World exclusive: Interview with Sami Yusuf Mon 3 Nov 2003
"Where did you come from?" is a question that many have asked since your meteoric rise in the nasheed world. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sami: All praise is for God, Lord of the worlds, and may He bless and grant peace on His final messenger Muhammad, his family, companions, and all those who follow him until the Day of Judgment. Asalaamu Alaykum. I am originally from Persia, the part that most people would call Azerbaijan but sadly, because of the fact that I've been raised here, I don't really know that much about Azerbaijan to share with you. But, from the little that I do know, the Azeri people are very spiritual with a deep appreciation of art and beauty. I feel that being of Azeri background has certainly helped me appreciate how diverse, vast and colourful the Muslim world actually is. But nevertheless, we are all united in faith - Alhamdulillah (thanks be to God).


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For the love of God: Sami Yusuf, hailed as the new voice of European Islam, tells Dena Rashed about inspiration, improving his Arabic, and life as a role model. Thur 4 Nov 2004

"It was a typical Ramadan evening: young women and men crammed into a café filled with shisha smoke and noise. A number of TV screens scattered around the room were playing the latest songs, most of them accompanied by images of young women in less than demure dress writhing in front of the camera. And then, breaking through the smog of noise, came a different song, as if dropping down from another more peaceful planet into the midst of chaos.

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Sami Yusuf: Breaking the Shackles of Bigotry Through Inshad, Tues 16 March 2004

Sami Yusuf is a rising star in the sky of Islamic Inshad. Composition, superior voice, carefully chosen lyrics and, above all, devotion to Islam, make him the perfect model for a true artist with a noble cause.

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Sami Yusuf is fast becoming, or arguably is, the UK's leading Nasheed singer. In Muslim culture Nasheeds are a popular form of music that praise the Prophet (peace be upon him) and glorify Allah. Typically few, if any, instruments feature in a Nasheed and the human voice is expected to carry the Nasheed

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Making music with Sami Yusuf
SAMI YUSUF,THE UK'S NEWEST MUSLIM VOICE IS TAKING THE NATION BY STORM
How does Azeri culture influence your spirituality and your? All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds, and blessing and peace be upon His final messenger sayyidina Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), his family, companions, and all those who follow him until the Day of Judgement. Peace be upon you. My parents are of Azeri descent but I've been brought up in the United Kingdom...

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Play it again Sami..
Sami Yusuf and his debut album Al Mu'allim exploded onto the nasheed scene at last July's Raihan concert in London, renewing an area of British Muslim life that had been a cultural backwater with few dedicated patrons for far too long. Sami Yusuf, 23,,is of Azeri origin, and still speaks Azeri at home. "My Azeri is not perfect," he states, but his talent for languages - "I speak English and Farsi and am planning to advance my Arabic and Islamic studies by going to Egypt for a year in September" - is a suggestive of his gift for the spoken word. The youngest in the family, he lives at home with his parents, brother and sister, and divides his time between full-time study and work. Sami defines his identity as a Muslim and has always been a spiritual person, describing himself as "intuitive, curious and always in awe and admiration of the wonders and creation of God.

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