|Biographical detail : ||The well-known British singer and musician for his hit songs in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens, whose string of hits in the 1960s and ‘70s included ‘Peace Train’, ‘Wild World’ and ‘Morning Has Broken’.
Intense and introverted, while he contracted TB, he was influenced by “peaceful form of worship, so simple and so clear” by Muslims, that led him to convert to Islam in 1977. Since then, he has spent much of the past campaigning for Islamic causes, has founded a string of Muslim schools in London and running a school in north London.
In 2003, Yusuf was awarded the World Social Award for his humanitarian work, and a year later, he was honoured with the Man for Peace award by Noble peace laureates. The University of Gloucestershire gave Yusuf an honorary doctorate for services to education and humanitarian relief in 2005.
Yusuf Islam was born Steven Dimitre Georghiou, the son of a Greek Cypriot and a Swedish mother, and was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church and went to a local Catholic school.