New Straits Times
Ex-pop star Yusuf Islam to attend opening
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. – Yusuf Islam, a former pop star turned activist; Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, an outspoken advocate of better understanding between the Muslim world and the West; and Peter Sanders, a world renowned photographer, will attend the opening of the Organisation of Islamic Conference Expo 2003.
Yusuf Islam, known as Cat Stevens during his music heyday, Shaykh Hamza and Sanders, whose Muslim name is Abdul al-Adheem, will also be the guests at a charity dinner organised by the Islamic Outreach- Abim on Oct 13.
Islamic Outreach volunteer Isfahani Suki said the three would give talks on Islam at the dinner to be held at the Felda Hall, Jalan Maktab off Jalan Semarak.
“This charity dinner is unlike any others. We want to showcase the many different, fascinating and unique facets of the Muslim world.
“The aim is to show that Islam is global, borderless and transcends cultural boundaries,” she said.
“We are selling each table at between RM3,000 and RM10,000,” Isfahani said, adding that some 100 tables would be set up.
Proceeds from the dinner would be donated to Perkim in Bangsar and Islamic Outreach-Abim.
About 1,000 cans of Mecca Cola, 300 copies of the United Kingdom Muslim directory and Chinese calligraphy pieces will be given out to those attending the dinner.
Diners can also buy books penned by the three men and CDs at the function.
Isfahani also said the three men would be present at the opening of OIC Expo 2003 at the Putrajaya exhibition centre on Oct 14.
The expo, to be held between Oct 14 and 19, is in conjunction with the 10th Summit of the OIC.
“While Yusuf and Shyakh Hamza will be leaving on Oct 15, Sanders will be here until Oct 25 as he has taken up a booth at the Expo to display and sell 50 of his photographs,” she said.
Yusuf Islam, who embraced Islam in 1977, became an active member of the Muslim society in Britain in areas such as children, education, missionary and humanitarian work.
Shaykh Hamza is the founder of Zaytuna Institute in California, an organisation committed to inspiring the traditional understanding and the study of the core Islamic science.
He embraced Islam in 1977 when he was 17 and immediately set out on a spiritual journey which took him to many Muslim countries. He currently gives lectures on Islam in North American and European cities.
Sanders, who was born in London in 1946, established himself in the 1960s capturing on film many of the pop stars of that era including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Doors.
He embraced Islam in 1970. In 1971, he was granted the unique opportunity to photograph the rituals of haj in Mecca.
His continued travels have taken him to many Muslim countries.