The Story of Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam

Surely you have heard of peaceful 1970s folk singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, but are you familiar with the reason he was inspired to rename himself Yusuf Islam?
In 1977 Stevens came close to death by almost drowning, and while he was recovering he began to read

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a copy of the Qu’ran that his brother had given him. According to Stevens, reading the sacred text filled him with a sense of peace and aided in his recovery from the accident. He was so moved and inspired, that he decided to convert to Islam. The tradition is that when one converts to Islam one changes their name to mark the spiritual transformation. Stevens chose to name himself Yusuf, after the prophet Joseph who was the interpreter of dreams.

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