Quotes

MYTHS

“My abrupt departure from the spotlight confused many of my friends and fans. Sadly, a few decided to believe strange rumours about my decision based on inaccurate information and myths…”

MYTHS

“My abrupt departure from the spotlight confused many of my friends and fans. Sadly, a few decided to believe strange rumours about my decision based on inaccurate information and myths…”

THINK DIFFERENT

“Witnessing the way in which Islam has been misunderstood, as well as
the way some Muslims themselves misinterpret and abuse the fundamentals
of the religion, has caused me to think and work in different ways.”

THINK DIFFERENT

“Witnessing the way in which Islam has been misunderstood, as well as
the way some Muslims themselves misinterpret and abuse the fundamentals
of the religion, has caused me to think and work in different ways.”

AMERICAN GOAL

“The exquisite goal of the popular American dream was to be on top: get rich, be young and good-looking. I fitted most of those categories when I made it at the grand old age of eighteen…”

AMERICAN GOAL

“The exquisite goal of the popular American dream was to be on top: get rich, be young and good-looking. I fitted most of those categories when I made it at the grand old age of eighteen…”

AFTER THE STORM

“…what happens with us humans after being saved from the jaws of a storm and
the weather settles down, is that we easily forget what we promised and go
about our usual business again.”

AFTER THE STORM

“…what happens with us humans after being saved from the jaws of a storm and
the weather settles down, is that we easily forget what we promised and go
about our usual business again.”

COVER UP?

“It appeared to me that the propaganda invented about the religion of Islam was one of the biggest theological cover-ups in history – or else we all simply had our eyes and ears closed.”

COVER UP?

“It appeared to me that the propaganda invented about the religion of Islam was one of the biggest theological cover-ups in history – or else we all simply had our eyes and ears closed.”

HURT

“I had to deal with the harsh response of the media and journalists’ noticeable distaste
at my choosing Islam. It was extremely hurtful and derogatory…”

HURT

“I had to deal with the harsh response of the media and journalists’ noticeable distaste
at my choosing Islam. It was extremely hurtful and derogatory…”

9/11

“9/11… The manic attempt to cause maximum suffering and death in the name of Islam now became the greatest opportunity to blacken the name of Muslims you could ever dream of…”

9/11

“9/11… The manic attempt to cause maximum suffering and death in the name of Islam now became the greatest opportunity to blacken the name of Muslims you could ever dream of…”

UNIVERSAL SOUNDS

“Music is universally present in this world, even in the jungles, oceans and deserts; birds sing, seas crash and the wind howls. Nature has its own magnificent song in praise of the Creator.”

UNIVERSAL SOUNDS

“Music is universally present in this world, even in the jungles, oceans and deserts; birds sing, seas crash and the wind howls. Nature has its own magnificent song in praise of the Creator.”

PEACE TRAIN

“Hey, didn’t I once write a song called ‘Peace Train’?!”

PEACE TRAIN

“Hey, didn’t I once write a song called ‘Peace Train’?!”

THE GUITAR

“I picked the guitar up again and began to play. Soon after writing a new song and
contemplating the issue, I realised that perhaps I had another job to do.”

THE GUITAR

“I picked the guitar up again and began to play. Soon after writing a new song and
contemplating the issue, I realised that perhaps I had another job to do.”

MUSICAL FLOOD

“Picking up the guitar made me feel just like I did when I first began to learn chords back in the sixties, like being an amateur again with nothing to lose; a flood of new music poured out…”

MUSICAL FLOOD

“Picking up the guitar made me feel just like I did when I first began to learn chords back in the sixties, like being an amateur again with nothing to lose; a flood of new music poured out…”

GOD FORBID!

“…criticisms came from some small sections of the Muslim community who had quite incredibly assumed that because I was making music I had left Islam – God forbid!”

GOD FORBID!

“…criticisms came from some small sections of the Muslim community who had quite incredibly assumed that because I was making music I had left Islam – God forbid!”

NO-FLY

“The issue about me being on the No Fly List was quickly and sensibly resolved without much ado by simply following the advice of the US Consul General in Dubai. He suggested: ‘Why don’t you apply for a visa?’ “

NO-FLY

“The issue about me being on the No Fly List was quickly and sensibly resolved without much ado by simply following the advice of the US Consul General in Dubai. He suggested: ‘Why don’t you apply for a visa?’ “

ARAB SPRING

“Next to Prayer (Salat) comes Charity (Zakat); paying the poor due to those in need. Remember also that the Arab awakening began with a poor vegetable-seller!”

ARAB SPRING

“Next to Prayer (Salat) comes Charity (Zakat); paying the poor due to those in need. Remember also that the Arab awakening began with a poor vegetable-seller!”

HISTORY LESSON

“The longer you live (or the more you take history seriously) the more you realize the repetitious nature of life is exactly that: it repeats itself.”

HISTORY LESSON

“The longer you live (or the more you take history seriously) the more you realize the repetitious nature of life is exactly that: it repeats itself.”

THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN

“I am not seeking or asking anyone to follow me, or my various conclusions, but only to look within themselves at the signs of the eternal truth which have already been placed there by the Creator.”

THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN

“I am not seeking or asking anyone to follow me, or my various conclusions, but only to look within themselves at the signs of the eternal truth which have already been placed there by the Creator.”

LOOKING GLASS

“As Cat Stevens or now as Yusuf Islam, I have been put in a unique position where I have become a looking glass, through which the West can see Islam, and Muslims can see the West.”

LOOKING GLASS

“As Cat Stevens or now as Yusuf Islam, I have been put in a unique position where I have become a looking glass, through which the West can see Islam, and Muslims can see the West.”

REVELATION

Because there was no sign of racialism or distinction between the Prophets, I knew that this Book was truly a Revelation from the One God. From that moment I realised that, there was nothing left for me to do but to surrender (to be a Muslim)

REVELATION

Because there was no sign of racialism or distinction between the Prophets, I knew that this Book was truly a Revelation from the One God. From that moment I realised that, there was nothing left for me to do but to surrender (to be a Muslim)

DOUBTS

Ever since I became a Muslim, I’ve had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to.

DOUBTS

Ever since I became a Muslim, I’ve had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to.

LAUGHTER AND TEARS

I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.

LAUGHTER AND TEARS

I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.

ANTI-WAR

I always stood for the elimination of conflict and wars, and any of those causes that ignite them.

ANTI-WAR

I always stood for the elimination of conflict and wars, and any of those causes that ignite them.

HAPPY ENDINGS

I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I’m an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.

HAPPY ENDINGS

I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I’m an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.

THANK GOD

I’m thankful to God that I discovered Islam before meeting Muslims.

I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur’an first and realized no person is perfect; Islam is perfect. 

However, if we try to follow the Prophet (pbuh), we will have much more success than we’re having now.

THANK GOD

I’m thankful to God that I discovered Islam before meeting Muslims.

I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur’an first and realized no person is perfect; Islam is perfect. 

However, if we try to follow the Prophet (pbuh), we will have much more success than we’re having now.

REASON

I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith, far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism.

REASON

I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith, far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism.

SING OUT!

If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there’s a million ways to be, you know that there are.

SING OUT!

If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there’s a million ways to be, you know that there are.

BLACK & WHITE

In the early days of my Islam I had a very black-and-white view of everything.

BLACK & WHITE

In the early days of my Islam I had a very black-and-white view of everything.

ROYALTIES

It’s very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work.

ROYALTIES

It’s very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work.

OBLIGATIONS

Man is created to be God’s deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.

OBLIGATIONS

Man is created to be God’s deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.

MUSIC

Music is part of God’s universe.

MUSIC

Music is part of God’s universe.

PEACE TRAIN

Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings.

PEACE TRAIN

Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings.

SELF-APPRAISAL

People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves.

SELF-APPRAISAL

People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves.

THE PROPHET’S COMPASSION

The fact that the Prophet cared for every human being and tried his best to ensure their security in the Hereafter must be the most telling of his compassionate and merciful characteristics.

THE PROPHET’S COMPASSION

The fact that the Prophet cared for every human being and tried his best to ensure their security in the Hereafter must be the most telling of his compassionate and merciful characteristics.

LEGACY

The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God’s message.

LEGACY

The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God’s message.

PROPHETIC HISTORY

The Qur’an that our young pupils learn at Islamia is full of stories and lessons from the history of humanity as a whole. The Gospels and the Torah are referred to; Jesus and Abraham are mentioned.

PROPHETIC HISTORY

The Qur’an that our young pupils learn at Islamia is full of stories and lessons from the history of humanity as a whole. The Gospels and the Torah are referred to; Jesus and Abraham are mentioned.

FIRST LESSON

The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur’an was the message of unity and peace.

FIRST LESSON

The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur’an was the message of unity and peace.

WORDS

The words of my songs speak for themselves.

WORDS

The words of my songs speak for themselves.

THE CREATOR & THE CREATED

The beauty of the Qur’an is it asks you to reflect and reason; not to worship the sun or moon, but the One who has created everything.

THE CREATOR & THE CREATED

The beauty of the Qur’an is it asks you to reflect and reason; not to worship the sun or moon, but the One who has created everything.

TERRIFIED PLANET

Today, as a Muslim, I have been shattered by the horror of recent events; the display of death and indiscriminate killing we’ve all witnessed has dented humanity’s confidence in itself. Terror on this scale affects everybody on this small planet, and no one is free from the fallout.

TERRIFIED PLANET

Today, as a Muslim, I have been shattered by the horror of recent events; the display of death and indiscriminate killing we’ve all witnessed has dented humanity’s confidence in itself. Terror on this scale affects everybody on this small planet, and no one is free from the fallout.

VIOLENCE & REVENGE

Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands: it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on more innocent families and communities.

VIOLENCE & REVENGE

Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands: it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on more innocent families and communities.

A FEW GOOD SONGS

You can argue with a philosopher, but you can’t argue with a good song. And I think I’ve got a few good songs.

A FEW GOOD SONGS

You can argue with a philosopher, but you can’t argue with a good song. And I think I’ve got a few good songs.

HAPPINESS

I once went through a stage where I turned my back on everything that I’d done before, but of course that was a radical and over zealous reaction to the spiritual happiness that I’d felt in Islam.

HAPPINESS

I once went through a stage where I turned my back on everything that I’d done before, but of course that was a radical and over zealous reaction to the spiritual happiness that I’d felt in Islam.

ISLAM HEADLINES

I feel very fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a major headline. That’s my luck. I just wish that more people had a chance to study Islam outside of the whirlwind of political torrents, which rock our world.

ISLAM HEADLINES

I feel very fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a major headline. That’s my luck. I just wish that more people had a chance to study Islam outside of the whirlwind of political torrents, which rock our world.

FLOWERS

For the soul of nobody knows,

How a flower grows – how does a flower grow?

FLOWERS

For the soul of nobody knows,

How a flower grows – how does a flower grow?

CHARITY

Whenever a person feels sorry for the poor victims of (Palestinian) occupation such as orphans, the disabled, widows and medical cases, if you try to help give charity to them – be warned, you may be considered a terrorist.

CHARITY

Whenever a person feels sorry for the poor victims of (Palestinian) occupation such as orphans, the disabled, widows and medical cases, if you try to help give charity to them – be warned, you may be considered a terrorist.

TEACHERS

Never have I taken a teaching post – nothing would petrify me more. I leave that very important job to the professionals.

TEACHERS

Never have I taken a teaching post – nothing would petrify me more. I leave that very important job to the professionals.