Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam] Quotes

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Born: 1948-07-21, Marylebone, London, England, UK
Birth Country: England, UK
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Religion: Muslim

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'Peace Train' is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

2.
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.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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I became alienated from this religious upbringing, and started making music. I wanted to be a big star. All those things I saw in the films and on the media took hold of me, and perhaps I thought this was my god: the goal of making money.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

4.
I became very famous, as a teenager, and my name and photo were splashed in all the media. They made me larger than life, so I wanted to live larger than life, and the only way to do that was to be intoxicated.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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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.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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I had to learn my faith and look after my family, and I had to make priorities. But now I've done it all and there's a little space for me to fill in the universe of music again.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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I looked at some of the statues of Jesus they were just stones with no life. When they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I believed it, simply because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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I suppose that by being absent from the music business, it appeared that I just dropped out, but really I never did. I was continuously working and doing various things.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

9.
I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

10.
I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

11.
I've studied various schools of thought... I acknowledge that some Muslims consider music prohibited, but I've found a lot of evidence from the life of the Prophet to show that he allowed certainly, but even encouraged, music at certain times.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

12.
In a World where people are surrounded by darkness, ignorance and fear, it is a sign of hope to be celebrating Islam's message of peace and light, and the last great Messenger, born and chosen to deliver them to all mankind.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

13.
In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything. I think that's kind of natural for anyone who's just embraced Islam - or any religion - as a convert. It was important for me to duck out of the fast and furious life I'd been living as a pop star. I was in a different mood.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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In those days a concert was a personal experience. I wanted to be as close as possible to the audience, and of course big stadiums didn't enable you to do that. It wasn't my style.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

16.
Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

17.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

18.
Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

19.
Music is part of God's universe.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

20.
Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

21.
Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

22.
The latest horror to hit the U.S. looks to have been caused by people of Middle Eastern origin, bearing Muslim names. Again, shame. This fuels more hatred for a religion and a people who have nothing to do with these events.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

23.
The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur'an was the message of unity and peace.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

24.
There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

25.
There was no division I could see between the essential teaching of all Prophets and wise men of religion.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

26.
They have hijacked my religion.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

27.
This is the beauty of the Qur'an: it asks you to reflect and reason, and not to worship the sun or moon but the One who has created everything. The Qur'an asks man to reflect upon the sun and moon and God's creation in general.
- Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]

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