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.— Cat Stevens
The most revolutionary Cat Stevens quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
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.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again.
I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one.
And I believe it could be someday it's going to come.
Take your time, think a lot, Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not. From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen. Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away. I know I have to go.
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.
Ooh baby, baby, it's a wild world, it's hard just to get by upon a smile.
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.
Life is a journey, you know; and a lot of journeys, you go out, you come back.
Islam is not just a religion. Islam is everything.
And though you want to last forever, You know you never will, You know you never will, And the good-bye makes the journey harder still.
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.
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.
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.
In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything.
I think that's kind of natural for anyone who's just embraced Islam - or any religion - as a convert. 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.
The verses talked about other Prophets as brothers preaching the same unifying script of mankind, showing every man and woman the way to Paradise. I saw the names of Jesus, of Moses, of Abraham, of Jacob, of Noah and of course, crucially, the name of this last messenger, the last Messenger of God, Muhammad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out There's so much left to know, and I'm on the road to find out.
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.
Positive thoughts and prayer have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness to light.
I remember when I was a kid, when I just used to love listening to something again and again and over and over. You know, everybody else got sick of it, but I loved that discovery of music and what it did to my world, to my imagination. And so I started really considering, "Yeah, I've got to do more," for kids, particularly.
You may still be here tomorrow...but your dreams may not.
After embracing Islam in 1977, I considered the majority of underprivileged dark-skinned people of the so-called Third World brothers and sisters in humanity.
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.
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.
Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context.
A flight from London carrying the artist we all used to know as Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangor, Maine after his name showed up on a terrorist no-fly list. I tell you, it's a real success story in the war on terror. You know, we finally got the guy that wrote "Peace Train.
I enjoy life. I think I'll enjoy death even more. Life is too confusing.
A person who steals bread during a famine is not treated as a thief.
I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.
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.
If you want to be free, be free, because there's a million things to be.
It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters.
The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands: it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on more innocent families and communities.
To be calm when you've found something going on
But when it comes to being loved, she's first/That's how I know The first cut is the deepest.
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.
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.
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.
Don't you feel a change a coming From another side of time, Breaking down the walls of silence, Lifting shadows from your mind.
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.
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.
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.
There was no division I could see between the essential teaching of all Prophets and wise men of religion.
Rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing.