Posted by: peribadirasulullah | Mac 13, 2010

Sejarah Yusuf Islam-Cat Setevens

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March : March 23.
Yusuf records a message of support for the London Concert for Peace held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Artists from Opera, Theatre, Ballet, Comedy and Music, plus journalists and writers, contribute their thoughts and talents to the evening’s proceedings.

anuary : January 15.
The Islamia Girls’ School tops the London Borough of Brent’s examination league table with an exceptional 100% pass rate. Placed second is the Brondesbury College with a 95% pass rate.

February : February.
Yusuf attends the ‘Peacemaking in the Family’ conference at the United Nations Headquarters (New York) where he presents a short film on the support Small Kindness is providing to orphans and needy families.

March : March.
Yusuf is honoured with an award by The Young Businessman’s Association in Turkey for his “work in education, humanitarian relief and world peace.”

March : March. champions the case for a number of recording artists, including Cat Stevens, deserving of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Cat Stevens was so talented and his music so loved that he became one of the most popular recording artists of those times [late 60’s and early 70’s]… It would certainly be a well deserved honor for the Cat to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

April : April.
The DVD release of the legendary 1976 Majikat North American tour is announced.

May : May 17.
Majikat live DVD released.

May : May 22.
Yusuf together with friends of Small Kindness gather in New York and Los Angeles for the official launch of the charity’s new office in the US. Yusuf also visits an Interfaith initiative in Washington as well as the offices of USAID to discuss possible co-operation on future projects.

June : June.
Majikat tops Germany’s music DVD charts for four consecutive weeks.

September : September 21.
Whilst on a flight to Nashville, Yusuf is refused entry into the United States. No official reason is given for the action. The deportation leads British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to complain personally to Secretary of State Colin Powel at the United Nations. Two years later Yusuf is admitted without incident into the US for several radio performances and interviews.

October : October 19.
Yusuf delivers the keynote lecture at The Royal Institution, London, as part of the Sargent Lecture Series in aid of Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

October : October 23.
Yusuf receives the inaugural presentation of the WANGO Humanitarian Award 2004 in Budapest, Hungary, for “helping the most vulnerable victims of war and conflict, including alleviating the suffering of families and children in the Balkans and the Middle East.”

November : November.
Night of Remembrance Double CD released by Mountain of Light Productions.

November : November 1.
Yusuf attends the proceedings of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award where he delivers a speech titled, ‘Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Mercy to the Whole Universe’.

November : November 10.
Yusuf is presented with the ‘Man for Peace’ award by Mikhail Gorbachev on behalf of a committee of Nobel peace laureates for having worked to “alleviate the suffering of thousands of children and their parents and dedicating himself to promoting peace, reconciling people and the condemnation of terrorism.”

November : November 21.
The Sunday Times newspaper issues an apology to Yusuf Islam following the publication of a false and defamatory article. Yusuf receives substantial libel damages which he donates to charity.

November : November 25.
Yusuf Islam joins Nelson Mandela, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor, to launch a book celebrating the 46664 AIDS benefit concert.

December : December.
Yusuf joins a host of international artists to perform at the Voices for Darfur concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the displaced people of Darfur and Chad.

December : December.
Yusuf and other delegates from his International Board of Educational Research and Resources travel to Doha, Qatar, for the ‘Into Tomorrow’ international conference focusing on challenges in education in the 21st century.

December : December 7.
The Sun newspaper issues an apology to Yusuf Islam following the publication of a false and defamatory article. Yusuf receives substantial libel damages which he donates to charity.

December : December 26.
A devastating tsunami hits the Indian Ocean region killing upwards of a quarter of a million people in eleven countries.

January : January 13.
The Brondesbury College tops the London Borough of Brent’s examination league table with an unbeatable 100% pass rate. The Islamia Girls’ School finishes a highly commendable third with a 95% pass rate.

January : January 31.
Yusuf performs at a tsunami benefit concert in Jakarta in aid of the victims of the South East Asia tsunami.

February : February 20.
Yusuf receives an award from Friends of Islam in recognition of his “contribution towards a greater understanding between Islam and the West”. Friends of Islam is a UK-based all party Parliamentary group that has a membership of some 125 Parliamentarians.

March : March.
Yusuf’s new song ‘Indian Ocean’ officially released as a download in aid of the victims of the South East Asia tsunami.

April : April 21.
Yusuf receives a standing ovation during a celebration and remembrance ceremony at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi. He delivers a short lecture titled ‘Celebrating The Prophet’ and continues with a solo rendition of the classical nashid song, Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna, and a new arrangement of Wind East And West.

May : May 28.
Yusuf is the keynote speaker at the Adopt-A-Minefield Gala in Düsseldorf where he duets with Sir Paul McCartney.

June : June 2.
Yusuf travels to Nigeria where members of his International Board of Educational Research and Resources conduct workshops for schools and teachers in the region. Yusuf delivers lectures in Abuja and Lagos.

June : June 11.
Together with his wife and son, Yusuf visits Darfur to assess humanitarian needs.

July : July 14.
Pupils and staff at Yusuf’s schools stand together in the playground at noon, joining millions of other Londoners in observing a two minute silence to remember those who died in the July 7 attacks.

September : September.
The UK Home Office invites Yusuf to convene an education working group to help identify a “full range of education services, in the UK, that meet the needs of the Muslim community.” The working group publishes a range of recommendations.

September : September.
Yusuf is invited to the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to take part in the twice yearly cleaning of the Kabah ceremony. Participation in the ceremony is a blessed privilege afforded to a rare few during which honoured guests ritually clean the Kabah’s structure, both inside and outside.

September : September 20.
Yusuf opens the new Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK in Cardiff, Wales.

October : October 19.
Yusuf is named Songwriter of the Year by the American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers in London and receives Song of the Year honours for The First Cut is the Deepest.

October : October 20.
Yusuf delivers ‘The Muslim Citizen in a Global Village’ lecture at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

November : November 4.
The University of Gloucestershire awards Yusuf an honorary doctorate for services to education and humanitarian relief.

January : January 4.
Yusuf is awarded the Mediterranean Prize for Peace in a ceremony in Naples, Italy. He receives the award “as a result of the work he has done to increase peace in the world”.

January : January 21.
Yusuf performs at the Dear Mr Fantasy concert in memory of Jim Capaldi.

February : February.
An Other Cup goes gold in the UK, Austria and Italy. Platinum in Germany.

March : March 1.
Yusuf performs first live concert in 28 years at the Porchester Hall, London. The ‘Yusuf’s Café’ session is filmed and later broadcast by the BBC.

March : March 28.
Single: Midday (Avoid City After Dark) released.

March : March 25.
Yusuf is presented with the ECHO Award in Berlin, Germany, for his work as a musician and ambassador between cultures.

May : May 14.
Single: Maybe There’s A World released.

May : May 24.
Yusuf receives the Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Song Collection. The awards are given by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and are recognised as one of the highest honours for songwriters.

June : June 25.
Yusuf’s Café session is released on DVD together with Yusuf’s ‘A Few Good Songs’ BBC documentary.

June : June 30.
Yusuf participates in the Challenge Future Conference in Bochum, Germany, held in support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Peace Centre in South Africa and Deborah & Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation. Yusuf takes part in a round table discussion with other musicians and the next day performs at a special concert.

July : July 7.
Yusuf performs as special guest at Live Earth, Hamburg, closing the show with a five song set. Live Earth initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change. The world-wide concerts brought together more than 150 musical acts.

July : July 10.
Yusuf is awarded an honorary Law Doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his contribution to music and to improving understanding between Islamic and Western cultures.

September : September 21.
Yusuf joins an all-star line up for the Peace One Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

November : November.
Yusuf joins other prominent community leaders to launch Mosques for Children in Need, an initiative to gather the support of UK mosques for BBC’s Children in Need campaign.

Monday 1st March

Great British Muslim Scholar and Friend Dies

Yusuf attended the funeral of one of the most learned and experienced British Muslims, Gai Eaton, on Saturday 27th February at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking. He was deeply saddened by his passing and holds Gai (Hassan) to be one of the greatest British Muslims he ever had the good fortune to meet.

Charles le Gai Eaton, also known as Hassan Abdul Hakeem, died on Friday, on the eve of the Prophet’s birthday. He was 89. A popular writer and Muslim convert, Gai is celebrated for playing a significant role in Islam in Britain and has been referred to as the “closest towering patriarch in articulating Islam for modern Britain.”

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1921 and raised as an agnostic by his parents, Gai was educated at Charterhouse and King’s College, Cambridge. He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt, and joined the British Diplomatic service in 1949. He converted to Islam in 1951.

“A philosopher of love at heart, his writings are some of the most profound insights to the spiritual depth of Islamic thought and understanding,” said Yusuf Islam, “he was a friend and the best example you could dream of having during the days of my early steps in Islam.”

Following his conversion, Gai Eaton served as an inspiration to the Muslim community in the West. His books include “Islam and the Destiny of Man,” “King of the Castle” and “Remembering God.” He also worked with Yusuf on his album, “Prayers of the Last Prophet,” book and CD, reading the verses of the Qur’an in English.

“May God bless the departed soul of our brother and elder, Hassan, and grant him the best and highest of company in the Garden of Bliss, which is where this man always seemed to me to belong.”

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