Watching the Michael Jackson Memorial Service on TV late last night, I couldn't help but feel how disrespectful and ignorant the west was when they gave him a ceremony that is alien to Islam.
But then again, I wandered too if Michael was really in the silver casket adorned with flowers that was put in front of the stage.
I wondered too if he had already been buried, silently, before this service.
At first I thought, wouldn't it be great if those who gathered in the Staples Centre are those who would recite the surah yassin and give him a proper tahlil.
At first I was angered by the fact that the whole organisation of the memorial service is denying his current faith which is Islam.
But as I watched the programme, I realised that people of all religions are fans of Michael Jackson.
This is their way of showing their last respects to the phenomenal icon.
It was the only way they knew how to bid their goodbyes to the king of pop.
Malice probably never crossed their minds and Michael had truly reached the people of the world beyond boundaries, religions, culture, decree, faith and way-of-life.
And what they did was beyond their own faith and beliefs.... they just wanted to say goodbye and give the king the memorial service he so deserved.
His death was the epitome of his humanitarian aspirations.
I was in Jakarta last few days... and the Muslim people of Indonesia conducted a tahlil for Mikaeel Jackson.
Perhaps, all Muslims should too.... at least generously recite the al-fatihah for him.