The rumour mill concerning Michael Jackson's possible conversion to Islam has gone into overload, after he pledged to erect a mosque in Bahrain.
Jackson has obtained planning permission to build a 30 metre building outside Manama, on land adjoining the palace of the Bahraini royal family.
Jackson was a Jehovah's Witness, but since his arrival in Bahrain has been regularly seen in shopping malls wearing a Muslim abaya robe, which is traditionally worn by females.
Raymone Bain, Jackson's spokesperson, said:
"Michael is looking to give something back to the country that has welcomed him so openly."