Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Heather Ronaldson0
Cat Stevens returns to music scene after converting to Islam
The former Cat Stevens now goes by a different name, one associated with a newfound peace and faith. The now Yusuf Islam has stepped back into the lime-light after a temporary break from music following his recent conversion to Islam.
“At one point, music was my religion,” he said in a question-and-answer article as posted on Al Jazeera. The 1960s and 70s rock icon sold over 60 million albums with hits including “Peace Train,” “Father and Son” and “Wild World.”
“I was a serious dreamer and I was looking for the truth. It was only when I finally bumped into Islam through a gift of the Quran that I realized that all the answers I needed were there,” he said.
Islam had some trepidation preceding his conversion due to the fact that music is haram, or forbidden, according to the Quran.
“When you’re a new Muslim, you’re very careful of what you do. So I tread very carefully. I decided because of the almost insulting approach that the media took to me upon embracing Islam that I had had enough of that, so I didn’t bother to continue,” he said in the article.
One day his son brought Islam’s guitar back into the house. Without a word, he had communicated enough to ignite the fire Islam was so famous for in the 60s and 70s, music.
“I was surprised that my fingers remembered where my fingers should go,” Islam said.
The London native has already been performing in the Middle East, including in the Museum of Islamic Art Park in January, 2012. According to the press release, Islam was one of the first Muslim converts to write Islamic songs in English.
Commenting on his return, he said, “I needed to reconnect with the fans I left back in the 70s who still held the same ideals for peace and love which I sang about and which I still promote today as a Muslim.”