December 20, 2006, - 5:03 am

No “Peace Train”: Why is America Embracing Extremist Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)?

By Debbie Schlussel
Is a CD recorded by a Muslim extremist the “perfect gift for the music maven”?
Borders thinks so and is marketing “Another Cup,” by Yusuf Islam ne Cat Stevens ne Steven Georgiou, in its glossy “Holiday Guide” magazine insert, urging Americans to buy “Yusuf’s first pop collection since he adopted the Muslim faith in 1977.”
In 2004, Islam was on the “no fly list” and denied entry into the United States, after a plane he was on was forced to make an emergency landing in Maine, due to Islam’s ties to Islamic terrorists. The government reversed that decision and granted Islam a visa to promote his new CD.
And today and tomorrow, Sirius Satellite Radio will devote several hours to broadcasts and an entire channel to interviews and performances by Islam.


Extremist Muslim Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam & His Extremist Muslim Family

The world is littered with former folk singers and pop stars from the ’60s and ’70s who’ve tried to make a comeback. But none has received the endless hype that pop culture outlets are providing to Yusuf Islam.
And none has uttered the extremist views spewed by Islam throughout the years, without apology.
In 1988, he authored the pamphlet “Eyewitness,” in which he claimed:

The Jews seem neither to respect God nor his creation. Their own holy books contain the curse of God brought upon them by their prophets on account of their disobedience to Him and mischief in the earth. We have seen the disrespect for religion displayed by those who consider themselves to be ‘God’s chosen people.’…There will be no justice until all the land is given back to its rightful owners… Only Islam can bring peace back to the Holy Land.

Islam’s description of the Jews makes no specific exemption for Mel Karmazin, the Jewish Sirius Satellite CEO who is providing Islam a forum to promote his CD for the next two days. Attention, Mr. Karmazin . . . .
In 1989, a week after Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa for the murder of “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie, Islam agreed:

He must be killed. The Koran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, he must die.

And Islam’s views haven’t changed much. A map of the Middle East currently on his website doesn’t recognize Israel. There is only “Holyland” on his Map of Hate. In 2004, Islam told ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas that he supports HAMAS.
The entertainment industry wants to shove all of that under the rug. “Enough time has passed since the [Rushdie] fatwa,” says Billboard’s director of charts, Geoff Mayfield. “His faith is established and less of a negative than it might have been earlier.”
But objections to the embrace of Yusuf Islam are not about his “faith”. They are about his extremist statements and actions. A May 2003 expose on Islam in GQ documented his many ties to Osama Bin Laden and HAMAS. The author–Jake Tapper, now with ABC News–detailed Islam’s tight relationship with Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, the leader of the London based Al-Muhajiroun, which is believed to be Al-Qaeda in Britain. Bakri organized the famed London celebration of “The Magnificent 19” on the 1-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Islam was denied entry into Israel twice because on two previous trips there, he met with senior HAMAS officials and donated money to them, according to Israeli court documents. One of those officials, Sheikh Jamil Hamami, is a key figure in the federal investigation of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which President Bush shut down and designated as a global terrorist entity laundering money to HAMAS.
Now, in an attempt to moderate his image, Islam is pretending these things never happened. And so is the music industry.
“Don’t let me be misunderstood,” Islam told USA Today. That’s also the name of a song he covers on his new CD.
But the problem is that we understand him very, very well. Now, how do we get Billboard Magazine and Sirius to understand?
The man who sang “Peace Train” isn’t so peaceful.
Read my October 2006 piece, “Cat Stevens: Simmering HAMASnik, CrotchWoman & the Ignoble Nobel Peace Prize.”
Read my original 2004 piece on Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, when he was denied entry into the U.S., “Islam Denied Entry: Cat Stevens'”Peace Train” of Islamic Hate Derailed.” Looks like that train is back on track. And, unfortunately, our government has allowed it to leave the station.

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33 Responses

i can agree debbie i can not believe sirius would embrace this thug he has been out of the limelight close to 30 years now and they treat him like a hero. i hope you have talk to mel k at sirius about the bragging of him on there channels. let him go back to wherever and let the arab tv/radio embrace him.

PNAMARBLE on December 20, 2006 at 5:40 am

Gee whats the problem here? Why wouldn’t Sirius give a terrorist airtime? After all- America seems to have forgiven & forgot everything evil people say or do. Woody Allen slept with his step-daughter- but thats OK. Jesse Jackson called NY “Hymie-town” but thats OK. Bill Clinton got a BJ in the oval office- NO PROBLEM!
I bet in a few years- Al Queda flew planes in to buildings??- NO PROBLEM!! The only person who seems to remain villified in the perception of the American public is Kevin Federline.

MarySJ on December 20, 2006 at 8:07 am

There are plenty of idiots and supporters out there who are only too willing to climb aboard the “Fleece Train”.
islam = the religion of murder.
BTW, isn’t the Romanian Steven Georgiou aware that his prophet was a thief and a murderer?

Thee_Bruno on December 20, 2006 at 8:52 am

Why won’t this bum just dry up and go away?
How many people are aware that one of his biggest hits–“Morning has Broken”–is a Catholic hymn, using an old Irish melody, with lyrics by the late Eleanor Farjeon?
His PA copyright was based ONLY on the piano intro.
The producers of “Rain Man” wanted to use the tune in the movie, but, incredibly he prevented them (objecting to the slight nudity in the film).
Of course, he did not have copyright ownership of this property–a fact unknown even to the guy who handled his affairs in the US.
How do I know this? I SAW the PA copyright in this guy’s office–who did not even read it, I guess, and lost the deal.
BTW–Cat’s brother (his manager) was very upset, since the producers were going to pay $200,000 for the rights!
He could *possibly* have made it difficult for them to use his version of the song, based on his SR copyright, but many times when this happens, the producers just get a mechanical license (not even needed in this case) and have someone else record it.
Which just goes to show you about Muslims conning the dhimmi and, of course, how there are plenty of brain dead people in the entertainment industry.

Red Ryder on December 20, 2006 at 8:53 am

The average man/woman on the street, ignorant about Islam, might be shocked to learn that celebrity reverts (Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Yusuf Islam, etc.) read the same ‘version’ of the Qur’an as Usama bin Laden. Actually, all Muslims (from Dearborn to Djakarta), moderate and fundamentalist alike, read the same ‘version’.
There’s no ‘moderate’ version of the Qur’an, and no legitimate ‘lite’ version of Islam.
In sura 5:38, Big Al commands the amputation of theives’ hands. And every copy of the Qur’an, everywhere in the world, says the same thing.
Imagine a reporter asking a ‘moderate’ Muslim to explain their interpretation of Allah’s word; and the verbal ‘tap-dancing’ that would follow.
But they never ask.

PRCS on December 20, 2006 at 10:24 am

You are 100% right on the money.
As you said, there is no moderate version of islam. There are no moderates and there are no extremists. They all read from the same koran. The only difference between the so-called extremists and moderates is that one group actively murders innocents, and the other goes along with it (approves of it) albeit, silently.
The only time you hear about moderate islam and those who “hijacked” the religion is when the LIBERAL media makes such a false distinction so as to confuse the rest of us (Sean “It’s All About Me” Hannity falls into this same category because he doesn’t want flack from CAIR and their ilk for fear he might lose ratings). After all, LIBERALS have always sided with America’s enemies – they did so with Communists all during the Cold War.

Thee_Bruno on December 20, 2006 at 11:07 am

I’m starting a new religion. It’s called Malsi, and it’s the opposite of islam. First order of business, this man must be killed. My holy book, the Narok, makes it clear: If someone refuses to defame big daddy mo, he must die. Who’s with me??

Stealthkix on December 20, 2006 at 11:14 am

>>Islam’s description of the Jews makes no specific exemption for Mel Karmazin, the Jewish Sirius Satellite CEO who is providing Islam a forum to promote his CD for the next two days. Attention, Mr. Karmazin . . . .<<
Let’s be honest here.
The Jewish people, at least many of them, deserve what they get. Since the Biblical times up till now, many of them disobeyed God.
When you pretend to be a Jew and you’re nothing but a Liberal atheist globalist scum;
When you comfort and aid the enemy who wants to cut your throat;
When you don’t have the guts to kill your enemy in a war because you’re afraid of public opinion;
When your leaders are bunch of cowards who gave up your land to the enemy in exchange of your blood being shed in the streets by the same enemy your leaders are making “peace with;”
When your core belief is surrender and defeatism instead of standing up and fight for your land and your beliefs;
Of course you deserve what you get because you asked for it.
Do not cry, Jewish people. Stop being hypocrite and face reality.
You and only you can help yourselves. Not America nor anybody else can save you if you don’t have the will to save yourselves.
Singing Kumbaya with Islam will accelerate your demise. Idiots.
My word goes to all the Jews, especially those living in Israel and America. Of course, apart from being addressed to the Jews, this word can be applied to the West, in general, that is surrendering to Islam.

Independent Conservative on December 20, 2006 at 11:36 am

Guess I shouldn’t have given Stevens the benefit of the doubt. Very interesting…
“Bill Clinton got a BJ in the oval office- NO PROBLEM!”
Actually it wasn’t, Mary, insofar as it wasn’t illegal. He was impeached for lying about it under oath, which is against the law. Why he’d be asked about it under oath I have no idea.
“As you said, there is no moderate version of islam. There are no moderates and there are no extremists. They all read from the same koran.”
By the same logic, could you not also argue that because all Christians read from the same Bible, that there are no differing versions of the Christian faith?
“Imagine a reporter asking a ‘moderate’ Muslim to explain their interpretation of Allah’s word; and the verbal ‘tap-dancing’ that would follow.”
I’m sure they’d say that they aren’t in favor of cutting off thieves’ hands.
“The Jewish people, at least many of them, deserve what they get. Since the Biblical times up till now, many of them disobeyed God.”
Are you being literal or sarcastic? If I eat a pork chop, do I deserve to get the Job treatment for disobeying God? That’s ridiculous.

Rob Brown on December 20, 2006 at 11:52 am

Rob Brown, the Muzlum fraud vomited;
“By the same logic, could you not also argue that because all Christians read from the same Bible, that there are no differing versions of the Christian faith?”
The “differing versions” of the Christian faith is your typical Muzlum device (tactic) used to confuse the infidel into believing that there are differing interpretations of the koran.
Christian denominations place differing emphasis on the Trinity. However, ALL Christians believe in Jesus Christ and in EVERYTHING He said and DID. ALL Christians believe in ALL of what Christ SAID and DID – PERIOD! And that message is one of peace, love, grace, forgiveness, kindness, redemption, etc. Nowhere has Christ ever said to murder non-Jews or pagans (Muzlums weren’t invented until the 7th century a.d.). Nowhere does Christ prevaricate and engage in deception and double-speak, as mohammad did.
You also vomited;
“I’m sure they’d say that they aren’t in favor of cutting off thieves’ hands.”
Oh really?! It’s in the koran. By your “logic”, they would also say that they’re not in favor of blowing up innocent people, and flying airplanes into buildings in the name of allah – yet, their silence is DEAFENING!!!!!!
Nice try, but your Muzlum tactics are as flawed as your phony prophet.

Thee_Bruno on December 20, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Just as ALL Christians believe in the Bible, ALL Muzlums believe in the koran.

Thee_Bruno on December 20, 2006 at 12:27 pm

The koran is the islamic owner’s manual. Either they believe it or they don’t. A muslim saying, “I don’t believe in all that violent stuff” is like a Christian saying, “I don’t believe in all that cheek-turning stuff”. The average muslim is a lot more hard-core about thier religion than the average Christian is. They don’t pick and choose the parts of the koran they’re going to follow, they only want us to think they do.

Stealthkix on December 20, 2006 at 12:28 pm

‘Another Shtup’ by Rat Stevens…vayismeer…Dis
Chanukhah season I’m recommendin’ ‘Anthony Coleman
plays (Mordecai)Gebertig’.Coleman-one of the great jazz pianists-recorded this live in a synagogue in Gebertig’s hometown of Cracow,Poland.
Gebertig-a carpenter by trade-became a very popular composer,and a victim of the crowd Stevens
reps for(the Nazi’ 1942).

jaywilton on December 20, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Wait… Isn’t “pop” music forbidden under Islam? How did this piece of human waste get a pass? Oh wait, I forgot; Hamas and Hezbollah need to be funded further, so what better way than for this stooge to sell CD’s to stupid Americans who want to relive the 70’s. BTW, what’s up with people “converting” to Islam? What “spiritual awakening” did Ali, Kareem, and the others have one fine day? Was it “gee, a world where we kill others who don’t believe as we do, cover women in spacesuits and forbid education sounds really bitchin!”.

Skippy on December 20, 2006 at 1:02 pm

It’s no secret to you my Debbiekins that i devoutly believe that Malcolm X was a GENUINE PROPHET in our life time…but i also strongly believe that if he were still alive today he would have distanced himself from these porkchop martyrs seeking 72 virgins just like Darwyn, the FBI agent on “Sleeper Cell.”
Since “Morning Has Broken” was the only good song Cat Stevens ever recorded, i never saw WHY sheeple thought him better than Donovan or Steve Winwood with Traffic…THAT was the impression that his record sales back then gave me.
Using the “Sleeper Cell” metaphor once more—HE is like that dumb whiteboy from Berkley in season one…gotta outmuslim the Muslims to be down with the crew?

EminemsRevenge on December 20, 2006 at 3:40 pm

Skippy brings up a good point. Blacks were sold into slavery by arab (Muslem) slave hunters, but I guess being African excuses that behavor.

Burt on December 20, 2006 at 5:26 pm

“Christian denominations place differing emphasis on the Trinity. However, ALL Christians believe in Jesus Christ and in EVERYTHING He said and DID. ALL Christians believe in ALL of what Christ SAID and DID – PERIOD!”
They do? Does that include Mormons? I mean, you HAVE read the Book of Mormon, haven’t you?
Re: The Topic … I’m still not throwing out my old Cat Stevens albums. (chuckle) They might be worth something some day and I’ll be able to help fund the next Crusade!

Rocketman on December 21, 2006 at 8:21 am

To Rockethead,
Mormonism is a CULT! While they are very nice people, and don’t go around murdering the non-believers, its one of the reasons why Mitt Romney is going to have trouble running for president because he is one. Have YOU read the book of Mormons?
Here’s a very brief synopsis of Mormonism and its “founding/invention”.
The Mormon religion was founded by Joseph Smith around 1830 in the United States of America. It is a fast growing religious movement with more than 4 million adherents worldwide. Mormonism teaches that historical Christianity is totally apostate, and God raised up Joseph Smith as a prophet to restore it. In addition to using the Bible (which they believe is corrupted), mormons believe that the “revelations” received by Joseph Smith which came to be written down as the “Book of Mormon” are Scripture. They also base their religious system on two other books: “Doctrines and Covenants” and “The Pearl of Great Price” as well as the pronouncements of their “living prophets”, which they teach are Scripture and binding on all true believers.
Sounds similar to Scientology. Scientology was also founded/invented. It was founded in the late 1950’s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
So, my original post stands. All Christian denomination (not the invented ones like Mormonism and David Koresh’s Branch Davidians) believe in the TRinity and Jesus’s teachings. They all believe in the Bible. All muzlums believe in the koran, pure and simple. There is only one koran (as there is only one Bible). Mohammad’s rants are the same in every print copy. ALL Muzlums follow or believe in the koran TO THE LETTER. Sure, you may not have EVERY Muzlum chopping off the head of the infidel, but they sure agree with it. It’s part of their teaching. Click on the links below to see what I’m saying.
BTW, the only ones you’ll get to buy your shitty Steven Georgiou records/cd’s are muzlums. However, they don’t go for that type of music.

Thee_Bruno on December 21, 2006 at 10:12 am

I could be wrong, but isn’t the Catholic Bible a little different from the non-Catholic Bible? Anyway, you are correct, all believers of any religion believe everything their religion’s “word of god” says. Otherwise they are not true believers. Islam is no different.

Stealthkix on December 21, 2006 at 10:54 am

The Bible is made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament. While there may be small variances between some Bibles those variances do not involve or negatively affect any of Christ’s teachings.
For example;
Catechism of the Catholic Church (official teaching) ñ 183, 1129, 1815, 2002:
Salvation is attained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and participation in the sacraments.
Bible Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:21-4:8:
Salvation is attained by faith apart from works. Good works are the result, not the cause, of salvation.

Thee_Bruno on December 21, 2006 at 11:29 am

T.B. you’re mistaken about me being a Muslim, which you assume without evidence since I dare to disagree with you. Just like, apparently, you assume all kinds of other things without evidence; you just believe whatever you want.
My grandfather was a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He served in WWII as a chaplain on the aircraft carrier USS Saginaw Bay. His career in the Navy lasted over 30 years.
My mother’s first husband was also in the Navy, a Lieutenant. He died aboard the submarine USS Scorpion.
My mother grieved and went on to marry my father, also a Lieutenant. He served as weapons officer aboard the destroyer USS Stormes.
After losing her first husband, my mother didn’t want to lose a second, and so my father left the navy and pursued a civilian career.
His job got him transferred to Toronto, Canada, where I was born in 1977. I live here, my parents are from America, giving me dual citizenship. Some of you might say that since I didn’t actually grow up in America that nothing I have to say has any value. I disagree.
I’ve been down there to visit relatives in Chicago, Atlanta, Darien CT, San Diego, Virginia, Orlando (my father has four siblings so it’s a big family). It’s a great country and before 9/11 I would’ve loved to live there.
I was also raised by two proud Americans who told me about the country they grew up in, told me about what it was like during the Cold War and having air raid drills at school where they had to hide under their desks. I’d argue that I have at least as much of a connection to the U.S.A. as Debbie here does to Israel.
Both of my parents are also Baptists, so I know plenty about Christianity, even though I don’t practice it or any other religion myself. Which is why I feel qualified to respond to the following:
“A muslim saying, “I don’t believe in all that violent stuff” is like a Christian saying, “I don’t believe in all that cheek-turning stuff”.”
So I suppose this is why Jerry Falwell said “blow them up in the name of the Lord” on camera (a sharp departure from “turn the other cheek”). Or why Pat Robertson prayed for one of the Supreme Court Justices to die because he felt they were too liberal. Other self-proclaimed Christians are in favor of violence despite Jesus’ teachings of non-violence, more still are in favor of the death penalty despite the commandment “thou shalt not kill”, and Charles Colson, a Christian, reprimanded James Dobson, another Christian, and many others like Dobson for acting like interest groups, after they took a loan shark mentality in 2004 and said to Bush “We got you into office, and now you OWE US, and if you don’t do what we want then you will be sorry.” Real Christians don’t make threats, either.
If you are saying that self-proclaimed Christians don’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible they adhere you, you are sadly mistaken. Like Bruno here, for example, a bigger hypocrite you will not find anywhere. He said, and of course I quote…
“And that message is one of peace, love, grace, forgiveness, kindness, redemption, etc.”
Well Bruno, congratulations, you’re the most peaceful, loving, graceful, forgiving and kind person I’ve ever met. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
No I don’t. 🙂
Apologies for the length of that post.

Rob Brown on December 21, 2006 at 1:46 pm

Here is what Colson said:

Rob Brown on December 21, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Rob Brown, a/k/a The Angry Muzlum,
Your family is very patriotic serving in the military. Too bad you besmirch them with your LIBERALISM and being a muzlum.
Say what you want about Christians. You’re obviously a pious muzlum who hates Christians – and, everyone else for that matter.

Thee_Bruno on December 21, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Oh I get it.
Anyone who TB disagrees with must be a Muslim because ya see he is the possessor of all knowledge and his are the only opinions that count. Man, er, BOY, what a friggin’ loser.
No wonder there are so few posters here. That jerkoff has chased ’em all away.

Rocketman on December 21, 2006 at 3:31 pm

Rocket head = The Angry Muzlum
I can tell that you’re a muzlum from the content of your posts – that’s how.

Thee_Bruno on December 23, 2006 at 9:14 am

I have read somewhere that the Koran states it’s ok to lie. (to anyone as long as it helps to achieve their goal) Knowing that, it is no surprise “Cat” denies what he has said or done in the recent past. For the record, I hated him way before this when he was just a hippy folk singer. His songs suck.
Debbie, you are great-thank you!

proudnavybrat on July 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm

you people are ignorant. you don’t know jack all about islam and your mouthing on like you know it all. islam is about peace and all the people who go around calling them selves muslim and causing violence they don’t know the true meaning of islam. their action does not represent islam and the rest of the muslims therefore people should not be stereotyping. there are good and bad people in every religion. yusuf islam (cat stevens) is a really nice guy. give him a break. he just wants people to know that islam is the religion of peace. And the biggest terrorist in the world is BUSH!
Go find out what islam is really about before jugding it due to the media and on hear say.

maria on September 22, 2007 at 1:37 pm

I live among Muslims. They are sneaky, hypocrites and liars. Thet all intend to take over the west. They are all the same.

British on May 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

long live Yusuf Islam.

Sara on January 1, 2011 at 3:13 am

Not every Muslim beleives in violence . I was born in Iraq and grew up during the gulf war. I was 17 when America invaded after 9/11. In all these years I watched my father, mother, brothers, sisters and family either injured or killed . But I never judge an American because of something their army did. America has “liberated” our country , and destroyed good people in the process, but because we’re not white , or Christian , America is able to go on killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan , in which NEITHER country had ANYTHING to do with 9/11.
And BRitish, if u don’t like living among Muslims , then MOVE.

Aisha on January 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

First, this article is full of lies and is defamatory. Yusuf should sue you, like he did when he sued some British tabloids and won a large settlement around the same time this was written…

Secondly, the majority of the people posting here need to stop watching so much Debbie Schlussel and try reading a book! Clearly your view of Muslims is completely formed by right wing media. The Quran does say some pretty messed up things, but so does the Old Testament of the Bible. Just a couple of the dozens of examples:

The LORD commands: “kill without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children”
— Ezekiel 9:5-6

“The people of Samaria must bear the consequences of their guilt because they rebelled against their God. They will be killed by an invading army, their little ones dashed to death against the ground, their pregnant women ripped open by swords.” —- Hosea 13:16

Does the average Christian interpret those words literally? Like the Bible, the Quran is an ancient text that is interpreted in many ways to make it relevant in modern times. There are millions of muslim around the world, and most of them see the Quran as preaching peace, modesty and morality. On the other hand, a few people have taken the words of the Quran and twisted them to brainwash desperate people into committing horrible acts.

But to say that the larger Muslim community is “silent” in condemning the violence done in the name of Islam is completely false. Apparently, you (and the media you watch) just weren’t listening. In fact Yusuf/Cat Stevens, has been one of the most vocal in working for peace and condemning terrorism!! Specifically, he did all kinds work on behalf of the victims of 9/11, including a benefit show that was his first public performance since the 1970s. So, kindly stop dragging his name through the mud.


Careful on May 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

If you could just see the goodness in his face or the softness of his voice .. the only anti_peace in here is you .. & you don’t even worth a single hair of his head .

Peace on October 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

wow! I sure hope that since a few years have gone by since you’ve written this, that you’ve actually done some research to find that you were totally out to lunch and completely wrong about Cat Stevens….WOW! What crazy misinformation and downright lies in some parts of your post.

Vicki on January 7, 2014 at 12:56 am

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