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?