Singer Sami Yusuf at a crossroads

13 August 2010

Sami Yusuf is one of the biggest names in Muslim pop. The Iranian-born,
British Muslim artist is one of the most popular singers in the Arab
world and the Middle East. He has released three albums since 2003, sold
millions of records and played to hundreds of thousands of fans across
the globe.

But the singer is now at a crossroads. He has decided to set his sights
on a non-Muslim audience by singing more commercial songs without
religious themes. This is the dilemma facing Sami Yusuf now: how can he
reconcile his Muslim faith with the ruthless demands of a pop industry
that makes its biggest profits from the most outrageous artists?

British Muslim peace concert held in London

A peace concert in London Sunday aims to focus British Muslims on the bloody conflict in Darfur but also symbolises efforts to unite the community amid widespread suspicion of Islam here, organisers say. “This is really something monumental, it has never been done before,” said Sami Yusuf, a 27-year-old British star who often sings about Islam and is due to top the bill at Wembley Arena in north-west London.