Cat Stevens was a beautiful spiritual person that inspired the world. Then he became Yusaf Islam, and endorsed all varieties of terrorism, even as far as to publicly endorse the million dollar reward to murder Rushdie Salmon for writing the book "Satanic Verses", even though he admitted that he had not read it--on the major prime time talk show! He was verbal enough about his lifelong extremist fundamentalist beliefs that a few years ago when he was discovered on a commercial airliner flight originating in Canada either crossing or coming to the USA, the plane made an emergency landing to have him removed. Islamic Fundamentalists are not violent people, it's the extremists that are, and they tend to come from the fundamental fringes. (Same with extremist Christians, the fundamentalist are strong in beliefs, but not violent, but the fringes of Christian fundamentalism can become murderous. I have spent a lot of time in the Middle East, and unlike military, ex-pats and missionaries, I hung out with the locals without an agenda. We have even stayed in hotels deep into fundamentalist section of Cairo, where few venture after working hours (multiple trips). Hopefully the extremist beliefs are softening for our Cat Stevens. To my knowledge, he has not actually physically done anything violent or wrong. Though I do consider moral support for religious hate and violent fervor wrong.
He did several music albums as Yusaf, but did not sing, as his religion does not allow human voice to mix with instrumental. Therefore his albums were of traditional Islamic music with him narrating between. I know this from reading accounts, I have not experienced them. The latest album he released sounds like the beloved Cat Stevens, and I understand that his son was instrumental (pun appreciated?) in convincing him to do this at this time. I do not know if it is current work or unreleased older material.
I am only passing on this info to the best of my knowledge, and since I am not supplying corroborative sources, as usual I recommend that people stay opinion neutral (as I am on this topic) until they personally verify it. If my info is inaccurate, please inform me...
I may have misspelled "Yusaf"
Fair enough a question, just elaborated above. David W does not spew what we would understand as religious "hate". Fortunately (to my knowledge), he (Cat) was not participating in religious hate violence