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Cat Stevens: Yusuf Islam

In 1976, Stevens nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu, and as he struggled in the water, he has said he shouted, “Oh God! If you save me I will work for you!” During his recovery, his brother gave him a copy of the Koran, and thus began his Islamic conversion. After officially adopting the religion in 1977, the artist changed his name to Yusuf Islam, the Muslim name for Joseph. “I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On the Road to Find Out,’ it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was traveling,” Stevens told Rolling Stone in 2009.

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