From TV Evangelist Wannabe To A Muslim
Several newspapers and online news portals are quoting a National Enquirer report claiming that prisoner O J Simpson, who aspired to be a TV evangelist last year, is now studying the Quran with the view to becoming a Muslim. And the person helping him in this conversion process is none other than the former boxing pro Mike Tyson.
About O J Simpson
Remember 67-year old O J Simpson? If you don’t, here is what Wikipedia says about him:
Orenthal James “O J” Simpson (born July 9, 1947), also nicknamed “The Juice”, is a retired American football player, broadcaster, actor and convicted felon currently incarcerated in Nevada. Simpson was the first professional football player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, a mark he set in 1973. While six other players have passed the 2,000-rush yard mark, he stands alone as the only player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a 14-game season (professional football changed to a 16-game season in 1978). He holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average, which stands at 143.1 ypg. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
After retiring from professional football, Simpson had a career as a football broadcaster and actor.
In 1995, he was acquitted of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a lengthy and internationally publicized criminal trial, the People v. Simpson. In 1997, a civil court awarded a judgment against Simpson for their wrongful deaths; as of 2007 he has paid little of the $33.5 million judgment.
In September 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years’ imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole. He is serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.
TV Evangelist Wannabe
Norman Pardo, O J Simpson’s manager, told the National Enquirer last year that his client found God in prison. In fact, O J Simpson reportedly began ministering to other inmates. And he had plans to become a TV evangelist.
According to an unnamed source inside the prison, “O J really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a new trial and eventually be released from prison”. But such hope was quickly dashed as his appeal was unsuccessful. As the unnamed insider puts it: “But now he’s not eligible for parole until late 2017, which has angered him”.
With that development, O J Simpson has turned from Christianity to Islam, trading his Bible for the Quran. O J Simpson reportedly became interested in Islam through fellow inmates. And following his interest in Islam, O J Simpson was introduced to former pro boxer Mike Tyson, who is himself a devout Muslim.
According to informed sources, O J Simpson is studying the Quran, and he occasionally wears the traditional Muslim Kufi prayer cap. However, during the recent holy month of Ramadan, O J Simpson struggled with the fast. As one source puts it: “O J didn’t quite make it through the entire fasting process. He cheated during the day, and bought snacks from the prison canteen. But he’s really serious about converting to Islam. O J even made himself a prayer rug for his prison cell. He really likes the idea that upon converting to Islam, all of his previous sins are forgiven. O J has a lot to be forgiven for”.
Think About It
What made an apparently successful sportsman, broadcaster and actor like O J Simpson turn into a life of crime? Having found God last year and become an evangelist of sort in prison, what made him reject his Christian faith and turn to Islam? Has it got anything to do with the failure to get a retrial with the hope of early release from prison? If in the future he faces another failure in life, will he also walk away from Islam? Can he?