I am a born Muslim but real conversion to Islam( Internal Spiritual Conversion) happened only a few years ago. This is the time that we were being called Kalar (even though I do not have the Indian blood) and the western islamophobia is at its peak.
Lets see how some of the famous people revert into Islam. My point here is status of Islam is nothing to do with these people conversions. Islam is the religion, and only the practice of its people other way round effect the Image of Islam.
Read about brief Biography of these two famous guys, then I hope to discuss about the Faith (Imam) in the next post. I hope you will enjoy Yusuf Islam homepage which is linked in my blogroll.
Boxer, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. As an amateur boxer (1954-60), winning 100 of 108 matches, he became the 1960 Olympic light-heavyweight champion. Financed by a group of Louisville businessmen, he turned professional, and by 1963 had won his first 19 fights. He won the world heavyweight title in 1964, defeating the purportedly invincible Sonny Liston when he retired at the end of the sixth round.
At that time he joined the Black Muslims and adopted the name Muhammad Ali. After defending the championship nine times within two years, in 1967 he refused to be drafted into the army on religious grounds, and was stripped of his title and barred from the ring. His action earned him both respect and anger from different quarters, but he did not box for three-and-a-half years; he took his case to the Supreme Court and had his boxing licence restored in 1970. In 1971 he was beaten by Joe Frazier, but beat him in 1974 in Zaire, and went on to meet George Foreman later that year, knocking him out in eight rounds to regain his title. He was beaten by Leon Spinks in a split decision (Feb 1978), but regained the title the same year – the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times.
Famous for his flamboyant manner, his boasting predictions of which round he would defeat his opponent, and his doggerel verse (‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’), he was also recognized as one of the all-time great boxers with his quick jab and footwork. His slogan ‘I am the greatest’ became a catch phrase. He compiled a career record of 56 wins, five losses, with 37 knockouts, before retiring in 1981.
During the 1960s and 1970s he was arguably the best-known individual in the entire world due not only to his controversial career but also to his travels and deliberate reaching out to the Third World. Ali was President Carter’s special envoy to Africa in 1980 (attempting to persuade nations to boycott the Olympics). He has starred in two films, The Greatest (1976) and Freedom Road (1978), and an Oscar-winning documentary film, When We Were Kings, recounting the 1974 Ali v. Foreman fight, appeared in 1996. Ali retired in 1981, and during that decade it was revealed that he was suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease. He was an almost universal choice as the 20th-century’s most important sportsman, and at the end of 1999 was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Century. In 2005 he attended the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, and also that year was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Yusuf Islam (Cat Steven)
Yusuf Islam , (1948 – )
Musician. Born Stephen Demetre Georgiou on July 21, 1948 in London, England. The teenager of restaurateurs, Stevens attended Hammersmith College, where he blessing began performing strain music. He pdq signed with Decca Records subservient the instance Cat Stevens, releasing the chart-topping hunt for I Love My Dog in 1966. Though this original rush affection the skillful classical stir certified his complexion as a songwriter, Stevens failed to ride invitation increase with his prime two albums.
It wasnt until the American destruction of Tea for Tillerman and the unlike Wild World in 1971 that Stevens became a bona fide star. The album, proficient to A&M Records, went beans and his previous recordings subsequently enjoyed coinciding success. Stevens was hailed as one of the markedly crucial figures in rap music, and coextensive seminal hits as Moon Shadow, Peace Train and Morning Has Broken followed. During the meridian of his success, Stevens recorded songs for the breakout cult film, Harold and Maude, followed by his glaringly flourishing album, Catch Bull at Four.
Throughout the 1970s, Stevens elongate to grave albums and query singles, including Oh Very Young and Another Saturday Night. After issuing a best kind hits compilation in 1975, he entrench out his tenth album, Izitso, which again went gold. His eleventh and later album, Back to Earth, was released in 1978 to backward reviews.
After converting to Islam in 1977, Stevens mismated his present to Yusuf Islam (the mention beneath which he released his fated album). In September 1979, he entered passion an arranged married with Fawzia Ali, with whom he has five children, and founded a Muslim demonstrate approaching London. For the surpassingly part, he wasnt heard from until the unpunctual 80s when he down pat antagonistic publicity for supporting the heaven resolution of novelist Salman Rushdie for his abdicate The Satanic Verses. Despite the incident, the musician has remained common on both sides of the Atlantic, proven by the successful grave of his compilation The Very Best of Cat Stevens in 2000.
Tea for Tillerman
The Blogger’s note, Currently Yusuf Islam is banned to travel to US as he is in the CIA watch list. Yusuf Islam who is a Revert to Islam seems to be a threat to US national security in the eyes of the US authorities.