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warpig
11-06-2010, 05:20 PM
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.7793/pub_detail.asp


Following his conversion, Yusuf abandoned his music career. When he became a Muslim in 1977, he said, the Imam at the mosque was told that he was a pop star, and he told Yusuf that it was fine to continue as a musician, so long as the songs were morally acceptable. But Yusuf says he knew there were aspects of the music business, such as vanity and temptations that did go against the teachings of the Qur’an and this was the primary reason he gave for retreating from the spotlight.

On February 21, 1989, Yusuf Islam addressed students at Kingston University in London about his conversion to Islam and was asked about the controversy in the Muslim world and the fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie's execution. He replied, "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die." "Philadelphia Inquirer", February 24, 1989, p.5A, "Iran: West to blame Islam for forthcoming terrorism".

Although Yusuf has claimed that he never made these statements, on May 22, 1989 he made similar statements on the BBC according to the NY Times,

The musician known as Cat Stevens said in a British television program to be broadcast next week that rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, ''I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing.''

But that wasn’t enough, oh no, not for Mr. Islam. In 1990, years before 9/11, he was banned from Israel. ABC news reported,

The former British music star, who has gone by the name Yusuf Islam for more than 20 years, landed in Israel on a flight from Germany early on Wednesday. He was held at the airport for several hours and sent back to Germany, government spokesman Moshe Fogel said. Islam, who now sings only for his mosque, had “transferred funds” to Hamas in the past, Fogel told Reuters.

“There was a problem with allowing him into the country because he is a Hamas supporter,” he said. “He didn’t seem like he was coming here for summer tourism. Any country has the right to prevent terror within its own borders.”

“He knew before he got on the plane that he didn’t have permission to come into the country,” Fogel said.

Had Been Barred Before

Islam, who recorded hits including “Peace Train” and “Wild World” before converting to Islam in 1977, last visited Israel in 1988. The government claims that during that trip he delivered tens of thousands of dollars to Hamas.

Two years later, in 1990, he tried to enter again along with his 8-year-old son but was barred.

Then in September, 2004 he was deported from the U.S. And why would the U.S. ban this person? Reuters reported on ABC news,

Cat Stevens deported amid terrorism fears

Former pop singer Cat Stevens has been deported to Britain after United States officials said his activities could be "linked to terrorism" and his name was put on a US no-fly list.

Homeland Security spokesman Brian Doyle said Mr. Islam's plane was bound for Washington DC but was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Tuesday after his name turned up on US lists of suspected terrorists.

"Why is he on the watch lists? Because of his activities that could be potentially linked to terrorism. The intelligence community has come into possession of additional information that further raises our concern," Mr. Doyle said.

A law enforcement official who asked not to be identified said the United States had information that Mr. Islam, who visited the United States in May, had donated money to the militant Islamic group Hamas.

hampshirebrit
11-06-2010, 06:13 PM
Cat Stevens is an idiot.

It takes a particular weakness of character to convert to Islam.

I have known some Brits who have done this incredibly stupid thing, so I am more than qualified to speak on the subject.

warpig
11-06-2010, 06:18 PM
I was unaware he had donated this money or was banned from trying to enter Israel.

Odysseus
11-07-2010, 02:53 PM
I wonder what it would have been like if he'd rewritten Peace Train for his new buddies? Hmmmmm...

Jihad Train
By: the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens

Now I've been praying lately
Thinking about the jihad to come
And I believe it could be
Martyrdom has begun

Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming how the WTC was done
And I believe it could be
Someday Allah’s going to come

'Cause bringing an age of darkness
There rides jihad train
jihad train take this country
Make the kaffirs feel some pain

Now I've been smiling lately
Thinking about how the infidels run
On that nine-eleven
That shit was so much fun

Chorus:
Jihad train sounding louder
Ride on jihad train
Ooh-Ah-Lah-Hu-Akbar
Come on jihad train
Jihad train holy roller
Infidels get under jihad train
Ooh-Ah-Lah-Hu-Akbar
Come on jihad train

Get your knives together
Go bring Kalashinovs, too
'Cause we’re gonna go out
and strike crusaders and Jews

Now come and join the martyrs
It's not so hard to do
Blow up a crowd of children
72 virgins all for you

Repeat Chorus

Now I've been crying lately
Thinking about the US as it is
That’s why we’ll go on killing
Then spend our lives in bliss

'Cause we want the world in darkness
Under the jihad train
Where jihad train take this country
Sharia rules again

Repeat Chorus

Final Chorus:

Jihad train is sounding louder
Ride on the jihad train
Ooh-Ah-Lah-Hu-Akbar
Come on jihad train
Jihad train holy roller
Jump up on the jihad train
Ride - ride on the jihad train

Repeat five times per day while dancing the Macarena on your knees.

hampshirebrit
11-07-2010, 03:40 PM
I wonder what it would have been like if he'd rewritten Peace Train for his new buddies? Hmmmmm...

Jihad Train


LMAO. That's f'ing superb. :D

You're talented, Major O, I have to hand it to ya.

Odysseus
11-07-2010, 04:27 PM
LMAO. That's f'ing superb. :D

You're talented, Major O, I have to hand it to ya.

I do try. BTW, how'd you like the stuff at the FB Page?

hampshirebrit
11-07-2010, 05:26 PM
I do try. BTW, how'd you like the stuff at the FB Page?

It's very good. My favourite is still the woman at the bar, though, the one you posted a while back. I really like that.