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Old 12-10-2002, 07:52 PM   #21
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Actually, I think the proper translation would be "Yusef Islam." That is the name Cat Stevens took when he converted to Islam, and it would translate to Joseph "Joe" Muslim. He did, however, accept the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against Salman Rushdie, causing Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs to pull the Cat Stevens song "Peace Train" from all futute pressings of hte IN MY TRIBE CD.

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Yusuf Islam Issues A Formal Statement On The Rushdie Affair
By Yusuf Islam
March 2nd, 1989

Under Islamic Law, the ruling regarding blasphemy is quite clear; the person found guilty of it must be put to death. Only under certain circumstances can repentance be accepted.
On 21st February, I was speaking to a group of students at the Kingston Polytechnic, and in response to a question, I simply stated the Islamic ruling on the Rushdie affair. Suddenly. my picture was splashed on the front page of newspapers all over the world next to the headline: 'Kill Rushdie says Cat Stevens (Bio)'. It is very sad to see such irresponsibility from the 'free press' and I am totally abhorred.

My only crime was, I suppose, in being honest. I stood up and expressed my belief and I am in no way apologizing for it. I expressed the Islamic view based on the Qur'an, the Prophet's sayings (peace and blessings be upon him) and the rulings of the Caliphs and renowned schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

However, that is not to say I am encouraging people to break the law or take it into their own hands: far from it. Under the Islamic Law, Muslims are bound to keep within the limits of the law of the country in which they live, providing that it does not restrict the freedom to worship and serve God and fulfil their basic religious duties (fard'ayn). One must not forget the ruling in Islam is also very clear about adultery, stealing and murder, but that doesn't mean that British Muslims will go about lynching and stoning adulterers, theives and murderers. If we can't get satisfaction within the present limits of the law, like a ban on this blasphemous book, 'Satanic Verses' which insults God and His prophets - including those prophets honoured by Christians, Jews as well as Muslims - this does not mean that we should step outside of the law to find redress. No. If Mrs. Thatcher and her Government are unwilling to listen to our pleas, if our demonstrations and peaceful lobbying don't work, then perhaps the only alternative is for Muslims to get more involved in the political process of this country. It seems to be the only way left for us.

The fundimental issue which has put the non-Muslim world at loggerheads with Islam, is not that of the book or attempts to ban it. Indeed it is encouraging that many non-Muslims, including the Archbishop of Canterbury endore the request of Muslims that the Blasphemy Law be extended to cover the Islamic faith. When Jim Allen's play 'Perdition' was harassed out of existance by angry jews - some of whom burned an effigy of the writer - the British reaction was muted. The present attitude of the Government and press is obviously as a result of their opposition to the Islamic legal ruling that Rushdie should be executed and the fact that it has come from an Islamic country.

The fact is that as far as the application of Islamic Law and the implementation of full Islamic way of life in Britain is concerned, Muslims realize that there is very little chance of that happening in the near future. But that shouldn't stop us from trying to improve the situation and presenting the Islamic viewpoint wherever and whenever possible. That is the duty of ever Muslim and that is what I did.
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So basically Yusuf is saying that yes, Salman Rushdie deserves to die but he won't kill kil him in Britain because that's against british law and he'll end up in jail.

Nice.
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If there was ever an argument for complete separation of church and state...



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Yusuf's explanation is ambiguous at best.

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If there was ever an argument for complete separation of church and state...
Well, maybe an argument against theocracies. Sometime the idea of separation of church and state is used to stifle a church.

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Sometime the idea of separation of church and state is used to stifle a church.

How so?
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Well, maybe an argument against theocracies. Sometime the idea of separation of church and state is used to stifle a church.
Yeah...it's used to prevent a church from forcing its beliefs on everyone. But you know what? It's necessary, because the last thing we need is religion and all of its irrational tendencies to start dictating "law." Mosaic Law, for instance, isn't exactly the pinnacle of "justice"; just an excuse for a bloodbath in the name of God.

And I've made a decision: if I ever become part of a school that starts mandating school prayer someday, I'll make sure to pray the "Hail Mary" every morning openly, and start asking for saints to pray for everyone and the conversion of Protestantism from its heretical ways.

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And I've made a decision: if I ever become part of a school that starts mandating school prayer someday, I'll make sure to pray the "Hail Mary" every morning openly, and start asking for saints to pray for everyone and the conversion of Protestantism from its heretical ways.
Well, in your intelligent, humorous way you've highlighted the real reason why we should not have mandatory prayer in school.

I'd have to spend every evening explining to my son why we don't pray to earth spirits or St. Hubbins.
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So basically Yusuf is saying that yes, Salman Rushdie deserves to die but he won't kill kil him in Britain because that's against british law and he'll end up in jail.

Nice.
Yep. I saw an interview with him shortly after 9/11 where he once again addressed the Rushdie thing and he got all indignant about how he had been misinterpreted, and how he did not call for Rushdie's death, and then I read this and though ambiguous, still pretty much says the book is blasphemous, a crime punishable by death under Islam law.
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It's kind of the logic whereas a spouse abuser blames the victim, stating "s/he made me do it." "I never wanted to kill Salman Rushdie. Allah made me do it."

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Peace Train by Cat Stevens

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train

Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
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Yep. I saw an interview with him shortly after 9/11 where he once again addressed the Rushdie thing and he got all indignant about how he had been misinterpreted, and how he did not call for Rushdie's death, and then I read this and though ambiguous, still pretty much says the book is blasphemous, a crime punishable by death under Islam law.
Hmmm.

So this is really not about Cat Stevens, but the question becomes "what does the Quran really say about this subject?"

When discussing Islam, we rarely discuss the source of the Muslim's truth, we only ask what this Muslim or that Muslim believes.

It is a tricky subject because of the progressive nature of Mohammad's relevations.
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