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A person who steals bread during a famine is not treated as a thief.
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All I have to say is what you know already, to confirm what you already know of the message of the Prophet... as given by God - the Religion of Truth. As human beings we are given a consciousness and a duty that has placed us at the top of creation.
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All things can be forgiven if we can progress.
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As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution to the dangerous path some world leaders today seem to be taking.
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Because I don't play guitar any more, African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to me. I love the raw origin of the sound. It complements my voice and words naturally.
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Communal well-being is central to human life.
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Ever since I became a Muslim, I've had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to.
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Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah.
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I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.
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I always stood for the elimination of conflict and wars, and any of those causes that ignite them.
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I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.
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I became alienated from this religious upbringing, and started making music. I wanted to be a big star. All those things I saw in the films and on the media took hold of me, and perhaps I thought this was my god: the goal of making money.
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I became very famous, as a teenager, and my name and photo were splashed in all the media. They made me larger than life, so I wanted to live larger than life, and the only way to do that was to be intoxicated.
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I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur'an first and realized no person is perfect, Islam is perfect, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet... we will be successful.
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I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism.
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I looked at some of the statues of Jesus; they were just stones with no life. When they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I believed it, simply because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents.
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I realized... I still had some kind of skill in being able to produce audio material which might be interesting as an educational tool for those people who know very little about Islam.
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I started making songs. But deep down, I had a feeling for humanity, a feeling that if I became rich, I would help the needy.
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I suppose that the media and their portrayal of Islam and the almost tribal separations and divisions of the Muslims are the greatest issues confronting Muslims in the United Kingdom.
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I think I will just use guitar as backing. I'm not doing a traditional folk thing, but a contemporary thing-my own version of folk, if you like.
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I think it's great to have something of that era, of my history as a performer, out there on record because maybe a lot of people would never have experienced it. I think the show was very, very powerful.
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I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home.
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I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.
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I've studied various schools of thought... I acknowledge that some Muslims consider music prohibited, but I've found a lot of evidence from the life of the Prophet to show that he allowed certainly, but even encouraged, music at certain times.
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If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there's a million ways to be, you know that there are.
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In a World where people are surrounded by darkness, ignorance and fear, it is a sign of hope to be celebrating Islam's message of peace and light, and the last great Messenger, born and chosen to deliver them to all mankind.
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In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything.
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In those days a concert was a personal experience. I wanted to be as close as possible to the audience, and of course big stadiums didn't enable you to do that. It wasn't my style.
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It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice.
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It was important for me to duck out of the fast and furious life I'd been living as a pop star. I was in a different mood.
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It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work.
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Man is created to be God's deputy on earth and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life.
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Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
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Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony.
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Music is part of God's universe.
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Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings.
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People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves.
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Perhaps people will remember my voice and what I was able to do with it.
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Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death.
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Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context.
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The fact that the Prophet cared for every human being and tried his best to ensure their security in the hereafter must be the most telling of his compassionate and merciful characteristics.
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The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit to value. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God's message.
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The latest horror to hit the U.S. looks to have been caused by people of Middle Eastern origin, bearing Muslim names. Again, shame. This fuels more hatred for a religion and a people who have nothing to do with these events.
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The Prince's visit was important because it shows that Muslims are accepted in this country. He told me he was a Cat Stevens fan. I think he has some of my albums.
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The Qur'an speaks on different levels.
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The spiritual quest was always the predominant aspect of my life. It's always been there. But there's also an incredible passion connected to it; it's not just a dry investigative process. I have been extremely emotional about it, and that comes out in the songs.
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The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur'an was the message of unity and peace.
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The words of the songs speak for themselves.
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There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.
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There was great interest in the Eastern mysticism. I began reading and the first thing I began to become aware of was of death, and that the soul moves on, it does not stop. I felt I was taking the road to bliss and high accomplishment. I started meditating and even became a vegetarian.
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There was no division I could see between the essential teaching of all Prophets and wise men of religion.
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They have hijacked my religion.
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This is the beauty of the Qur'an: it asks you to reflect and reason, and not to worship the sun or moon but the One who has created everything. The Qur'an asks man to reflect upon the sun and moon and God's creation in general.
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Though times have changed, it's a nice surprise to see that youthful feeling of anti-war sentiment returning once more to the cobbled main streets of Europe.
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To be what you want to be, you must give up being what you are.
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Today, as a Muslim, I have been shattered by the horror of recent events; the display of death and indiscriminate killing we've all witnessed has dented humanity's confidence in itself. Terror on this scale affects everybody on this small planet, and no one is free from the fallout.
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Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands: it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on more innocent families and communities.
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We are still busy releasing this CD and organizing its distribution in the parts of the world where it hasn't been circulated. I've already started on the second project.
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We had this instrument sitting around in the house again, and it was very difficult for me not to pick it up. I was just glad I could remember the chords.
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When many astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space, and they become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah.
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