Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens


7/21/1948, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Steven Demetre Georgiou



Also Known As

Yusuf Islam
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    • Cat Stevens: Life is a maze of doors and they all open from the side you're on. Just keep on pushing hard boy, try as you may, you're going to wind up where you started from

    • Cat Stevens: Baby I know, the first cut is the deepest.

    • Cat Stevens: Ooh baby, baby, it's a wild world, it's hard just to get by upon a smile.

    • Cat Stevens: I enjoy life. I think I'll enjoy death even more.

    • Cat Stevens: I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one.

    • Cat Stevens: Praise with elation, praise every morning, God's creation of the new day.

    • Cat Stevens: From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.

    • Cat Stevens: Man may live and man may die searching for the question why. But if he tries to rule the sky, he must fall.

    • Cat Stevens: You will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

    • Cat Stevens: Love heats my blood, blood spins my head, and my head falls in love.

    • Cat Stevens: If I make a mark in time, I can't say the mark is mine.

    • Cat Stevens: 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

    • Cat Stevens: 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."

    • Cat Stevens: When many astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space, and they become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah.

    • Cat Stevens: 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.

    • Cat Stevens: To be what you want to be, you must give up being what you are.

    • Cat Stevens: Though times have changed, it's a nice surprise to see that youthful feeling of anti-war sentiment returning once more to the cobbled main streets of Europe.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: There was great interest in the Eastern mysticism. I began reading and the first thing I began to become aware of was of death, and that the soul moves on, it does not stop. I felt I was taking the road to bliss and high accomplishment. I started meditating and even became a vegetarian.

    • Cat Stevens: There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.

    • Cat Stevens: The words of the songs speak for themselves.

    • Cat Stevens: The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur'an was the message of unity and peace.

    • Cat Stevens: The spiritual quest was always the predominant aspect of my life. It's always been there. But there's also an incredible passion connected to it; it's not just a dry investigative process. I have been extremely emotional about it, and that comes out in the songs.

    • Cat Stevens: The Qur'an speaks on different levels.

    • Cat Stevens: The Prince's visit was important because it shows that Muslims are accepted in this country. He told me he was a Cat Stevens fan. I think he has some of my albums.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: The Koran 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.

    • Cat Stevens: The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit to value. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God's message.

    • Cat Stevens: 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.

    • Cat Stevens: The consternation of Muslims living in the west is clearly justified: Islamophobia is not a theory, it's a fact, and many ordinary Muslims in the U.K. and elsewhere are suffering, unseen and unheard.

    • Cat Stevens: Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context.

    • Cat Stevens: Perhaps people will remember my voice and what I was able to do with it.

    • Cat Stevens: People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: Music is part of God's universe.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.

    • Cat Stevens: 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.

    • Cat Stevens: It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: 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: In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: 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: I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.

    • Cat Stevens:I've re-examined my past body of work, and you can call it a rejuvenation. It's a natural expression of my concern as a Muslim and as an artist. I believe both can exist side by side, particularly when the cause is right.

    • Cat Stevens: I was quite domineering... There was a moment where the cameraman almost stuck the camera up my nose, and I got very upset and uptight.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: I think it's great to have something of that era, of my history as a performer, out there on record because maybe a lot of people would never have experienced it. I think the show was very, very powerful.

    • Cat Stevens: I think I will just use guitar as backing. I'm not doing a traditional folk thing, but a contemporary thing-my own version of folk, if you like.

    • Cat Stevens: 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.

    • Cat Stevens: I started making songs. But deep down, I had a feeling for humanity, a feeling that if I became rich, I would help the needy.

    • Cat Stevens: I realized... I still had some kind of skill in being able to produce audio material which might be interesting as an educational tool for those people who know very little about Islam.

    • Cat Stevens: 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: 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, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet... we will be successful.

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

    • Cat Stevens: Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah.

    • Cat Stevens: 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.

    • Cat Stevens: Communal well-being is central to human life.

    • Cat Stevens: Because there was no sign of racialism or separation 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 be a Muslim-and that was what I did 28 years ago.

    • Cat Stevens: Because I don't play guitar any more, African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to me. I love the raw origin of the sound. It complements my voice and words naturally.

    • Cat Stevens: As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution to the dangerous path some world leaders today seem to be taking.

    • Cat Stevens: All things can be forgiven if we can progress.

    • Cat Stevens: After embracing Islam in 1977, I considered the majority of underprivileged dark-skinned people of the so-called Third World brothers and sisters in humanity.

    • Cat Stevens: A person who steals bread during a famine is not treated as a thief.