Cat Stevens Essay

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Cat Stevens grew up in London, in the Greek Restaurant his parents owned called the Moulin Rouge. He attended a Catholic school called Saint Josephs. Cat and his friend loitered around the theatres, bars and clubs during school and during his rebellion as a child; he discovered his love for music.In the 1960's when Cat got a record deal and started to release his music, social and political upheaval occurred. Young people started having a say and this made a change to society. Cat was released as a teen sensation. He went on tours and sold millions of albums. Girls wanted him and males wanted to be him. He gave all ...view middle of the document...

He returned to the music industry with a different sound, different views of life and a different man. He then went to take on the US market. He was a hit the American audience loved him. His workload was notched up and his life began to become more tiring. He was constantly on the go, but as all this was happening, in Cat's head his search for spirituality grew. He became torn between his two images of life, a material one and a spiritual life. 5 years on he became exhausted and drained. Later that year he was swimming and he got swept in a tide and got dragged out to sea. He thought his life was over so he made a deal with God, " you save me God, and I will work for you." From then on he changed his way of life. He waited for a sign and his brother brought it to him. His brother told him about Islam. Cat then travelled to Jerusalem and studied the Holy Qu'aran. He then literally gave up music. HE gave up everything for his newfound spirituality. While studying the Qu'aran, the story of Joseph had an influence on him. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam 1977. He finally made it public in 1978 that his career was over. Then on he dedicated his life to helping the unfortunate, he became a Humanitarian Ambassador and a Philanthropist.Yusuf Islam has now dedicated his life in helping people, in spreading the word of Allah and teachings of the Qu'aran. He stands up for human and spiritual rights and for the unfortunate.

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