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CHECK;Michael Jackson did not sing Islamic song that allegedly put Saudi Arabia in debt

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The video was shared mostly on WhatsApp with the following caption, “Michael Jackson an American artist completed this song b4 his death which never get released. Then Saudi Arabia purchased this song on the occasion of Hajj by paying all the debts accumulated on its production and bought its copy rights. It is about Kaaba, Black stone,  Safa/Marwa, Zam Zam water, throwing of pebbles, and all about other Hajj rituals.  Pls listen and enjoy the song. It is an amazing performance (sic).”

“Miles away, oceans apart…When the day will come, Standing there before you, Accept this Hajj of mine, Standing in ihram, making my tawaf, Drinking blessings from your well, the challenges that I have suffered Rekindles my imaan

O Allah! I am waiting for the call, praying for the day when I can be near the Kabah wall, O Allah! I am waiting for the call, praying for the day when I can be near Your Kabah wall,”

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer who was dubbed the “King of Pop.” He was and still is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. He influenced artists across many genres, and through stage and video performances, popularizing complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk

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, to which he gave the name, and the robot. He is the most awarded music artist in history.

A simple online search of the term “who sang waiting for the call” turned up the name Irfan Makki, a Pakistani-Canadian singer with a silky, soothing voice that could pass for Michael Jackson’s. Makki has a music album with 13 tracks titled “I Believe”, featuring the Swedish-Lebanese musician Maher Zain.

Several other links point to the same singer with the same song, same lyrics and Makki’s name featuring as the singer on several websites where it was uploaded including on dezeer – a French online music streaming service which allows users to listen to music content from record labels.

 

It was also found on Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music Group as well as podcasts on various devices online or offline – and on Amazon Music, therefore, establishing that the song was actually sung by Makki and not Michael Jackson.

 

According to business insider, Michael Jackson was reportedly at least $400 million in debt when he died unexpectedly in 2009 but his estate has resolved the financial issues and Michael has been the top-earning dead celebrity since 2012. While most of his debts were reportedly due to numerous expensive lawsuits, properties and jewelries, there was nowhere it was reported that Jackson accumulated debts on the production of any song which may have prompted Saudi Arabia to offset after his death.

 

A further online search of the key words “Michael Jackson Saudi Arabia” and “Saudi Arabia Waiting for the call,” among alternate keywords did not reveal any reasonable news item that validates the claim

 

 

Claims that late pop star, Michael Jackson, sang an Islamic song before his death, accumulated debts during production of the song which are now being paid off by Saudi Authorities with proceeds from the song that is now being used during annual pilgrimage to Medina  is false.

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Martina Navratilova compares Naomi Osaka to Serena Williams

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Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova suggested Naomi Osaka is all about business as she is focused on making it all the way on the biggest stage.

 

 

Osaka, 24, has seven titles in her collection and four of those seven titles came at the Grand Slam level.

“Naomi [Osaka] dominated the majors, particularly the hard courts, but never the little tournaments,” Navratilova told the WTA, as quoted on Tennishead. “Kind of like Serena. I think to leave your mark on the game, you need to dominate all the events, a la Barty, a la Djokovic.

“They concentrate on majors, but you can’t just use the other tournaments as warmups”.

Navratilova thinks Osaka needs to play more
Osaka took a two-month break from tennis after the French Open and she also didn’t play any events in 2021 after the US Open.

“The less you play, the more the pressure builds up and the less feel you have for the game itself,” Navratilova explained. “You need to put in the reps. If [Naomi Osaka] can do that, she has the game to blow anybody off the court because she’s quick, moves well and is strong on both wings.

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“And she’s got the massive serve as well. She just needs to play more matches”. Recentl, Osaka opened up about losing the joy for the game. “I started to feel like that power was being taken away from me,” Osaka explained.

“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy and I was more concerned about what would people say about me. “I used to love the competition and just being competitive. Like if I were to play a long match, the longer it was the more fun it was for me.

“And then I just started to feel – recently – the longer it was the more stressed out I became. But I just needed a break to go within myself.”

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Why Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s two-year marriage ended

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Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux went from co-stars to husband and wife and built a wonderful life together in Bel Air. Sadly, the couple got divorced in 2018 and have since spoken out about the tragic split. Here’s everything you need to know about their relationship…

How did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux meet?
Justin and Jennifer met through Ben Stiller in 2007, as Justin co-wrote the film Tropic Thunder with Ben, and Jennifer and Ben are long-time friends. But then in 2011, they also starred in the film Wanderlust together, which is where the romance really blossomed.

When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get engaged?
The couple got engaged in August 2012, when Justin popped the question on her 41st birthday while they were in New York. Jennifer’s ring was a huge oval diamond with a delicate golden band – a rock that was very hard to miss!

When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get married?
It was three years after the engagement, in August 2015, when the couple finally tied the knot. They chose to have their ceremony at their home in Bel Air, telling guests it was a birthday party and surprising them all with the nuptials.

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When did Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux get divorced?
It was February 2018 when the couple called it quits and announced their divorce to the world. The rumour mill went into overdrive, but as their joint statement explains, the split was amicable. It read: “We have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

In a recent interview with Esquire, Justin finally quashed rumours that his desire to live in New York while Jennifer wanted to remain in LA was a factor in their break-up, saying: “That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part.”

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Carrie Underwood raises over $101,000 for charity in Nashville

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Carrie Underwood raised more than $101,000 for an international children’s charity by the end of her Easter Day livestream concert filmed at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

 

 

Underwood performed hymns such as “O How I Love Jesus,” “I Surrender All” and “Amazing Grace” from her recent gospel album “My Savior,” with the help of special guests in gospel legend CeCe Winans and NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart. As of 6:30 a.m. ET on Monday, her fundraiser for humanitarian organization Save The Children had collected $101,035.

The performance, which aired live on her Facebook page Sunday and will be available to view for free for the following 48 hours, raised donations for Save The Children, which “works in over 100 countries to make sure children all over the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.”

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“It means so much to be able to bring this event to people in their homes on a day that holds so much meaning for us spiritually and to be able to raise much needed funds and awareness for the incredible work of Save the Children as we celebrate the importance of family,” Underwood said in a news release.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist released “My Savior” on Friday. The 13-song record features Underwood covering gospel hymns from her childhood in styles ranging from folk to bluegrass, traditional country and gospel.

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