Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MPAC Confers Award on Yusef Islam/Cat Stevens

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MPAC Confers Award on Yusef Islam/Cat Stevens

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MPAC CONFERS AWARD ON YUSEF ISLAM/CAT STEVENS

Cat Stevens, the 1970s singer and songwriter who gave up superstardom to observe the Islamic faith as Yusef Islam, stated May 5 in Los Angeles that "it is high time Muslims actively inform the West of the true precepts of Islam. Take a chance with the media and convey the message of Islam," urged the soft-spoken musical icon as he received the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Entertainment Media Award.

Also receiving awards with Islam were VH1 producer George Moll and his team who produced the documentary, "Cat Stevens: Behind the Music," released in October 2000.

MPAC praised the VH1 production for accurately portraying the reasons behind Islam's spiritual journey from mega star to "Mecca star." It commended the documentary's positive portrayal of the Islamic faith, and for conveying the singer's efforts to establish orphanages for Muslim victims in Bosnia, his founding of Muslim schools in England and support of dozens more charities with royalties from his music.

Islam's religious beliefs have been so distorted by the media that he was hesitant to meet with Moll, it was noted. …

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