Cat’s in Bahrain!

22 Mar, '06

Cat Stevens - Yousif Islam - Yusuf IslamProbably the best thing to come out of the “Championing the Prophet” conference in Bahrain is the fact that Cat Stevens (now Yousif Islam) is in Bahrain too!

I wonder if he could give us a rendition of Matthew & Son, Wild World or even Morning Has Broken (which we used to sing every morning during assembly at the Sacred Heart’s School when I was a wee tot sometime during the last century!) while he’s around?

Welcome to Bahrain Cat… Man I was your most ardent fan at the hight of your fame all those yonks ago, and still like your music!

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  1. Steve The American says:

    While he’s there, could you ask him if he still backs Khomeini’s death fatwa on Salman Rushdie? Perhaps he’s wrote a cute song about assassinating critics of Islam that everyone could sing.

  2. Joker says:

    Its amazing that tonight i was at the radisson SAS to catch the stand up comedy show.. while others chose to congregate to honor very different ideals…

    I guess you were right cat… or yusuf… its a wild world

  3. bahraini4eva says:

    This is great news. Welcome to Bahrain Yousif Islam.

  4. Farah says:

    I have been a great fan of Mr Yusuf Islam for years. He has such a clear, expressive voice. Is he going to have any public lectures?

    Check out is great website at http://www.yusufislam.org.uk/.

    Welcome to Bahrain !!

  5. Yousif says:

    I didn’t know you went to SHS…so did I, class of ’95 though…

  6. mahmood says:

    My dad thought I didn’t know Arabic well enough so he took us all out (except for my youngest brother Hani) and put me in the American Mission School (which is now called Al-Raja School) from 4th primary. So my stint was short at SHS, but I still remember it with fondness (and rage when I remember the padre going around the playground WHIPPING everyone with a slight infringement with his rope/cord he tied his habbit with (don’t know what that thing is called) or when I was “caught” going to class during break-time to get the monthly fees to pay them at the office and I was slapped silly by a Sister!)

    Memories…

  7. nzm says:

    The first vinyl record that I ever bought was Cat’s “Tea for the Tillerman”.

    🙂

  8. Adel says:

    Those where the days. I went to AMS too, it went down hill when they changed the name and all these new schools started. Bayan, Ibn Khaldoon , and others. SHS and AMS where tear one now they are tier three or four, shame.

  9. mahmood says:

    Shame about the school. I haven’t really been back there almost since I graduated, but did keep in contact with Mr. Browne for a while.

    I think the school that has taken over from the American Mission is St. Christophers’, but the so and sos keep putting up the rates every single year, and after all that they continue to say that they are non-profit making organisation.

    Well if most of the staff have family memberships at the Ritz, live in big villas on expensive compounds, and get goodness knows what else, they don’t need to friggin make a profit!

  10. MoClippa says:

    Cats in Bahrain?? Well I assume he’s discouraging the name ‘Cat’ now with his new outlook on life. I’ve been into Cat Stevens since late high school, and have recently been trying to get in the head of Yousef Islam, who seems to be a controversial figure to say the least, but whatever, from what I understand he’s kept out of politics and religous fatwas and now is back to songs of togetherness, oneness and spirituality… though the old Cat Stevens is tremendously missed, I really am interested in seeing what all these changes have led up to in Yousef Islam as a person. Getting a glimpse of that live act would have given me a much better idea… but Ca Sera Sera… I’m in Beirut, Yousefs in Bahrain… I feel musically disatached… *sad*…
    Mahmood you must go to the concert armed with your trusty mobily camera!

  11. newc says:

    I only wanted to say that you have a very good blog and you are a good man. I hope things continue to progress in Bahrain. You are brave and noble, all of you.

  12. Hani says:

    “Morning has broken, like the first morning…”

    I had to sing that song every morning in assembly for years… I often wished they’d vary it a bit and was convinced that Bob Marley’s Exodus would be a better alternative!

  13. Amjid says:

    Islam has been working tirelessly to help reach out and bridge communities in the UK for several decades now. He is relentless in his effot to work towards peace in the world. In November 2004 he was honoured with the Man of Peace award. There are some people who are somewhat dismayed at his conversion to Islam, and hence like to believe that he is a ‘controversial figure’. Those that know who he is, know who is. A wonderful, kind and spiritual man, who has followed his personal convictions and embarked on a journey that we know as Islam.

    Here is a clip of him on his recent visit to UAE;
    http://www.guidancemedia.com/videostream.php?id=peacetrainfinal.mov

    for more inspiring clips and mini doco’s check out…
    http://www.guidancemedia.com/videod.php?s=2

  14. Anonymous says:

    ST CHRIS FOR LIFE !!!

  15. Citizen Quasar says:

    I’ve liked “The Cat’s” music since high school.

    I’m not too hip on his name change as I like the sound of “Cat Stevens” better; but I guess that’s HIS business. Does anybody remember Cassius Clay? You may know him better as Mohammed Ali.

    In another lifetime about a million years ago and, during the last millenium, during the transition period of my divorce from my wife, his song “Wild World” used to bring tears to my eyes.

    Yea. My ex-wife was pretty wild. That’s why she became my ex. I got over it by taking solace in the fact that it took over 100 men to replace me.

  16. mahmood says:

    wo, that must have been rough!

  17. Steve The American says:

    Cat Stevens in 1989, replying to a question of whether he supported the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa condemning Salman Rushdie to death for writing “The Satanic Verses”:
    “The Qu’ran makes it clear if someone defames the Prophet, then he must die.”

    While I like Cat Steven’s tunes, I don’t care for Yusuf Islam’s murderous intolerance. The last thing the world needs is another bloodthirsty Muslim maniac.

  18. In all fairness to “Cat Stevens” Steve he has backed off that comment some time ago saying in essance it was over the top and he admitted he was a fairly new “convert” at the time he said that he was filled with the typical new convert zeal that seems to infect many.

  19. Amjid says:

    Yususf Islam was uncertain of the rulings and certainly did not support any Fatwa given by anyone. The question that he answered (in Feb, 1989 at Kingston university, London) was based on his own knowledge at the time and later he certainly did change his stand point. as at the time the questions was asked. He has come far since then, so as murderous intolerance, it is non existant. Sorry to let the facts get in the way of a good story.

    The last thing the world needs are bloodthirsty maniacs, be they Muslim american or otherwise. nuff said

  20. tooners says:

    I wonder why it is that Catholic nuns and priests feel like they have to whip you into submission. Many seem to do it. I guess there’s nothing better to make a child feel the true faith of God than to beat them into believing and NOT sinning – since children are such pagan sinners. Nuns seem to be the worst w/ this. They seem like old crotchity women to me!

    My older brothers and my older sister went to Catholic schools and one of my brothers was beaten for the slightest mistake… they all hated going, except for my oldest brother who is a devout Catholic.

    I know this may sound silly, but I’ve often wondered how you can have a priest and a nun who are “supposed” to be sooooo Godly being so cruel to a child. They seem to get so much pleasure from it…. I guess if you can’t get pleasure one way, then you get it another. I know that many priests know *that* a little too well.

    My husband used to be beat on the hand in school here. He has cysts or something in both of his hands from it…. I just can’t imagine. It’s hard enough going to school w/ mean children but to have it from the teachers as well.

  21. Steve The American says:

    Cerebral Waste & Amjid,

    Every Muslim living in the West who has been caught red-handed advocating murder to further Islam has sought to muddy the issue, by lying and denying. Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is just another one.

    Had he rejected murder to further his faith, he would not have contributed thousands to Hamas and its suicide bombers.

  22. Steve The American says:

    Amjid: “The last thing the world needs are bloodthirsty maniacs, be they Muslim american or otherwise. nuff said.”

    Fair enough. I will notify all American clergy to cease their beheadings and bombings. I furthermore will make a special point of telling the Southern Baptists not to fly any more jumbo jets into Muslim office buildings.

  23. Anonymous says:

    steve u wanker. y cant u understand the fact that these people who carry out the attacks are not muslims. they’re radicalists, exrememists. y must u generalise all muslims as being terrorists when referring to your ‘american clergy’ and ‘southern baptists’?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Obscenely wealthy man who found “god ” after going overboard on promiscuity, booze and drugs preaches to the masses who have yet to try illegal parking. Old old story isn’t it? And what is he ashamed of now? Why singing of course…..
    Some of us have never even been banned from Israel for giving ten thousand dollars to terrorists. We may lead very sheltered lives, but we are not all quite as green as we are cabbage looking.
    Meggie

  25. What I remember from Cat’s rendition of “Morning is Broken” is that he had God playing pingpong in the last verse.

  26. Amjid says:

    “Every Christian living in the West who has been caught red-handed advocating murder to further the Neo-Con agenda has sought to muddy the issue, by lying and denying. Dubya is just another one.”

    Hmm.. Funny how these sentences are so interchangable ?

    I think the sentiment of most of the civilised world (including the 50% who didn’t vote for bush) conclude that the most bloodthirsy maniacs that are of two kinds:
    1)The rednecks that are over there (still have fresh cow muck on their feet). These inbreds have never been to the next state before, let alone Iraq. The ones responsible for war crimes in Falluja, Ramadi, Abu ghuraib, guantanamo , Bagram, kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif etc. Not forgeting the 15 women and children Massacred by the US in Haditha last week.

    2)The mindless terrorists who go around blowing everyone up under the guise of religion.

    I suggest they all get lumped on one big island and go trigger happy 🙂

  27. Amjid says:

    with one of these of course …
    http://www.paramountzone.com/Stress.htm

  28. Amjid says:

    On the whole, our british boys have been exemplary in their conduct. They have never agressed and have always adhered to strict rules of engagement (something of a revelation to the yanks!). They have never returned disproportionate fire power.

    “The americans return a single rifle fire with tanks and helicopter gunships and anyone who dies, well thats just tough. The policy of the americans is to always carry a spade so just in case you shoot a civilian, then plant the spade on him so you could say that he was planting a road-side IED.” British SAS soldier on the newsnight program with Jeremy Paxman as was broadcast on BBC newsnight on Monday (20th March 2006).
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/?id=newsnight

    So when it comes to murdering maniacs Steve, there are no greater nutters, than some of your fellow country men, who travelled half way across the world and have massacred over 35000 Iraqis under an Illegal war.

  29. Steve The American says:

    Anon: “y cant u understand the fact that these people who carry out the attacks are not muslims. they’re radicalists, exrememists. y must u generalise all muslims as being terrorists when referring to your ‘american clergy’ and ’southern baptists’?”

    You’re quite right, Anon. I don’t understand at all that the terrorists are not Muslims. It’s all that recitation of Koranic verses in their snuff videos that throws me off.

    I don’t characterize all Muslims as terrorists but rather the bulk of the Muslim population as sympathetic to terrorism. That’s why there is no public opposition by Muslims to terror done to further Islam and quite a bit of media support for it in the Muslim world.

    Lumping the obnoxious Christian fundamentals together with the murderous Muslim fundamentals is none too convincing. There is no impulse to bloody religious war in the American fundamentalist Christian churches. There is a well-documented call for bloody religious war in fundamentalist mosques, and not so fundamentalist mosques. You will not find guns, ammo, and bomb-making materials stashed in church basements, but you will find it in mosques.

  30. billT says:

    Given the opportunity both would impose their version of religion on the majority.

    billT

  31. Adel says:

    I don’t characterize all Muslims as terrorists but rather the bulk of the Muslim population as sympathetic to terrorism. That’s why there is no public opposition by Muslims to terror done to further Islam and quite a bit of media support for it in the Muslim world.

    Agree with Steve on this, and I am 100% sure that if Alqaida hadn’t bombed in muslim countries support for their acts of terrorism could have been more than it is now.

  32. jasra jedi says:

    adel ..

    the bulk of the muslim populaton are sympathetic to terrorism until it happens right next to their front door .. and then watch them change their tunes.

    i actually think that the bulk of the muslim population are cowards myself.

    steve .. your perseverance is paying off darling. just stay on message from sub basement-g .. you’ll get the numbers up to the critical mass needed.

  33. Steve The American says:

    I think we are having some kind of Vulcan mind meld here, Jasra. You’re quite right. The Saudis were all jazzed up on jihad when the blood was spattering outside their borders. They didn’t much mind the jihad coming to Saudi Arabia as long as it was infidel foreigners being slaughtered. But when the jihad killed Saudis in Saudi Arabia, the jihad wasn’t so jazzy any more.

    Same for Jordan. The Jordanians loved their boy Zarqawi when he was beheading foreigners and blowing up Iraqis. But when he started wiping out Jordanians at their weddings at home, well that was outrageous!

    I’m a little worried that people agree with me. Is this some kinda trick?

  34. Steve The American says:

    BillT: “Given the opportunity both would impose their version of religion on the majority.”

    That’s quite true, BillT. The difference is that the Christian evangelists try to impose their religion on you by being bores about it in social engagements, playing hardball politics in the fundamentalist seminaries, and strong-arming local governments to include creationism in the curriculum. The Muslim fundamentalists try to impose their religion on you with bombings, beheadings, and drive-by shootings. That is quite a difference in degree.

  35. Steve The American says:

    Amjid: “On the whole, our british boys have been exemplary in their conduct. They have never agressed and have always adhered to strict rules of engagement (something of a revelation to the yanks!). They have never returned disproportionate fire power.”

    Not quite so. The Brits have had their incidents. You can’t fight a war without some folks going over the line. However, I will agree that they are exemplary troops and an exemplary ally.

    Actually, all of the US military operates under strict rules of engagement. That’s the secret of our success.

    Your point about not returning disproportionate fire is just silly. That’s the whole key to winning. When somebody fires upon you, you blow his freaking ass to kingdom come with the biggest weapon you can bring to bear. Overwhelming firepower is tremendously intimidating. It would be pretty silly to let the enemy set the level of firepower you use. In your view, if somebody opens up on you with an AK-47, you could only fire back with M-16s. I prefer replying with a tank or AC-130. If the jihadis know that opening fire on Americans will bring hell down on their heads, they will just run away, as they so often have.

    And let me note that you have not a word of criticism for the jihadis who have no rules of engagement whatsoever. If you are against Americans returning fire, why aren’t you against jihadis opening fire where civilians are about? If your argument was principled, your first objection would fall against the jihadis who practice overkill against civilians without warning. Civilians are the principal targets of the jihadis.

    Amjid: “The americans return a single rifle fire with tanks and helicopter gunships and anyone who dies, well thats just tough. The policy of the americans is to always carry a spade so just in case you shoot a civilian, then plant the spade on him so you could say that he was planting a road-side IED.” British SAS soldier on the newsnight program with Jeremy Paxman as was broadcast on BBC newsnight on Monday (20th March 2006).

    Returning fire from a single gunshot with an Apache gunship is a very good way to end a war. Taking half measures is a very good way to prolong it, which kills more people in the long run in penny packets.

    The story of the spade is just plain silly slander. It doesn’t ring true on the face of it. He sounds like one of those Brits with a prejudice against Americans. There are innocent Iraqis getting killed by American troops in the fog of war, but there is no cover up.

    Amjid: “So when it comes to murdering maniacs Steve, there are no greater nutters, than some of your fellow country men, who travelled half way across the world and have massacred over 35000 Iraqis under an Illegal war.

    Actually, it was quite legal. There were nineteen violated UN resolutions which say so. There were also some six hundred attacks by Iraq on our aircraft patrolling the no fly zone. And Saddam tried to assassinate ex-President Bush in Kuwait. Those are legitimate reasons for war.

    Quite frankly, many of those Iraqis deserved to die. Those were the Iraqis who were upholding a government that casually killed, tortured, and jailed their own people by the hundreds of thousands. America stopped new mass graves from being filled when nobody else would act, least of all people like you who support the status quo of Saddam.

  36. Steve The American says:

    Amjid: “I think the sentiment of most of the civilised world (including the 50% who didn’t vote for bush) conclude that the most bloodthirsy maniacs that are of two kinds:
    1)The rednecks that are over there (still have fresh cow muck on their feet). These inbreds have never been to the next state before, let alone Iraq. The ones responsible for war crimes in Falluja, Ramadi, Abu ghuraib, guantanamo , Bagram, kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif etc. Not forgeting the 15 women and children Massacred by the US in Haditha last week.

    Your silly and racist ad hominem stereotypes indicate your argument is irrational. Your idea that Democrats in America think that the GIs are bloodthirsty maniacs is foolish.

    You might want to make your argument to the actual people of Iraq, who have not gotten the word that the US GIs are bloodthirsty maniacs. When our troops go on foot patrol, the Iraqi kids follow them everywhere, partly out of curiosity and partly to score candy and toys.

    That’s quite a contrast with the previous regime. Adult Iraqis were frightened to even drive by some government buildings during Saddam’s regime, scared they’d be stopped and thrown in jail for no reason at all. It’s also quite a contrast with the jihadis, who seek out crowds of civilians to detonate themselves.

    You’re rooting for the wrong side.

  37. Ali says:

    SHS = Second Hand Socks 😉

  38. Steve The American says:

    Good news! I’ve got the lyrics from Yusuf Islam’s new tune, The Salman Rushdie Song, based on the old Cat Stevens tune, Moonshadow:

    Oh, I’m being followed by a death fatwa,
    Death fatwa, death fatwa.
    Dodging and a weaving from a death fatwa,
    Death fatwa, death fatwa.

    And if I ever lose my head,
    Lose my tongue, am killed stone dead.
    Oh, if Khomeini catches me,
    Oh, that will end my blasphemy.

    Oh, I’m being followed by a big muslim,
    BIG muslim, BIG MUSLIM!
    Running and a hiding from a big muslim,
    BIG muslim, BIG MUSLIM!

    Oh, if I fall and lose my breath,
    He’ll stick a knife right in my chest.
    They’ll shove me in a big, black hearse,
    For writing the Satanic Verse.

    Oh, I’m being followed by Zarqawi,
    Abu Zarqawi.
    Sprinting for my life from Zarqawi,
    Zarqawi, Zarqawi.

    Should he snatch me when I’m slow,
    I’ll star in his snuff video.
    They’ll run it on Al Jazeera,
    Wahhabis will laugh ha Ha HA!

  39. Richard says:

    Hey tooners,

    I had the nuns when they were the “nuns.” They were pretty rough and I hated them. Finally, they had had enough and suggested I would be happier in the public school (I think they really meant they would be happier with me in public school, if not with a lobotomy).

    Well, whiner that I was, I was no happier in pub sch except for one fact. I did not have to do any studying. No genius, no scholar, but the Sisters of Saint Joseph had beaten enough into me that effortlessly I could attain the gentleman’s C (not too bright that if you are not to the manor born). I credit those lassies with the fact that I am not homeless today.

    Catholic school in the US did not do anything that was not done in pub sch in disciplining students. They just kept at it a bit longer. Older public school alumni could tell you of the wooden spoon back in the day. My crowd was a bunch of postwar babyboomer toughs in a working class suburb. I couldn’t blame the order of nuns if they had issued pistols to the sisters.

    I look back on it and have to say I gave as good as I got and I am surprised they put up with me as long as I did. I’m not religious now, but they are not the cause of my skepticism. I very rarely see my old classmates, but the ones who condemn them the most are the ones who were the biggest suckups when we were in the grades.

  40. Amjid says:

    The inimicable Yusuf Islam was at the Wembly Conference Center in London this weekend for an amazing event entitled “Uniting for the Prophet 2006”.
    It was amazing ! http://www.mahabbaunlimited.org/

  41. Anonymous says:

    The inimicable Yusuf Islam was at the Wembly Conference Center in London this weekend for an amazing event entitled “Uniting for the Prophet 2006″.
    It was amazing ! http://www.mahabbaunlimited.org/

  42. jerry vale cruz says:

    is this mahmood dawood ?? just curious

  43. A learner of Arabic says:

    If K becomes Ch in the Bahrain countryside dialect of Arabic, shouldn’t Cat Stevens become Chat Stevens in Bahrain? 😀

  44. Anonny says:

    If K becomes Ch in the Bahrain countryside dialect of Arabic, shouldn’t Cat Stevens become Chat Stevens in Bahrain? 😀

    “Se-noor Se-tevens” I think you’ll find.

  45. loki says:

    wow, old thread. I’ve actually met Cat Stevens on two or three occasions. A very nice person (in addition to being a great musician).

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