~MJ~ A legend?

This is about someone, “MJ” a legend that will remain as a LEGEND always.. Im not a big fan of him.. but his stories touched me somehow…

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History

The star’s first appearance was as part of his family band, the Jackson 5, when he was 11. The band quickly broke records, with their very first release, I want you back, going straight to number one. Back then, Michael was playing tambourine and bongos but he caught everyone’s eye with his singing and dancing. Soon, he was the centerpiece of the band.

After he left the Jackson 5, he started the first step on the most successful musical legacy of the century. His first album, Off The Wall, was an instant hit. With a mixture of dance, disco, and pop, it sold more than 10 million copies. Michael was now the biggest artist in the US.

But then came the high point of his career, and the high point of pop music. With the release of his acclaimed Thriller album in 1982, Michael forged and redefined what pop music is. It became the best selling album of all time, selling more than 65 million copies. It also gave birth to the famous 14-minute Thriller video clip, where Michael becomes a zombie. The clip, which cost $500,000 has never been matched by a music video since then.

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After the release of his third solo album, Bad, Michael’s career started going downwards. This was in no small part due to his rather eccentric behavior. But to understand Wacko Jacko, as he was to be called, one most understands the different situations that shaped his character.


Miseries

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael explains that he had a miserable childhood. A brother to eight siblings, their father drove them very hard during the Jackson 5 days. Michael suffered severe emotional and physical abuse. His father would whip him, scream at him, and drive them incessantly in rehearsals.

The end result is that Michael Jackson led a life very different from the fantasy younger people have of being a star. His life was not like that of Hanna Montana’s, the teenage star that many young people now admire. On the contrary, he missed his childhood, being forced to work hard from a very young age. In his own words in his autobiography, Michael wrote “I’m one of the loneliest people in the world.”

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This traumatized the young star, leading him to search for this lost childhood for the rest of his life. And that explains some of the strange choices he made during his life. Imagine if you would tell a little child that they have untold millions of dollars to spend as they wish.

Chances are, the first thing they would want to buy is their own theme park. And that is exactly what Michael did. He went out and built his fantasy theme park in his ranch, Neverland, complete with its own rollercoasters, games, and food stalls.

A Controversial Life

The next period of his life was surrounded by controversies from the tabloid press. Some were generated by Jackson himself as a popularity stunt, but most were not. These included rumors that he slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow down aging, and that he was bleaching his skin to become white. But later Michael denied those rumors, explaining that he was suffering from vitiligo – a disease that led to loss of skin pigments in parts of the skin.

He used to take medication that lightened his skin color as well as wear makeup to cover the patches forming over his body. During a Pepsi ad, he suffered second degree burns in his hair due to a pyrotechnic error. From this stage on, Michael had to wear a wig in public.

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Many people developed anger towards the young artist, accusing him of intentionally changing his color – refusing his African American origins. Many people also attacked the artist for trying to look ‘girlish.’ But to Michael, it all became part of his everyday life – coping with his problems.

After this peak in his musical career, Michael started a steep descend. His albums were not selling well due to a change in his music direction that many fans found was too harsh. He hit a new low several years later on when he was arrested and charged with child molestation. Though he was found not guilty on all charges, the artist had to move to Dubai after the trial.

‘Gone too Soon’ on London’s Lyric Theatre Door

All the controversy and criticism caused the star to become more reclusive. He retired for nearly a decade, with no new albums or performances.

But then, last March, he announced a comeback tour with 50 concerts in London. This was to be the restarting point of the king of pop’s career. The tickets were sold out hours after they went on sale.

” He seemed to have the heart of a child, though he was a giant of a musician. The moment I heard he had been taken to hospital, the worst was anticipated…” Yusuf Islam, Muslim singer.
But then on Thursday, June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson was rushed to hospital suffering from cardiac arrest. The doctors tried resuscitating him for more than hour to no avail.
And so at the age of 50, the king of pop passed away, with millions of fans mourning him all over the world.

With a life defined by rising to the very top and then falling to rock bottom, Michael was no stranger to controversy. He will always be looked at with love, hate, respect, and disgust.

But the one thing that will remain true is that, even though he was surrounded by millions, he led a very lonely life. Even though he was 50 when he passed away, he remained a child inside. He died searching for his lost childhood, trying to grow up amidst a crazy life.

And one thing that will remain undisputed is that the boy-man has left behind the greatest musical legacy of all time. He has inspired generations after him, but no one has ever managed to recreate the legend that is the king of pop.

Kenapa Kita Harus Berdakwah?

Mukadimah

Allah Ta’ala telah menciptakan manusia dengan tujuan untuk beribadah kepada-Nya, dan menjadi khalifah di muka bumi ini. Untuk merealisasikan dua tujuan mulia tersebut dengan baik, maka Allah swt menurunkan petunjuk berupa wahyu kepada para Rasul dan Nabi-nabiNya. Kemudian mereka mengajarkan wahyu tersebut kepada kaumnya masing masing. Aktivitas inilah yang diberi nama oleh Allah sebagai dakwah. Allah swt telah berfirman, Aktivitas dakwah ini berjalan terus secara berkesinambungan dari seorang Rasul kepada Rasul berikutnya. Setiap Rasul memiliki kader penerus dari pengikut-pengikutnya yang beriman. Sampai akhirnya datangnya Rasul penutup yang mengemban ,misi yang sama, iaitu tauhid. Setelah Rasulullah s.a.w wafat, aktivitas dakwah diemban oleh para pengikutnya. Dakwah merupakan konsekuensi logis begi setiap individu yang mengaku sebagai pengikut beliau, sebagaimana yang telah diisyaratkan dalam firmanNya, Katakanlah:

“Inilah jalan (agama) ku, Aku dan orang-orang yang mengikutiku mengajak (kamu) kepada Allah dengan hujjah yang nyata, Maha Suci Allah, dan Aku tiada termasuk orang-orang yang musyrik”. (Yusuf : 108)

Secara eksplisit, ayat diatas menegaskann bahawa siapa sahaja yang mengaku sebagai pengikut Rasulullah s.a.w , maka ia harus melakukan aktivitas menyeru ke jalan Allah ( dakwah ilallah). Dan di sana banyak ayat-ayat yang mengandung perintah langsung untuk melakukan dakwah yang tertuju kepada Rasulullah s.a.w dan umatnya. Salah satu contohnya adalah firman Allah swt berikut ini,

Serulah (manusia) kepada jalan Tuhan-mu dengan hikmah dan pelajaran yang baik dan bantahlah mereka dengan cara yang baik. Sesungguhnya Tuhanmu dialah yang lebih mengetahui tentang siapa yang tersesat dari jalan-Nya dan dialah yang lebih mengetahui orang-orang yang mendapat petunjuk. (An-Nahl : 125)

Dalam surah al-‘Imran Allah telah berfirman ,

Dan hendaklah ada di antara kamu segolongan umat yang menyeru kepada kebajikan, menyuruh kepada yang ma’ruf dan mencegah dari yang munkar; merekalah orang-orang yang beruntung. (Al-‘Imran : 104)

Dalam hadits-haditsnya, Rasulullah s.a.w menyeru umatnya untuk melakukan aktivitas dakwah. Antara lain sebagai berikut :

(Abu Said Al Khudry meriwayatkan, bahwa beliau berkata, “Saya mendengar Rasulullah bersabda, ‘Barangisapa di antara kalian melihat kemungkaran maka hendaklah ia merubah dengan tangannya, kalau ia tidak sanggup hendaklah ia merubah dengan mulutnya, kalau ia masih tidak sanggup maka hendaklah ia mengingkarinya dengan hatinya, yang sedemikian ia adalah selemah-lemah iman’ “ (HR Muslim)

Dalam hadist lain beliau bersabda, “Dari Abdullah bin Amru bin ‘ Ash, Rasulullah bersabda, ‘Sampaikan oleh kalian dariku walaupun hanya satu ayat….” ‘ (HR Bukhari)

Kesimpulannya, dari dalil dalil di atas menunjukkan, bahawa aktivitas dakwah (Amar Ma’rif nahi mungkar) adalah kewajiban setiap muslim dan muslimah sesuai dengan kondisi dan posisi masing-masing. Semuanya akan mendapat balasan dari Allah berdasarkan amal yang dikerjakan. Sebaliknya, meninggalkan aktivitas ini berarti mendatangkan siksaan dari Allah Ta’ala. ~ Marilah mengikhlaskan diri dan meluruskan niat beribadah hanya kepadaNya, dan semoga Allah mengurniakan kita Cinta dan SayangNya dan menemukan kita di Jannah-Nya, InshaAllah ~

-saffa Islam-