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Yusuf Islam talks about his late father (1980)

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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2011

From an old and rare interview, 'Islam And My Life' (1980) - Extract from an audio; Yusuf Islam talks about his late father, Stavros Georgiou. Yusuf mentions that his father actually grew up in Egypt and he even used to say something, which he didn't understand, it was Arabic. He used to say, 'Assalamu Alaikum' and 'Allah Karim'.

"I think each one of us has his own particular story. My particular story is that my father actually, it was the society, the Greek society, the Greek community, which of-course rejected Islam. My father actually grew up in Egypt and he even used to say something, which I didn't understand, it was Arabic. He used to say 'Allah Karim'. Because if you go to Egypt, a lot of them have certain sayings which is particularly Egyptian, they say 'Allah Karim', it means 'Allah is most generous', because you used to thank God for giving us, you know, we had a shop, we had a restaurant, we had food, a shelter. So, he was a grateful man. So, in a way, he already knew Islam, but he was a Greek and so therefore he had nothing to do with it. And he taught me and we knew that these types of people to fear, you know, beware. So he didn't really endear me at all to Islam. I had to overcome that and that I did when I said I opened my mind and without prejudicing what was in the Qur'an, I started to read it from a neutral point of view. That was difficult, but that's how I managed. By the way, before he died, he declared that there is no god but God -- so that makes him a Muslim, Alhamdulillah." (Yusuf Islam at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass, 2000).

Read more: http://memoirsofyi.webnode.com/memoirs/

*P.S. ~ I do NOT own the audio and video footage used in this video. The video was from American cable network VH1 profiles Cat Stevens on "Behind the Music," October 1, 2000, - lifting the veil of mystery from Yusuf and allowing him to speak directly to his fans about his disappearance from the world of popular music, and to address the many misconceptions and rumours that had proliferated over the years. It also provides the program with one of its highest--ever ratings.

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