Monday, July 13, 2009

Outrage at literary allusion of MJ to Mohammed

On an Arabic MBC TV report about the death of Michael Jackson, the announcer made a poetic allusion to Mohammed that has outraged many viewers.

After Mohammed died there was much confusion and denial among Muslims, who were only calmed down when Abu Bakr said "O people! Whoever worships Mohammed , he should know that Mohammed has died , and he who worships Allah, he should know that Allah is alive, he never dies."

The broadcast ended with "Whoever loves Michael Jackson should know that Michael has died, and those who love his music can still enjoy it forever."

The news announcer apologized for the incident, saying that it was an off-the-cuff remark and that he did not intend to consciously evoke Mohammed. This might stave off his being fired or murdered in the name of Allah.