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Jermaine Jackson firmly believes his brother Michael would still be alive today had he just converted to Islam.

Speaking to BBC World Service radio ahead of the first anniversary Friday of Michael’s death, Jermaine, who is a Muslim, said the religion offers the peace and clarity that his brother was so desperately seeking.

“When you are 100 percent clear in your mind as to who you are and what you are and why you are and everybody around you, then things change in a way that’s better for you,” said Jermaine. “It’s just having that strength.”

He added: “God is so powerful. [Michael] was studying. He was reading a lot of books, because I brought him books from Saudi Arabia. I brought him books from Bahrain.

“I was the one who originally put him in Bahrain because I wanted him to get out of America because it was having a cherry-picking time on my brother.”

Jackson said his brother was not against converting to Islam.

“All of his security became Muslims because he trusted Islam, because these are people who would lay their lives down and also who were trying to be the best kind of human beings they could possibly be not for Michael Jackson, for Allah,” he said.

“So having those people around, you knew that you would be protected because it is protection from God,” he added.