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Yusuf Islam on Colbert Report

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    1. Imtiaz May 15th, 2009 at 10:32 am

      Very smart decision by our beloved Br. Yusuf Islam. He will be able t o use his “former” identity to clarify some harsh opinions about Islam out there.

    2. Saad Malik May 15th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      Notice how he never says his last name. Just calls him by “Yusuf”.

    3. MR May 15th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      @Saad – Have you ever seen an Music artist on the show being referred to by their real name? Yusuf is his album name like “Jay-Z” or “Lil Wayne”. They usually never refer to them with their full real names.

      Yusuf is what he known by since he dropped his album with it.

    4. AnonyMuslim May 15th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      What a pious and humble servant of Allah.

      May Allah preserve him.

    5. Anonymous May 15th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

      WOW! I really want to call out Saad right now but I will cease.

      Does Colbert always act like this? Because I never found him funny AT ALL.

    6. Abdullah May 15th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      Colbert is the man and it’s awesome that he had Yusuf Islam as a guest on his show.

    7. tr May 15th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      beautiful responses to funny comments.

    8. Green Child May 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      Damn you America!!!

      arrrrrghhh – i can’t watch this vid just because I live in Canada.

    9. umar Nasir May 15th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    10. rashad May 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      Comedy Central videos don’t work in Canada, you need to watch them on The Comedy Network site:

    11. Mohammed Khan May 15th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      He also performed on Jay Leno, and is on Jimmy Fallon tonight. May Allah grant him success.

    12. ReggaePoweredDC2 May 15th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      Wasn’t he blacklisted from entering America?

    13. Dawud Israel May 15th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

      Doesn’t he remind you of a grandfather type figure?

      I don’t wanna restart the old music debates, but is there anything online where Yusuf Islam talks about his own thoughts on it? Just outta curiosity

    14. farooq May 16th, 2009 at 1:12 am

      hmm. back to the haraam instruments huh? its not a debate by the way

    15. Koorosh Vahabi May 16th, 2009 at 2:32 am

      I have seen people quit alcohol, drugs, zina and every other sin.

      But for some reason, people have a hard time leaving music.

      They always go back to it.

      This is just an observation. Not looking to begin a debate.



    16. Jawaad Ahmad Khan May 16th, 2009 at 10:40 am

      Yusuf Islam on Jimmy Fallon here.

      he only performs at the end of the video (a little after the last ad)

    17. Green Child May 16th, 2009 at 11:19 am

      @ Dawud Israel,

      He has two websites, a website for his albums, and one for his points of view.
      His opinion-based website is

      Here is a link to his islamic opinion about music:

    18. Green Child May 16th, 2009 at 11:30 am

      Here are some further links on music opinions:

    19. Zecchetti May 16th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      Any idea why he returned to musical instruments?

    20. h.ahmed May 16th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

      TO answer several of the comments above, please read:


      The latter is a link to an article written by Yusuf Islam himself, in which he discusses music in detail and his views on why he believes not only that music is Islamically permissible, but how music can even be a praiseworthy act and a successful medium for dawah.

    21. h.ahmed May 16th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

      and also:

    22. Usman Akhtar May 16th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

      That pdf with Yusuf Islam’s opinions on music doesn’t hold much weight because he doesn’t quote direct hadith, rather he just says that some hadith say such and such – so his credibility kind of deteriorates a little. He also uses the logic that because the Abbasid Dynasty and the Andalusian Dynasty had used musical instruments it makes it halal to use them – those communities were far from what our role model communities should be.

    23. umar sattar May 17th, 2009 at 12:45 am

      usman you’re so pious man we should all be like you

    24. Qas May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 am

      I would like to be like Usman actually. He has good points in his comment and was not rude at all.

    25. Usman Akhtar May 17th, 2009 at 10:17 am

      lol – i didn’t say anything as to what my opinions about music are, i was just talking about the specific yusuf islam article. All i’m saying is if you brought that article to an imam to give proof towards an opinion, he wouldn’t think much of it.

      nevertheless, i love Yusuf Islam, he’s donated tons of money to Islamic organizations and his nasheeds are awesome. I just hope he continues making nasheeds and doesn’t focus the majority of his time on just songs, the way dawud wharnsby ali has started doing.

      To be fair, one thing he said that I really liked in his article was the fact that the direct word for music was never mentioned in hadith or the quran – and instead in Allah’s wisdom – words like “idle talk” were used, and Yusuf Islam used that to show that it is not necessary that ALL music is haram.

    26. W Ali May 17th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      Here’s an interview he did in Canada about his last album, An Other Cup. It’s a bit lengthy but he does talk about his return to music.

    27. Green Child May 18th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

      The Hour is a really good show, thanks for the link W ali

    28. Carrie May 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

      I just think that its beautiful that he said, Muslims are always saying peace, its the first thing you learn, Islam is peace =]

      And Yes Stephen Colbert is always this way, he took it easy on Yusuf. He was obviously a fan of him when he was Cat Stevens and was honored to have him on the show. In a show last month Stephen Colbert said when talking about Islam that it was a beautiful religion sent down to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)….Most people leave off the prophet part all together

      Colbert has a lot of respect for muslims and all races and religions and countries although his tv persona acts like he is only for americans and won’t tolerate anything else. Its just a character.

    29. Hassan May 22nd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

      The majority of muslims appear to believe that Islamic law (fiq) is a giant book of do’s and don’ts that was written by the prophet. That notion couldn’t be further from the truth. Fiq, both for personal life and society, is a diverse and multi-faceted study where many schools have many opinions.

      thankfully, Muslims are not bound by the ruling of the biggest school, or the loudest school. They are not bound by the rulings of someone from Egypt or Damascus. The Ulema of the past 1400 years agree, those who follow a legitimate scholar who’s opinion on a matter does not violate a basic principle of Islam, are safe from harm or punishment.

      As far as Music itself, the hadith against Music are so weak and few, and clearly in conflict with hadith allowing music. Would the prophet have allowed Aisha to drink alcohol on Eid? Would he allow her to eat pork on Eid? Of course not, so his allowing her to listen to musical instruments on Eid means those instruments are merely a distraction and frivolous play, NOT a forbidden thing.

      As for saying drums are hallal and string instruments are haraam, these are empty ramblings. If you want to get into the moral fibre of instruments, strings have always been relaxing and meditative, while drums are always violent and sexualized.

    30. Hassan May 22nd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

      Haha, nevermind. I suddenly realize i don’t want a music debate either.

    31. Hassan May 22nd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

      All i mean is Yusuf Islam has a legitimate message and opinion. There is nothing unIslamic or haraam about his return to musical instruments, because it is a matter of Fiq, and fiq varies from place to place and school to school.

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