center of San Francisco, Jama’atus Salaam, Go Wireless, Emad’s Tune Up, and The Justice For Ali Campaign- all of Oakland.

These type of promotions are impossible without their involvement in these efforts, insha’Allah. This is incredible Dawah! Jazzak Allah Khair Khayrun. The “Thank You’s” to the Masajids and Muslims businesses for their invaluable support in providing all the food and floral arrangements with 100’s of bouquets of flowers and more for the “Nadra Foster Benefit” at La Pena Restaurant in Berkeley was aired live on the “Full Circle Show” with Host Joy Moore on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Jazzak Allah Khair Khayrun. Oddly enough, while the broadcast was being aired, unbeknownst to the crew, Khalil Yasin was there providing food and refreshments for them for their enjoyment after the show.

They still have not stop thanking him and the above mentioned parties. You can listen to or download the broadcast of the “Thank You’s” mentioned above by clicking on the links below. Be sure and spread the word to support and acknowledge the Dawah these masajids and businesses are doing for our communities and Islam.

On several occassions I have pointed out to many people at Pacifica/KPFA, a young man standing next to Snoop Dogg in a framed picture proudly displayed on the main wall outside their main conference room, from a rally to save Tookie Williams from execution held in November 2005. That young man is Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin.

They were even more humbled when they acknowledged that he and the Muslim Community Center were one of the sponsors for this event. You can listen to or download the broadcasts of the PSA’s, the promos and “Thank You’s” for the Free Food Donations aired on the list of Pacifica stations, with over 100 affiliate stations worldwide, by clicking on the links below or on our blog at:

6-24-09 KPFA Jazz Passages “Thank You’s” To Masjid Tasbeeh, Masjid Jama’atus Salaam, and the San Francisco Muslim Community Center, Go Wireless Mobile, Justice For Ali Campaign and Emad’s Tune Up

KPFA Full Circle “Thank You’s” To Masjid al-Islam, Masjidul Waritheen, and the Oakland Islamic Center, Go Wireless Mobile and Emad’s Tune Up

Justice For Ali- KPFA Broadcast 5-2-09

Justice For Ali- KPFA Broadcast 6-13-09

Masjid al-Islam Fundraiser- KPFA Broadcast 5-16-09

Masjid al-Islam Fundraiser- KPFA Broadcast 5-9-09 Masjid al-Islam, Masjidul Waritheen, Oakland Islamic Center “Thank You’s ”

KPFA Broadcast 6-6-09

Masjid al-Islam, Masjidul Waritheen, Oakland Islamic Center “Free Food Give Away Donation”

KPFA Broadcast 5-30-09

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The Imam Jamil al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) film, music, and entertainment project is based on and derived from his life of service, his writings and catalogue of material. We would like to discuss this project with those that are interested and can further assist.
This project is about the life of Imam Jamil (H. Rap Brown), known as the prolific civil rights militant revolutionary during the world altering sixties and seventies, Brown was known for his honest, incendiary speeches and advocating political demonstrations for change against racism and poverty that surrounded the African-American, minority, oppressed and poor communities all around the world during the civil rights era. Brown is often quoted from a speech that he delivered in the sixties when he said, “violence is American as cherry pie,” and “burn Baby burn!” Brown gave these type of speeches at rally’s when he believed that forcefu acts of racism must also be met with force itself. Because of his original style of poetry and rhythmic delivery, Brown is often credited by Hip Hop musicians as being one of the pioneers of the genre of Rap and Hip Hop music, hence the genre being call “Rap”. While serving a prison sentence in the seventies, Brown made the conversion to the Muslim faith and leads one of the largest Muslim organizations in the world. Now known as Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Imam Jamil is sentenced to serving a life sentence in Reidsville, Georgia, for allegedly murdering a Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy in March of 2000. After he filed and won several lawsuits regarding many violations of his civil rights, his presence in Reidsville lead to the conversion to many inmates to Islam, including some powerful former Arayan’s, and the public reacted to his mistreatment there, he was suddenly sent to the underground Supermax prison in Colorado where he is now being held as an alleged “high security risk”. The film amd music project is a bio-picture and docu-drama that will be a exhaustive, poignant expose into Imam Jamil’s life from the many varied videos and pictures for the day, re-enactments, commentary and interviews from the people he touched and knew him professionally, personally and spiritually.
This project is expected to have or has the support of Congressional Black Caucusmembers, (John Conyers, Bobby Rush and Bobby Scott among others), with some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, sports, Civil and Human Rights history! Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Busta Rhymes, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Mos Def, Michael Eric Dyson, Freeway, Dead Prez, Amir Sulaiman, Chuck D, Eric B, Rakim, Akon, Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Saul Williams, DaveyD, John O’Neal (SNCC), Charles McDew (SNCC), Bob Mantz (SNCC), Bobby Seale (co-founder of the Black Panther Party), Kathleen Cleaver (Black Panther Party), Mayor Johnny Jackson (Whitehall, Alabama), Danny Glover, Zack de la Roche, Pharaohe Monch, August Wilson, Wise Intelligent, Ghostface, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, The Last Poets, Pete Rock, Nas, Mystic, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Q-Tip, RZA, Talib Kweli, Just Blaze, Hi-Tek, Beanie Segal, Scareface, many religious leaders from around the world and many, many others.
At the blog linked hereto you will find information we have researched and obtained regarding Imam Jamil’s film, music, and entertainment project that will be developed as much from his writings and catalogue of material as possible. You can access, read and download any document listed herein to give you some background and direction in your efforts to contribute to the project and submitt your works, whether it’s film, music or any other area that you may be able to contribute professionally. Don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your participation. Thank you.

Marvin Gaye Stamp Campaign Update

Thousands of Marvin Gaye Fans Respond To Worldwide "A Stamp For Marvin" 
Campaign of Support For Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp

(Los Angeles) - Thousands of fans have responded to the intensive 3-month 
world wide "grass roots" campaign of support launched two months ago by the 
Motown Alumni Association (MAA), Los Angeles chapter, to get a commemorative U.S. 
postage stamp for legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye.  Letters, petitions and 
post cards have been received from all across the nation as well as around the 
world, including Britain, Norway and Sweden, according to Ron Brewington, 
Executive Director of the MAA chapter in LA.

"The fans are loudly saying they would like to see a postage stamp for 
Marvin," says Brewington.  The campaign will end September 15th, in time for a 
meeting of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, U.S. Postal Service, scheduled 
for October. During the last month of the campaign, fans have numerous options 
to express their support to the USPS Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee so that 
Gaye can get the stamp on what would have been his 65th birthday on April 2, 

Supporters can either send a letter or post card saying "I support a stamp 
for Marvin Gaye" to:
Dr. Virginia Noelke
Chair, Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 5670
Washington, DC 20260-2437

Or fans can go to the Motown Alumni Association website located at:

for a pre-written, printable form that they can send to the committee.

PRESS RELEASE: “A Stamp for Marvin Gaye”

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“A Stamp for Marvin”

Thousands of Marvin Gaye Fans Respond To Worldwide “A Stamp For Marvin” 
Campaign of Support For Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp

(Los Angeles) – Thousands of fans have responded to the world wide “grass roots” campaign of support launched two months ago by the Motown Alumni Association (MAA),

Los Angeles chapter, to get a commemorative U.S. postage stamp for legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye.  Letters, petitions and post cards have been received from all across the nation as well as around the world, including Britain, Norway and Sweden. 
The campaign is called “A Stamp for Marvin,” and the committee that is starting the campaign hopes to see their dream come true in time for Marvin’s 65th birthday on April 2, 2004.  They have received over 400,000 signatures and letters in their goal to reach the required 1 million by September 15, 2003. 
“The fans are loudly saying they would like to see a postage stamp for Marvin,” .  The campaign will end September 15th, in time for a meeting of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, U.S. Postal Service, scheduled for October. During the last month of the campaign, fans have numerous options to express their support to the USPS Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee so that Gaye can get the stamp on what would have been his 65th birthday on April 2,  2004. 
Do your part and send your letter in today. The late soul singer was killed by his father almost 20 years ago.

As a former client and friend, I encourage all fans to write a letter of support to the citizens stamp advisory committee in Washington, DC.  Letters should go to:

Dr. Virginia Noelke 
Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee 
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Rm. #5670 
Washington, DC 20260-2437

If you would prefer, you may email us your letter to Dr. Noelke and we will print it out and mail it to her. You can simply email us at:Abdul-Jalil []To quote Marvin, “Let’s Get It On!” and circulate this note to everyone that you can. 
Thanks in advance, 


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            We custom design, write, direct, produce, perform and provide all talent for the commercial, the jingle, and all promotions associated with the product. Do you remember the award winning Nike “Freestyle” Commercial with MJ, Vince Cater, etc.? How about the Allen Iverson Reebok “MVP” commercial?. 
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Co-Host Shemar Moore!!!, The Oakland Stroke

TO:    Selected Personalities 
FROM:  Abdul-Jalil

 Co-Host Shemar Moore!!!

  Yes, that’s right, a chance for some qualified female to co-host with Shemar Moore!!! On the evening of Saturday September 30, 2000, Emmy award winning actor Shemar Moore will host a scholarship awards dinner in San Jose, 
California, featuring music by Ricardo Scales. 
  This will be the 6th annual event sponsored by one of the nations most 
revered non-profit community services organizations. The entertainment 
director is spanning the globe in search of a female co-host that has the 
capability to accentuate the extraordinary talents of Shemar. 
  The ideal female applicant should posse ALL of the following qualities: 
sophistication, class, poise, beauty, elegance, experience, with the ability 
to articulate in a professional manner. 
  Moreover, there is also opportunities for additional entertainment to perform on this year’s program. This event will have extensive television, radio and internet marketing and promotions as well as coverage. 
  All interested parties should call contact us at SUPERSTAR MANAGEMENT or send bios, photos, video tape, DVD, CD and/or cassette tape by July 31, 2000 for consideration for one of the slots available as co-host, music, dance, or comedy entertainment to me: Deirdre Sanders, DS Productions, 505 Loumena Ln., San Jose, CA 95111. Ph: (408) 225-4406, Fax: (408) 362-1064,e-mail: 

The Oakland Stroke

We are planning an annual Oakland Schools “Celebration” and are in the process 
of conducting a fact finding survey to determine it’s broad based thrust, need, appeal, and viability. With this event we want to accentuate the positives of an Oakland education, the diversity, and the many successes of it’s students, teachers, administrators, and programs. At this event we will award, reward and honor Oakland students and celebrities for their many achievements and serve as a fundraiser for scholarships and special programs in Oakland. This while providing a platform to advocate youth issues, and provide access to much needed agency outreach programs to youth to give them solutions to their concerns of unemployment and job training ( a job fair), educational opportunities and counseling (college recruitment), voter registration, teen pregnancy and suicide prevention, drug abuse, health screening for HIV, Sickle cell, Asthma, Diabetes, marrow and blood donors among others. 
  The event will bring together the brightest young minds in the District to be honored at this music concert and multi-cultural extravaganza including a film festival, art exhibit, dance, theater, poetry slam, comedy, and sports competitionsin a celebration of the greatness that is Oakland’s. The music, entertainment and celebrity choices for the show is limitless in world class talent and recognized names from Tom Hanks to Hammer;… Tony,Toni, Tone to Tony Bennett,…Santana to Tower of Power,…Mark Curry to Confunction. The Event will showcase Oakland nationally and could be the impetus for an ongoing Image Campaign for the City of Oakland and the Unified School District. 
  The landscape for television, radio, transit, outdoor, and print media; corporate and commercial sponsorships; advertising, marketing, promotional opportunities and exposure are even more incredible!!! 
  We have had preliminary discussions with potential corporate sponsors for 
airline, hotel, sound and lights, local 107 laborers Union, television, radio, outdoor and transit advertising media, movie theater, and many entertainers where the response has been fantastic!!! 
  We would like to first ask if you like the proposed event and if so to enlist your support to this effort by asking you to nominate your choices for the event in the areas of music (recording artist), entertainers and celebrities, film projects (actors and producers/directors), artist, dance(producers/directors), theater (stage plays and producers/directors), comedy and sports. Your very valuable response provides important data that could determine the breath, depth and cost of the 
event that we give to you to help our children. 
  Thank you for your precious time and treasured response. 
Talent Outreach

  SUPERSTAR MANAGEMENT; as a 28 year Sports, Music, and Entertainment Management and Marketing firm, we are always in a position of discovering, and placing great talent with the powerful professional sports franchises in basketball, baseball, football, boxing, track & field, soccer, tennis, extreme sports; television and radio broadcasting; major record companies for labels, artist, writers, and producers; motion picture projects; commercial ads, corporate sponsorships, and product endorsements; comedy producers; theater stage companies; major world concert tours; outdoor festivals, fairs and Theme Parks; jazz, cultural and film festivals; night clubs; art exhibits; music and book publishing companies; and sports events all around the world. 
  We are providing an opportunity for that much needed talent to be seen, heard, and served with the exposure to our client base and list of foreign and domestic sports franchises; casting agents; TV and radio broadcasting companies; motion picture writers, directors and producers; record labels and distributors; talent buyers; concert promoters; night club owners; major concert venues; college 
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Parks; comedy concerts; art galleries; music and literary publishers; and corporate sponsors, advertisers, and marketers. 
  Send us your bio, picture, video tape, DVD, CD and/or cassette tape and we 
will evaluate it for a match with the required needs of one or all of the aforementioned. 
  For those that we strongly feel has true potential for greatness, we will include 
them in the Artist Roster listing in the leading trade publications. These Registries tracks over 10,000 artists and is available to all agencys, talent buyers, record companies, industry execs, promoters, and managers. Send it, you can only be successful!!!

Again, Thank you all for your overwhelming response.