“My songs are a kind of narrative to my life and if you look at them listen to them you’ll hear all the explanations of where I was and where I was going”

Yusuf Islam - A Few Good Songs 2006

“I discovered something beyond the facade of what we are taught to believe about others particularly the muslim world and I had my misconceptions so I had to break through that”

Yusuf Islam - TED talk 2017

“You know its a mysterious thing about how music is so powerful. I believe its something to do with the longing that human beings have for unification with something higher and more harmonious than their existence and their mundane lives. Wanting to grasp that somehow becomes possible through the vehicle of music”

Yusuf Islam - Harold and Maude interview

“You’ll find that a lot of songs were seeking answers. Now I didn’t have the answers. I was looking for answers. As a poet I’d be expressing myself. As a songwriter I would be expressing myself through my music, through my words but I wasn’t really providing any answers I was looking. So there was a gap, music in a way fills a certain need, Fulfils a certain need mainly when people are living in the kind of pressure of this modern life they need some relief.”

Yusuf Islam - The Island Record Story 1980

“I started reflecting my thoughts and those questions which were knocking at my conscious. I started writing those kind of lyrics in my songs”

Yusuf Islam - VH1 Interview

“Your God and our God is one God. I mean what could be clearer? But then if you ask what the headlines say they would not imagine that that is what muslims believe.”

Yusuf Islam - TED talk 2017

“The media has played a rather non-positive role in creating my image and I think that its time that people listen to my words and what comes from my heart rather than what other people say about me”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

“I suppose that the media and their portrayal of Islam and the almost tribal separations and divisions of the Muslims are the greatest issues confronting Muslims in the United Kingdom.”

Yusuf Islam

“The fact that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 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.”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

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

Yusuf Islam

“The verses of the Qur’an talked about other Prophets as brothers preaching the same unifying script of mankind, showing every man and woman the way to Paradise. I saw the names of Jesus, of Moses, of Abraham, of Jacob, of Noah and of course, crucially, the name of this last messenger, the last Messenger of God, Muhammad.”

Yusuf Islam

“I was searching for God all my life, and as I moved from one spiritual teaching to another, I came to see them as circles, so I decided to look at what it was at the center of each of these circles; I saw Christianity as a circle, and at the center of it was Christ. I saw Judaism as a circle, and at the center of it was the Jewish identity. I saw Buddhism as a circle, and at the center of it was the Self and overcoming it. When I came to Islam, I saw it as a circle, but at its center I found only God, and God was Whom I was looking for all my life”.

Yusuf Islam

“People who rush to judge others simply because of a difference in fiqh (understanding) are more in danger than anyone to fall into error and should remember the dangers to themselves”

Yusuf Islam

“There are three types of people: Those building Bridges; those bent on destroying them; and those waiting to cross”

Yusuf Islam

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

(From ‘Why I Still Carry a Guitar’)

Yusuf Islam

“There is a God
You can know Him if you try
You can approach Him if you try…”

Yusuf Islam

“I don’t think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings…whichever faith you belong, you profess, I think we’ll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess.”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

For the soul of nobody knows, how a flower grows – how does a flower grow?

Yusuf Islam

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.

Yusuf Islam

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.

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

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

Yusuf Islam

“The words of my songs speak for themselves.”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

“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.”

Yusuf Islam

“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…”

Yusuf Islam

“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…”

Yusuf Islam

“It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.”

Muhammad Iqbal

“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

“If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad?”

Alphonse de Lamartine

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”


“Faith is not faith unless it seeks understanding.”

Abdal Hakim Winter

“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”

Jallaludin Rumi

“Allah, Most High, has truly blessed us. He has created just for us the mysterious spirit that He has breathed into us and by so doing distinguished us from all other physical creation. He has adorned us with our incomparable intellect, which further distinguishes us from all else in this creation. What other creature on this planet – another gift He has blessed us with – can even begin to create the likes of this Internet? Will we not stop, give thanks to our Merciful and Generous Lord? Will we not stop and realize how precious our lives are and begin to show each other more love, mercy, kindness and empathy? Will we not stop, take time, and reflect?”

Imam Zaid Shakir

“There is only what He wills.
So leave your cares and abandon them.
Leave your preoccupations
which distract you and you will have rest.”

Yaqut al -‘Arishi

“Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life;
without light and shade no picture is clear.”

Inayat Khan

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Mohandas K. Gandhi

“You must be such an ardent lover of truthfulness that every statement you make assumes the quality of a solemn oath.”

Abdal Qadir Al-Jilani

“There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.”

Malcolm X

“Those who refuse to listen should not expect to be heard.”

Gai Eaton

Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said:

“When Allah loves a servant he tests him”



Prophet Solomon (Sulaiman) (peace be upon him) said:

“Would you give me wealth when what God has given me is better than all the riches He has given you? No, rather it is you who delight in your gift.”

The Qur’an  27:36

Prophet Jesus (Isa) (peace be upon him) said:

“O Children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.”

The Qur’an 61:6

Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) (peace be upon him) said:

“Father, why do you worship what neither hears nor sees nor avails you in the least? Father, do not worship Satan. Surely, Satan is disobedient to the Most Merciful (Allah).”

Prophet Jacob (Ya’qub) (peace be upon him) said:

“O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Satan is to man an open enemy! Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favor on you and on the offspring of Ya’qub, as He perfected it on your fathers, Abraham, and Isaac aforetime! Verily! Your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”

Prophet Jacob (Ya’qub) (peace be upon him) said:

“O my son! Relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they arrange a plot against you. Verily! Satan is to man an open enemy! Thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams (and other things) and perfect His Favor on you and on the offspring of Ya’qub, as He perfected it on your fathers, Abraham, and Isaac aforetime! Verily! Your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”


Prophet Solomon (Sulaiman) (peace be upon him) said:

“My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I maybe grateful for Your Favors which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves.”

The Qur’an 27:17-19

Prophet Jesus (Isa) (peace be upon him), the son of Mary, said:

“Love of this world and love of the next world can never reside in the heart of a believer simultaneously, just as fire and water cannot be contained in a single vessel at the same time.”

Prophet Lot (Lut) (peace be upon him) said:

“Indeed, I am to you a trustworthy messenger.So fear Allah and obey me. And I do not ask you for it any payment. My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds.” 

Prophet Moses (Musa) (peace be upon him) said:

“O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him.”


The Qur’an 7:59

Once the Last Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was walking with his wife, Safiyyah bint Huyay, when two companions from the Ansar passed by them. The Prophet called them and said, ‘She is my wife, Safiyyah bint Huyay.’ They were surprised and asked him why he said that. He replied, ‘Satan flows inside people like blood, I feared maybe he put bad thoughts in your minds about me.’

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever goes out in search of knowledge is on the Path of God until returning”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“If you are three, two amongst you should not converse secretly between yourselves to the exclusion of the other (third one), unti some other people join him (and dispel his loneliness), for it may hurt his feelings.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“The similitude of mine and that of the Apostles before me is that of a person who built a house quite imposing and beautiful and he made it complete but for one brick in one of its corners. People began to walk round it, and the building pleased them and they would say: But for this brick your building would have been perfect. Muhammad (ﷺ) said: And I am that final brick.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Anyone of you who sees wrong, let him undo it with his hand; and if he cannot, then let him speak against it with his tongue, and if he cannot do this either, then (let him abhor it) with his heart, and this is the least of faith.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Fever is from the vehement raging of the fire of Hell, so extinguish it with water.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“The proud will not enter paradise, nor a violent speaker.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“That person is nearest to God, who pardons, when he has someone in his power, one who would have injured him.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“The proud will not enter paradise, nor a violent speaker.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever believes in one God and the hereafter, should speak what is good or remain silent.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Truly God instructs me to be humble and lowly and not proud, and no one should oppress others.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“A person suffered from intense thirst while on a journey, when he found a well. He climbed down into it and drank (water) and then came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue on account of thirst and eating the moistened earth. The person said: This dog has suffered from thirst as I had suffered from it. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, then caught it in his mouth until he climbed up and made the dog drink it. So Allah appreciated this act of his and pardoned him. Then (the Companions around him) said: Allah’s Messenger, is there for us a reward even for (serving) such animals? He said: Yes, there is a reward for service to every living animal.”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“Three practices will keep sincere your brother’s love for you: greeting him when you see him; making room for him in gatherings; and calling him by the most endearing of his names.”

And The Messenger of God also said:

“Hearts naturally love those who are kind to them and loath those who are cruel”

The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said:

“A man inclines to the belief of his friend, so let each one of you watch out who he befriends.”

When the Quran is recited, listen to it, and pay attention, so that you may experience mercy.

And remember your Lord within yourself, humbly and fearfully, and quietly, in the morning and the evening, and do not be of the neglectful.

Those who are in the presence of your Lord are not too proud to worship Him. They recite His praises, and to Him they bow down.

The Qur'an 7: 204-206

Alif, Lam, Meem.

This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guide for the righteous.

Those who believe in the unseen, and perform the prayers, and give from what We have provided for them.

And those who believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter.

These are upon guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.

The Qur'an 2:1-5

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only Allah – the eternal source of everything He neither begets, nor was He ever born and there is nothing that is similar to Him

The Quran 112: 1-4

By [the passing of] Time
Verily mankind is in loss
Except such as believe
and do good works,
and enjoin on one another Truth,
and enjoin on one another, patience.

The Qur’an 103:1-3

Not a messenger did we send before thee without this inspiration sent by us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me.

The Qur’an 21:25

Those who spend their wealth in the way of God, and then do not follow up what they spent with reminders of their generosity or with insults, will have their reward with their Lord—they have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.

The Qur'an 2:268

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His Light is like a niche wherein is a lamp; the lamp is in a crystal, and the crystal, shining as if a pearl-like radiant star, lit from the oil of a blessed olive tree that is neither of the east nor of the west. The oil would almost give light of itself though no fire touches it. Light upon light! God guides to His Light whom He wills. God strikes parables for people. God has full knowledge of all things.

The Qur’an 24:35

Exempt those who join a people with whom you have concluded a peace treaty, and those who come to you with hearts unwilling to fight you, nor to fight their relatives. Had God willed, he could have placed them in power over you and they would have made war on you. Therefore, if they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then God gives you no way to go against them.

The Qur’an 4:90

Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to them will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.

The Qur’an 16:97

Can’t those who disbelieve see that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?

The Qur’an 21:30

Verily! Allah orders justice and kindness and giving
to relatives, and forbids lewdness, bad conduct and oppression.
Allah instructs you that perhaps you may be reminded.

The Qur’an 16:90

O Children of Adam! Dress properly at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but do not be excessive. He does not love the excessive.

The Qur'an 7:31

And when they hear vain talk, they turn away from it and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we do not seek out the ignorant.

The Qur’an 28:55

God does not love corruption.

The Qur’an 2:205

And in their (the earlier prophets) footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.

The Qur’an 5:46

Say, ‘O mankind, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray [in violation] against it. And I am not a warder over you.’

The Qur’an 10:108

Indeed, God will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

The Qur’an 13:11

The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness.

The Qur’an 55:61

The worshippers of the All-Merciful are they who tread gently upon the earth, and when the ignorant address them, they reply, “Peace!”

The Qur’an 25:63

In the name of God, The Supremely Merciful, The Most Kind

Say: I seek refuge with The Lord and Cherisher of Mankind. The King of Mankind. The God of Mankind. From the mischief of the sneaking whisperer. Who whispers into the hearts of Mankind. From among Jinn and Mankind.

The Qur'an: 114

And be moderate in your walking, and lower your voice.

The Qur’an 31:19