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Yusuf Islam

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Cat Stevens became a convert to Islam in 1977, after a near-death experience. He adopted the name Yusuf Islam in 1979, and became an outspoken advocate for the religion.
Recently in Nov. 2006, his first pop album after 28 years, “An Other Cup”, was released under the name Yusuf.
He currently lives in London with his wife and children, where he is an active member of the Muslim community.

Following Ayatollah Khomeini’s February 14, 1989 death fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, he made statements that were interpreted as endorsing the killing of Rushdie. This generated a furor among a number of celebrities and free-speech activists in the West who spoke out about his comments on radio stations and newspaper editorials. On February 21, 1989, Yusuf Islam addressed students at Kingston University in London about his conversion to Islam and was asked about the controversy in the Muslim world and the fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie’s execution. He replied, “He must be killed. The Qur’an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die.”
He founded, and is chairman of, the Small Kindness charity, which initially assisted famine victims in Africa and now supports thousands of orphans and families in the Balkans, Indonesia, and Iraq. Islam also founded the charity Muslim Aid, but left as founding Chairman in 1999.

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  • gringotes

    ficou louco, apenas

    11 Oct 11:21pm Reply
  • DJMorpheme

    Lost his mind...sadly. @hookbags - well said!

    6 Sep 7:04pm Reply
  • Kara_Budun

    terroristcore lol [5]

    1 Sep 2:15pm Reply
  • hookbags

    @Yume I know" the religion in the fact" and all religion is a lie. He is a nasty piece of work this bloke. Why should I appreciate any religion? It is just fairy tales. Calling for a man innocent of any crime (Salman Rushdie) to be murdered is evil. Only a person of poor character would do this.

    13 May 10:32am Reply
  • yume_nohikari

    he's not terrorist at all!! please don't judge any religion before you know their religion in the fact!! please be appreciate any religion! and his music still awesome! :))

    22 Feb 6:06pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    terroristcore lol [4]

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wingedwind

    people are so mean... :|

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MONGOL9999999

    lol I remember the advert for his new album on the TV and it said "The artist formally known as Cat Stevens" but I thought it said "Cat Deeley" at first, I thought she had a sex change or something lmao.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Antonio_kill666

    terroristcore lol [3] XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • hookbags

    @Rejoicers - Another muslim apologist. There is no excuse for publicly calling for the murder of an innocent man. This guy is an arsehole.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rejoicers

    @panzerlamb <- another immature person who has boring life

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dawoodb

    like

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • CFH-MadButcher

    666

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • panzerlamb

    Another Muslim scum bucket who wants to incite murder!

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • ut0

    الله أكبر

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I like Cat but i don't like his religion

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • yisen_t1

    I love his music

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KargyraaMessiah

    One of the greatest mysteries in Modern Times. I respect Cat enough to accept his choices. But he chose a lifestyle that sometimes frowns on Westerners AND on personal musical pursuits. Maybe I missed something. Either way, I miss his old music, and I'm bummed hes so estranged now. I'm happy for him if he's happy though.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BigDaddy555666

    Disgusting being.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • primusroad

    feeling so good

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
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