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Born in London, UK (imdb.com)

Spouse: Fawzia Ali (9 September 1979 - present) 5 children (imdb.com)

Released his first album in 17 years - "Life of the Last Prophet" (1995); It contains 66 minutes of narration about the life of Mohammad plus 3 traditional Islamic songs. (imdb.com)

Decided to pursue religion after nearly drowning in the ocean in Malibu, USA. He converted to Islam after his brother took a trip to Jerusalem. (imdb.com)

Changed his name from Stephen Georgiou to Cat Stevens to Yusuf Islam. (imdb.com)

Converted to Islam after his brother took a trip to Jerusalem (imdb.com)

Has four daughters and one son (imdb.com)

Re-recorded hit song "Peace Train" for the collective album "Hope" (April 2003) in support of peace for Iraq. (imdb.com)

Family: Is of Greek Cypriot heritage - his father is Greek, mother is Swedish. Has four daughters and one son. (imdb.com)

Universally derided in 1989 when he allegedly went on record supporting the Ayatollah Khomeini`s death sentence against The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. Stevens`s records were burned and taken out of stores, and many radio stations permanently boycotted his music. Nearly a decade later, Stevens claimed he was highly misquoted, that he didn`t support the Ayatollah`s sentence. Rather, he merely reiterated the Koran`s teachings about those who "defame the prophet." Stevens says he bears no ill will towards Rushdie, and did not wish for him to be killed. (imdb.com)

Released in November of 1968 after spending three months in hospital recovering from tuberculosis. (imdb.com)

On a flight from London on 21st September 2004 he was refused entry to USA on national security grounds. The flight had already taken off before his name was spotted as being on the US "watch list". The plane was diverted to Bangor, Maine, where he was taken off and returned to London. (imdb.com)

Wrote `Sweet Scarlet` for love interest Carly Simon and she wrote `Anticipation` for him. (imdb.com)

Refused to license his song "Father And Son" for use in Moulin Rouge! (2001). It was the first musical number in the original script. Because of his current religious beliefs, he objected to the sexual content in the film. The scene featuring "Father and Son" was to have been between Christian and his father in his father`s office, with all his father`s employees joining in for the chorus. This was to be the segue into his leaving home for Paris. The scene is included in the complete script on the Special Edition DVD. (imdb.com)

Following the 9/11 attacks, he issued a statement "expressing his horror at the attacks on the innocent people of the United States". He also stated that "no right thinking Muslim would ever condone such Acts". (imdb.com)

Is a vegetarian. (imdb.com)

Date of Birth, 21 July 1948, London, England, UK (imdb.com)

Birth Name, Stephen Demetre Georgiou (imdb.com)

Spouse, Fawzia Ali (9 September 1979 - present) 5 children (imdb.com)

Released his first album in 17 years - "Life of the Last Prophet" (1995); It contains 66 minutes of narration about the life of Mohammad plus 3 traditional Islamic songs. (imdb.com)

Decided to pursue religion after nearly drowning in the ocean in Malibu, USA. He converted to Islam after his brother took a trip to Jerusalem. (imdb.com)

Changed his name from Stephen Georgiou to Cat Stevens to Yusuf Islam. (imdb.com)

Converted to Islam after his brother took a trip to Jerusalem (imdb.com)

Has four daughters and one son (imdb.com)

Re-recorded hit song "Peace Train" for the collective album "Hope" (April 2003) in support of peace for Iraq. (imdb.com)

Family: Is of Greek Cypriot heritage - his father is Greek, mother is Swedish. Has four daughters and one son. (imdb.com)

Universally derided in 1989 when he allegedly went on record supporting the Ayatollah Khomeini`s death sentence against The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. Stevens`s records were burned and taken out of stores, and many radio stations permanently boycotted his music. Nearly a decade later, Stevens claimed he was highly misquoted, that he didn`t support the Ayatollah`s sentence. Rather, he merely reiterated the Koran`s teachings about those who "defame the prophet." Stevens says he bears no ill will towards Rushdie, and did not wish for him to be killed. (imdb.com)

Released in November of 1968 after spending three months in hospital recovering from tuberculosis. (imdb.com)

On a flight from London on 21st September 2004 he was refused entry to USA on national security grounds. The flight had already taken off before his name was spotted as being on the US "watch list". The plane was diverted to Bangor, Maine, where he was taken off and returned to London. (imdb.com)

Wrote `Sweet Scarlet` for love interest Carly Simon and she wrote `Anticipation` for him. (imdb.com)

Refused to license his song "Father And Son" for use in Moulin Rouge! (2001). It was the first musical number in the original script. Because of his current religious beliefs, he objected to the sexual content in the film. The scene featuring "Father and Son" was to have been between Christian and his father in his father`s office, with all his father`s employees joining in for the chorus. This was to be the segue into his leaving home for Paris. The scene is included in the complete script on the Special Edition DVD. (imdb.com)

Following the 9/11 attacks, he issued a statement "expressing his horror at the attacks on the innocent people of the United States". He also stated that "no right thinking Muslim would ever condone such Acts". (imdb.com)

Is a vegetarian. (imdb.com)

Where is he Now: Abandoned the music business in 1978 and converted to Islam lives in London with his wife and 5 children (imdb.com)


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