Unfortunately, the dominant discourse on Islam has devolved into the politics of fear and control. When people conceptualize Islam, the typical Muslim is often perceived as hairy and scary. These popular images contrast with the life and ethics of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam), referred to in the Qur’an as “A Mercy to the Worlds.” The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) in his life exemplified a sincere concern for the creation of God and has been described as the universal man.
An annual event devoted towards providing authentic portrayals of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) as understood by mainstream Muslims is the Celebrate Mercy webinar. I was honored to be involved in the first event in February of 2010 which featured a variety of lectures from prominent scholars and performances from various artists. One of the artists that performed was Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). I’ve decided to post the video from the event below as Celebrate Mercy is holding a benefit dinner this Friday in Chicago with speakers such Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Zaid Shakir (via webcast), and other ‘Ulema and performers. If you live in the Chicago area, I strongly encourage you to check it out and convey my salams to the organizers. (“To Know Him is to Love Him: CelebrateMercy Benefit Dinner at 7pm in Chicago”)
Here is the video of Yusuf Islam’s performance:
May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) increase us in the love of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) and instill within us all his noble outward and inward qualities. Ameen!