A Jermaine Question

If it’s January, it must be Celebrity Big Brother. I don’t watch much the summer version where ordinary people attempt to become famous by living in front of 40 cameras for as many of 70 days as their housemates or the viewers can stand. However, the celebrity version only lasts for a couple of weeks.

The first person in the house this year was Muhammad Abdul Aziz. He is very well known as one of the lead singers in a popular family singing group of the 1970s. Strangely though, none knows him as Muhammad. They still know him, and he still introduces himself, as Jermaine Jackson. In fact, until Mrs H told me, I had no idea he was a Muslim.

I wonder why he hasn’t gone the way of Lew Alcindor, Bobby Moore, Cassius Clay, Louis Walcott, Cat Stevens, and chosen to use his Islamic name. Since Big Brother is heavily edited, I doubt they will show him doing his Salah prayers, if he does them. We haven’t seen if he has a prayer mat in his bag.

On the first night, he didn’t seem impressed with the fact that everyone wasn’t impressed with him and some of the other celebrities didn’t even know who he was. This was even after he wore trousers with the signatures of all of his siblings embroidered on them to give everyone the hint.


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