A little wave pushed Yusuf Islam, once Cat Stevens, to Islam

Yusuf Islam, formerly the pop star Cat Stevens, said that a small wave literally washed him ashore and pushed him toward Islam, in an interview with CBS television.
Islam, who recently released his first commercial album in nearly three decades, "An Other Cup" said that he got caught in a current off Malibu beach in California in 1975 and prayed for help.
"Suddenly I was petrified. I thought this might be it," he said. "I said, 'God, if you save me, I'll work for you.'"
"And then a little wave, you know, came behind me," he said. "It wasn't very big. But it was that miraculous moment when suddenly the tide was going in my favor."
The singer, now 58, said he was already on a spiritual quest, but that the frightening swim gave him a push. He read a copy of the Koran given to him by his brother. Two years later he converted to Islam, changed his name and ended his career as a pop singer.
Islam made headlines in 2004 when a US-bound plane he was in was diverted due to post-September 11 security measures.
As Stevens, the singer had several hits in the 1970s, including "Wild World," "Moonshadow" and "Father and Son." But early reviews of his new album have not been enthusiastic.

Copyright 2006 Agence France Presse
A little wave? I think this guy is more than a little crazy:

Cat Stevens Gives Support To Call for Death of Rushdie By CRAIG R. WHITNEY

ONDON, May 22 -- 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.''
The singer, who adopted the name Yusuf Islam when he converted to Islam, made the remark during a panel discussion of British reactions to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's call for Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ''The Satanic Verses.'' He also said that if Mr. Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ''I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like.''
''I'd try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is,'' said Mr. Islam, who watched

maybe another little wave.or lttle sumami sp? should come along ??
Dang: the guy can sing.

Too bad about "the wave". Smells a tad like bullpoop ifn ya don't mind me sayin.

Dang: the guy can sing.


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