Saturday, November 27, 2010

Preaching can change perception on Islam: Yusof

(From left) Wife of Yusof Islam, Fauzia Mubarak Ali, Dr Sheikh Yusof Islam, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
KUALA LUMPUR: A comprehensive study on the concept of peace and harmony was crucial as it served as the purpose of life, said humanitarian and preacher Dr Yusof Islam.

Yusof, who was known as Cat Stevens before converted to Islam said before he converted and in the midst of searching for a peaceful mind, he has chosen to preach because through this way the wrong perception on the religion especially in the western societies could be corrected.

“For me, preaching was part of Islam because it brings us towards the right path. The message from Islam was true and the teaching was on harmonious.

“However, when we preach we should have first talk to the Islam community because it encourage interaction and knowledge sharing,” he said at the tazkirah after solat at Masjid Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah today.

Earlier at Malaysia Hari Ini, a TV3 programme, the former song writer and singer said music was a harmony element which was able to show peace and the beauty of life if it was used properly.

“When the world was tired of the war and politic issues, there is when the harmonious music should play out,” he said.

He added that Malaysia was a unique place where Asian communities with different races and religions are living in peace and harmony, at the same time preserving the traditions and growing with the new technologies.

Yusof together with his wife, Fauzia Mubarak Ali were also meeting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today.

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